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Properties Recently Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Full text nominations for Oregon properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places within the last six months can be found below. If a property is not listed below, please contact Tracy Zeller at (503) 986-0690 or Tracy.Zeller@oregon.gov for an electronic or paper copy. 
A complete list of inventoried and National Register-listed properties is available online through the Oregon Historic Sites Database.  

Hannah and Eliza Gorman House, Benton County, Corvallis, Listed February 24, 2015

The circa 1857-1866 house north of downtown Corvallis is important as one of only a handful of pioneer-era houses remaining in the community of Corvallis.  Mother and daughter Hannah and Eliza Gorman, both slaves, immigrated from Missouri to Oregon over the Oregon Trail in 1844.  Once freed from bondage, the Gormans, both unmarried, purchased the property and built their house during a period in which Oregon’s exclusion laws prohibited African Americans from owning property.  Built in two phases, the simple house served as their home and place of business, where they became well-respected citizens in the community, working as a laundress and seamstress.  Eliza Gorman died in 1869.  After her death Hannah moved to Portland and in 1875 she sold the house and property in Corvallis. The Hannah and Eliza Gorman House is one of a very small percentage of settlement-era dwellings remaining in the Willamette Valley, and one of even fewer buildings remaining in Oregon that are associated with African American pioneers.


 --> Download the Hannah and Eliza Gorman House nomination [pdf]

--> View the record in the Historic Sites Database [link]


The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather, Lincoln County, Otter Rock,

Listed January 14, 2015

Built in 1937, it is improbably perched on a knobby promontory on the jagged south flank of Cape Foulweather, 453 feet above the Pacific Ocean. This secondary headland is commonly known as Otter Crest, a name also appropriated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the adjacent State Scenic Viewpoint. The Look-Out was built and operated by Wilbur “Buck” and Anna Badley. The business began briefly as the Foulweather Coffee Shop, but soon shifted into a very successful gift shop when the Badleys realized people were most interested in purchasing souvenirs of their visit to the coast.  Upon the completion of the Roosevelt Coast Military Highway (U.S. 101) in 1932 and associated bridges in 1936, tourists could more easily travel and visit sites along the Pacific Ocean. The Look-Out is an excellent example of an isolated entrepreneurial venture along the central coast that capitalized on the public investment based upon the urging and support of the citizens of Oregon. This building is also associated with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Beach Patrol, which operated in Oregon from 1942 to 1944.  After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the coastline was considered vulnerable to attack and constant surveillance was vital to protect the U.S. from further attacks.  The Look-Out was a strategic vantage point from which to watch for enemy invasion. Six men from the Coast Guard resided in The Look-Out to help defend the coast during this period of time.  A place for visitors to enjoy spectacular views, watch for whales and other sea life, and purchase souvenirs of their travels to the central Oregon coast, The Look-Out is now an Oregon State Park facility that continues to provide unique experiences for those who travel to see the Pacific Ocean and all that it has to offer.
--> Download The Look-Out on Capefoulweather nomination [pdf]
--> View the record in the Historic Sites Database [link]


Malcolm McDonald House, Washington County, Hillsboro, Listed January 14, 2015


The 1912 McDonald House, located in the Orenco neighborhood of Hillsboro, is a large, stately, Arts and Crafts residence that was built for Malcolm McDonald, one of the two men responsible for expanding the Oregon Nursery Company and founding the community of Orenco.  The house, which was built in the same style as the nearby house of his business partner Archibald McGill and Oregon Nursery Company office, exhibits many fine architectural elements and materials.
Orenco was formed first as a settlement to support the Oregon Nursery Company operations, and then evolved into an incorporated city following the nursery’s success. The Company had re-located from Salem to the Hillsboro area in 1906 and expanded their holdings to eventually become the largest nursery on the West Coast.
The McDonald House, which is owned by the City of Hillsboro, is located within a large open space that will be developed as a nature park. “The attention to detail and sheer size of the home clearly conveys its significance within the Orenco town site and its association with the Oregon Nursery Company,” said Wayne Gross, director of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation. “We are honored to own such a beautiful home and to preserve it for generations to come.”
--> Download the Malcom McDonald House nomination [pdf]
--> View the record in the Historic Sites Database [link]
Peter John Lindberg House, Curry County, Port Orford, Listed January 7, 2015

Designed and constructed by local businessman and community leader Peter J. Lindberg between 1892 and 1896, the Lindberg family home is recognized as a locally unique example of a Queen Anne-style residence. Notable architectural details include decorative unpainted wood shingles laid in complex patterns, distinctive two-story tower, and a prominent bay window. Lindberg was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1851. After a brief career as a sailor he settled in San Francisco where he learned the building trades before arriving in Port Orford in 1882 with his wife and family. Though lacking formal training, Lindberg constructed many buildings in the community, including the National Register-listed 1898 Patrick and Jane Hughes farm house. The remaining homes built by Lindbergh exhibit fine craftsmanship and embody the key features of the Queen Anne Style, including a complex shape and ornate decoration. His personal home is the best example of his work.

--> Download the Peter John Lindberg House nomination [pdf]

--> View the record in the Historic Sites Database [link]

Gaiety Hollow, Marion County, Salem, Listed December 16, 2014

The Lord and Schryver House and Garden, also known as Gaiety Hollow, is a 1932 Colonial Revival house and garden by prominent Salem architect Clarence Smith, with the garden designed by Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver. Lord and Schryver formed the first woman-owned landscape architecture firm in the Pacific Northwest in 1929, after training on the East Coast and in Europe. The property is located in the Gaiety Hill/Bush’s Pasture Park Historic District. It is being recognized now because of recent research that has revealed the importance of Lord and Schryver’s own garden, in which they experimented with new design concepts and showcased their work over the 40 years they were in business. Lord, who was daughter of the William Paine Lord, the ninth governor of Oregon and later an ambassador to Argentina, began her career later in life, deciding to attend the Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture in Groton, Massachusetts at the age of 39. Lord and Schryver met in Europe in 1927 and decided to return to Lord’s home town of Salem to establish their business. They achieved great success due in part to Lord’s social connections, as well as a prestigious early commission given to Schryver by her employer in New York, the highly regarded landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman. They established a varied practice, encompassing everything from gardens to large civic projects, at a time when women in the profession were often known for residential garden design. They introduced a sophisticated sense of design to the Northwest and their home garden, which is still intact, has been widely lauded from the time it was fully established in 1938 to the present day. In addition to their design work, Lord and Schryver were recognized throughout their careers for their work to increase recognition of the landscape profession and its professionalization in Oregon. They tirelessly promoted the profession through their writing, teaching, active work in professional organizations, community service, and political action for causes important to the profession. Lord and Schryver retired in 1969; Lord died in 1976 at the age 88 and Schryver died in 1984 at the age of 83. The garden is being restored by the Lord & Schryver Conservancy, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The house will be used as a cultural center focusing on the landscape design and legacy of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver.

--> Download the Gaiety Hollow nomination [pdf]

--> View the record in the Historic Sites Database [link]

Lostine Pharmacy, Wallowa County, Lostine, Listed November 24, 2014
In 1900, locally-prominent businessman and leader Simon L. McKenzie and his son Kenneth constructed and opened the two-story Bowlby stone Lostine Pharmacy during a period of growth in the small community of Lostine. A prominent building within town, the Pharmacy building also briefly hosted the first professional medical office, staffed by Dr. Eberle Randolph Seeley. At the turn of the century, pharmacies filled a particularly critical role by offering both a wide variety of medications and merchandise, including hardware and toiletries, among other items. The Pharmacy building also served as the home of Lostine Masonic Lodge #123, which held meetings on the second floor from 1906 until 1962. One of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations, freemasonry is based on a history of stone masonry and teachings derived from the craft. Members gathered to socialize, organized community-wide events, and supported the welfare of their fellow Masons. The Lostine Pharmacy building was recently restored as a local restaurant, and is again a community gathering place.

--> Download the Lostine Pharmacy nomination [pdf]

--> View the record in the Historic Sites Database [link]

 Siskiyou Smokejumper Base (Boundary Increase), Josephine County,                              Cave Junction, Listed November 24, 2014
The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Historic District in Cave Junction, Oregon was recently expanded to include the crew residence area, recognizing the 1954 barracks, bathhouse, and exercise area as part of this historically significant site. Reflective of the early developmental stage of Forest Service smokejumping, the Siskiyou Smokejumber Base served as an example for operations and training along the Pacific Coast, influencing the development of bases in Redding, California and Redmond, Oregon. The portion of the facility previously listed on November 17, 2006 includes the core resources most closely related to firefighting activities, including the Parachute Loft. The inclusion of the historically-associated crew residence area immediately south of the listed district provides a greater historic and physical context for the district as a whole, illustrating the daily activities associated with housing, feeding, training, and entertaining fire crews stationed at the base. The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base currently operates as a museum and is open to the public.

--> Download the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Boundary Increase nomination [pdf]

--> View the record in the Historic Sites Database [link]

Cornucopia Jailhouse, Baker County, Cornucopia, Listed November 24, 2014

The c.1885 Cornucopia Jailhouse was originally built at the former Allentown site, upslope from Pine Valley, to meet the community’s need to establish and maintain general law-and-order in the quickly-growing gold-mining boom town. Along with Allentown’s residents and buildings, the rustic two-story wood-frame Jailhouse moved upslope and closer to the most productive mines to Cornucopia in 1889. While Cornucopia was not as lawless as many other notorious frontier communities, the Jailhouse was an important institution that fostered stability in a town with numerous saloons and bordellos, and served as a temporary holding place for disorderly citizens and criminals waiting for trial. As the last remaining public building in one of Baker County’s most significant mining communities, the Jailhouse is the key resource representing the history and governance of this former mining community.

--> Download the Cornucopia Jailhouse nomination [pdf]

--> View the record in the Historic Sites Database [link]

Aloha Farmhouse, Washington County, Beaverton, Listed September 30, 2014
The Aloha Farmhouse, a modest Craftsman-inspired residence built about 1915, was remodeled by Pietro Belluschi, Oregon’s most renowned 20th century architect, for his own use in 1944 and again about 1946. The period of time in which Belluschi and his family lived in the farmhouse, which was located on a rural, six-acre site with an orchard at that time, was one of the most important and prolific of Belluschi’s career. It was the period preceding his acceptance of the position of Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in which he established the reputation that would lead to the next phase of his long and successful career. Belluschi bought the farmhouse when his boys were small and needed room to grow. He remodeled the house, using the design vocabulary that he had been experimenting with in such Northwest Regional-style houses as his previous Council Crest home, the Philip Joss house, and the Dr. and Mrs. Burkes house, all in Portland. Today the house is little changed from when Belluschi returned to Portland with his family in 1948. It still retains its rustic character, which Belluschi admired when he purchased the house and was careful to preserve in the renovation. Belluschi and his family left Portland for the east coast in early 1951. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he began a successful architectural consulting practice there, on some of the highest profile projects in the country, including the Juilliard School in New York and St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. He returned to Portland in 1973, taking up residence in the Burkes house that he had designed in the mid-1940s. Belluschi died in 1994, at the age of 94. His wife Marjorie lived in the house until 2009. It is now the home of Marti and Anthony Belluschi, Pietro Belluschi’s son, who is also an architect. The Aloha Farmhouse is the last remaining residence that Belluschi designed for himself in the Portland area that also retains its historic character.
--> Download the Aloha Farmhouse nomination [pdf]
--> View the record in the Oregon Historic Sites Database [link]


Paisley Five Mile Caves, County and City redacted, Listed September 24, 2014

Archaeological excavations at the site has produced evidence of human occupation in Oregon beginning 14,300 years ago, nearly 1,000 years earlier than previously thought. The occupation of Paisley Five Mile Point Caves predates the appearance of “Clovis” sites by more than 1,000 years.  Clovis sites characterized by a distinctive projectile point have been documented throughout many regions of the U.S. and for many years been widely accepted as evidence for the first human settlement of the Americas.  Led by Dr. Dennis Jenkins of the University of Oregon (UO), a team of researchers conducted archaeological excavations and extensive laboratory analyses to amass information challenging the “Clovis First” hypothesis.  Along with stemmed projectile points, grinding stones (for grinding plant materials), modified animal bone and woven plant fiber cordage, Jenkins’ team recovered  coprolites (feces) containing human DNA involving testing by multiple independent laboratories.   Over 200 coprolites were radiocarbon dated to pre-Clovis times.  The discovery by UO researchers of 14,300-year-old human feces demonstrates the presence of an ancient human population in America’s FarWest at the end of the last Ice Age. The site is located on land managed by the U.S. Department of Interior-- Bureau of Land Management. Now a sagebrush steppe vegetation community, the Paisley site once was grassy plains surrounding a lake, marsh and river.  Camel, bison, horse and waterfowl bones have been found in the area.  The people living there 14,300 years ago were gathering and consuming aromatic roots, for which they would have needed special knowledge that would have developed over time.

--> Download the Paisley Five Mile Caves (redacted) nomination [pdf]

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Water & Myrtle Honeyman House, Multnomah Co, Portland, Listed September 10, 2014
The Honeyman House was designed by Portland architect David C. Lewis in the Tudor Revival style and constructed on Northwest Cornell Road, west of downtown Portland, in 1911. Walter Honeyman was a member of the second generation of the Honeyman family, which was associated with Honeyman Hardware Company for three generations. He worked for the company beginning after graduation from high school, and served as its secretary from 1917 until about 1939. The architect, David C. Lewis, who studied architecture in New York and Paris, is best known for his Foreign Exhibits building for Portland’s 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition and the Oregon State building for Seattle’s 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. He was admired in architectural circles for his 1907 Board of Trade Building in Portland, which was widely published.  His residences were also admired however. The Honeyman residence was published in Pacific Coast Architect in 1913.

--> Download the Honeyman House nomination [pdf]
--> View record in the Oregon Historic Sites Database [link]


Hanthorn Apartments, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed August 25, 2014
The Hanthorn Apartments was constructed in 1910 in downtown Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. The six-story apartment building represents one of a collection of ‘modern’ apartment and office buildings that redefined downtown Portland in the construction boom following Portland’s 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition. It is an attractive, brick-clad building, purpose-built for apartments, which was a new building type for Portland at that time.  Apartment buildings constructed through the 1920s were designed with many amenities to increase the attractiveness of urban, apartment living to the middle class. The Hanthorn Apartments, also known as the Lexington Apartments, was closed for building code violations in the 1980s. It was then sold and modernized as affordable housing. The property was recently upgraded again, and once again serves as affordable housing.
--> Download the Hanthorn Apartments nomination [pdf]
--> View record in the Oregon Historic Sites Database [link]


Heathman Hotel, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed August 25, 2014
The Heathman Hotel was constructed in 1926 in downtown Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon for hotelier George Heathman. The eleven-story hotel, located at the north end of the South Park Blocks, was constructed as a luxury hotel. It was joined by the New Heathman Hotel, located at 1001 SW Broadway in 1927, and remains a luxury hotel to date.
Designed by the prominent Portland architecture firm of Claussen and Claussen, the handsome building is clad in tapestry brick and finished in terra cotta trim. The two Heathman Hotels were among 184 new buildings, 38 of which were hotels, constructed in downtown Portland between 1915 and 1931.  Four of these were “first class” hotels. Today less than half of the 184 buildings remain. The Heathman Hotel continued to be used for that purpose through the 1980s, when it was closed for building code violations. It was then sold and modernized as affordable housing. The property was recently upgraded again, and once again serves as affordable housing.
--> Dowload the Heathman Hotel nomination [pdf]
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Woodlark Building, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed August 8, 2014

The Woodlark Building was constructed in 1911-12 in downtown Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. The nine-story building is sited within the Portland Park Blocks. It is a unique building. Although it has the appearance of an office building, it was originally constructed as a retail and wholesale pharmacy operation for the Woodard, Clarke & Company and Clarke-Woodward Drug Company. The firms were among the most successful pharmaceutical companies in the Pacific Northwest from the late 19th through the early 20th century.  The building was designed by the prominent Portland architecture firm of Doyle, Patterson and Beach in the Commercial style, with an elaborate cornice, prominent entry, and terra cotta detailing. The building’s original wood windows remain above the storefront retail and mezzanine levels, which have been remodeled over time.  The structure was part of the major building boom that followed the Lewis & Clark Exposition, held in Portland in 1905, which led to the expansion of the city to the west. The retail and wholesale drug companies were sold in 1924 and the upper floors of the building converted to office space. It has continued in retail and office uses since that time.

--> Dowload the Woodlark Building nomination [pdf]

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99W Drive-In Theatre, Yamhill County, Newberg, Listed July 11, 2014

The 99W Drive-In Theatre was constructed in 1953 and opened July 31, 1953, showing “Sea Devils” with Rock Hudson and Yvonne DiCarlo and “Under the Sahara.”  It was constructed by Ted Francis and is now operated by a third-generation member of the Francis family, Brian Francis. The first drive-in theater was developed in New Jersey in 1933.  After World War II the outdoor drive-in became increasingly popular, particularly for family entertainment, growing in numbers in Oregon from three in 1948 to 69 in 1959.  In the 1970s the popularity of the drive-in declined with the rise of the multi-plex.  To compete, the Francis family built the Twin Cinemas on the grounds, which is still in operation today.  Today, the 99W Drive-In is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.  Its on-going operation is assured by the fact that it just won a new digital projector in thecontest “Project Drive-In,” one of ten in the country.

-->Download the 99W Drive-In Theatre nomination [pdf]

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Linkville Pioneer Cemetery, Klamath County, Klamath Falls, Listed July 11, 2014

The Linkville Pioneer Cemetery was established at this location in 1885, after having been moved from downtown in order to establish what was later called the Ankeny Canal.  The cemetery as it currently appears is a result of a 1931 renovation, when the citizens of Klamath Falls sought to improve the cemetery’s appearance.  The formal stone entries, wire fencing, and most of the trees seen at the cemetery today are part of this 1931 design.  The history embodied in the markers in the cemetery include the range wars of the late 1800s and early 1900s in the Klamath Falls area; the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II at the Tule Lake Segregation Center, commemorated by several graves; and three graves of the victims of a Japanese balloon bomb, also associated with World War II.  Today the cemetery still maintains its panoramic views of the city, despite the residential development that surrounds it.

-->Download the Linkville Pioneer Cemetery nomination [pdf]

-->View record in the Oregon Historic Sites Database [link]

Fish Lake Guard Station, Linn County, McKenzie Bridge, Listed June 27, 2014

Built by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) for the Santiam National Forest (later Willamette National Forest) between 1906 and 1934, the centrally-located Fish Lake Guard Station provided fire crews and Forest staff with an administrative base and pack animal remount station from which to provide conservation management for the forest and fire protection. Later, the Fish Lake Guard Station served as an essential catalyst in managing designated wilderness areas near the Willamette National Forest after the passage of the Wilderness Act. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act mandated that the National Park Service, USFS, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review all lands under their jurisdiction and designate appropriate tracts as National Wilderness areas to be protected in their natural condition. The station’s rustic-style buildings are representative examples of USFS administrative architecture built by Forest employees and the CCC using USFS and CCC plans and rustic design, made with local, natural materials to blend with the surrounding landscape.

-->Download the Fish Lake Guard Station nomination [pdf]

-->View record in the Oregon Historic Sites Database [link]

Oregon City Municipal Elevator, Clackamas County, Oregon City, Listed May 15, 2014
The Oregon City Municipal Elevator is a 130-foot-tall, public elevator tower rising from an underground tunnel in historic downtown Oregon City to connect with the city’s second level atop a bluff to the east. The elevator is a Modern, reinforced concrete structure designed by Gordon E. Trapp and constructed by the Portland engineering firm of James & Yost in 1955. This unique structure was designed to be futuristic in style and incorporates minimal ornament.  Possibly its most spectacular feature is the views from the viewing platform.  A unique series of prints installed on the platform walls provides changing, historical views of the downtown and the Willamette River that complements the 300-degree view.  The elevator is integrated with the McLoughlin Promenade and the Grand Staircase extending from the bluff to the downtown, which are also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

-->Download the Oregon City Municipal Elevator nomination [pdf]
--> View record in the Oregon Historic Sites Database [link]

Oregon City Carnegie Library, Clackamas County, Oregon City, Listed May 15, 2014

The Oregon City Carnegie Library was constructed in 1913 with funding from steel magnet Andrew Carnegie.  It is one of over 1,500 libraries built throughout the country by the philanthropist.  Designed in the American Renaissance style, this handsome, brick-clad structure has served Oregon City nearly continuously from its construction to the present.  A restoration in 2010 removed an addition to the building, bringing it back to its original appearance.

-->Download the Oregon City Carnegie Library nomination [pdf]

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McLoughlin Promenade, Clackamas County, Oregon City, Listed May 15, 2014

The McLoughlin Promenade, a historic park site along the edge of Oregon City’s prominent bluff, was constructed on land donated for that purpose by Dr. John McLoughlin in 1851.  It consists of three major parts:  a 2,300-foot-long basalt stone and concrete pathway that runs along the bluff; the Grand Staircase, which traverses the bluff; and Singer Falls, a man-made waterfall with five separate tiers that takes Singer Creek from the top of the bluff, down the cliff face, to the historic downtown.  The Promenade was constructed with the help of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression and was completed in 1939.  Pedestrians can also travel from the top of the bluff to the downtown in this area via the Oregon City Municipal Elevator, which is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The Promenade was recently restored and a new art installation added at the base of the Falls in 2011.  These facilities, along with the spectacular views from the Promenade, ensure the continued popularity of this site with visitors and residents alike.

-->Download the McLoughlin Promenade nomination [pdf]

-->View record in the Oregon Historic Sites Database [link]