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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.  

Leaburg Hydroelectric Project Historic District, Lane County, Leaburg vicinity,

Listed June 29, 2015

The Leaburg Hydroelectric Project was put into service in January 1930 and continues to generate electric power as part of the Eugene Water & Electric Board system, a municipally owned utility located in Lane County, Oregon. It is located along approximately five miles of the McKenzie River in the vicinity of Leaburg, and consists of the dam and powerhouse; the reservoir, canal and tailrace; and Leaburg Village, built to house dam workers. The Leaburg Hydroelectric Project was constructed between 1928 and 1930 and completed as originally envisioned in June 1950. Designed by the Portland engineering firm of Stevens & Koon, the facility is significant for its engineering design, incorporating innovative technological features such as the Broome Self-Closing Sluice Gate and three 100'-long roller gates. It is also significant for its art and architecture. The powerhouse was designed by Ellis Lawrence, the founder of the University of Oregon school of architecture. The bas relief panels on the building were created by the nationally prominent sculptor Harry Camden Poole. The powerhouse is considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture used in an industrial setting in Oregon.

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First National Bank of Bandon, Coos County, Bandon, Listed June 24, 2015

The temple-front First National Bank of Bandon was designed by Bror Benjamin Ostlind, a well-known and prominent architect from Marshfield, Oregon, present-day Coos Bay. Ostlind was born in Karlstad, Sweden in 1885, and moved to Marshfield in 1906. He was an active community member and a successful businessman, owning several enterprises in the community. In the bank building’s design, Ostlind combined the use of a relatively new and structurally robust material, concrete with “cold twisted rod” reinforcement. The and the Neoclassical style of the building resulted in an attractive and functional commercial bank building that conveyed the stability of the institution to the community, while providing a secure and fire-resistant location for the bank. The design was successful, and the building survived the Great Fire of 1936 that razed downtown Bandon. The building is recognized as the embodiment of the distinctive characteristics of its type, period, and method of its construction.

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Madras Army Air Field North Hangar, Jefferson County, Madras, Listed June 8, 2015
In 1943, the U.S. Army transformed the wheat fields northeast of Madras into a fully-functioning air field to train B-17 bombardment squadrons as part of a nation-wide effort to build the nation’s air force during World War II. The Boeing B-17 was known as the “Flying Fortress” due to its immense size and ability to sustain heavy damage during combat - a reputation earned in the skies over Europe. The Madras location met the Army’s requirements for a secure site with year-round clear weather ideal for training new crews. The airfield was one of several training bases in the region. The Army quickly constructed the base’s 96 buildings, including officer quarters, squadron barracks and associated living areas, station base buildings, two 120-foot-by-80-foot hangars, and other special-purpose buildings. The surviving hangar is one of the few remaining base buildings and is a rare intact example of the standard OBH-2 type hangar. The type is notable for its all-wood construction and bowstring roof truss system. Ground crews used the hangar to service B-17 bombers, and while massive in size, the building is just large enough to accommodate a single plane. The hangar’s wood construction uses regionally-abundant and inexpensive materials to meet the Army’s demands for cost-effective and efficient construction. In 1944, the base’s operations shifted toward training for smaller fighter planes including the Bell P-39Q Airacobra, Bell P-63 Kingcobra and Lockheed P-38 Lightning. The base was closed at the end of the war in 1945. The newly-listed hangar will be a focal point for activities Aug. 28-29 at the Airshow of the Cascades. An air museum is located nearby.
 
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Hoodoo Ridge Lookout, Wallowa County, Troy vcty, Listed May 26, 2015
The Hoodoo Ridge Lookout was constructed in 1925 to support fire detection and suppression. Initially consisting of only a six-foot-wide crow’s nest platform with an open ladder in the top of a 110-foot-tall ponderosa pine, the site was supplemented in 1933 by a 101-foot-tall steel tower and a small cabin and outhouse built by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was a Depression-era work program. The agency was involved in many projects across the nation, including the construction of fire lookouts throughout the Pacific Northwest and Oregon. This growth allowed the Forest Service in Oregon and Umatilla National Forest to fulfill its goal of fixed-point fire-detection by doubling the coverage of fire lookouts in the forests to pinpoint fire locations more precisely. The Hoodoo Ridge Lookout is one of the very few intact examples of its type that remain.
 
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Olallie Meadows Guard Station, Marion County, Estacada vcty, Listed May 26, 2015

The small rustic single-pen Olallie Meadows Guard Station was hastily and inexpensively constructed in 1910 by Forest Service staff to house forest rangers that patrolled the Olallie Lakes Scenic Area and Mount Jefferson. Field rangers carried out a number of duties from their posts, including managing small timber sales, monitoring the range, fighting fires, and building roads and trails. The cabin’s simple design, peeled-log construction, and use of site-sourced materials is typical of buildings constructed during this period by Forest Service rangers, and reflect the limited budgets provided for constructing buildings. Once common throughout the National Forests, these simple cabins are now relatively rare and reflect a distinct period in the development of the agency and the management of our nation’s forest lands. The Guard Station remained in use until 1932, when it was replaced by the newly-constructed Olallie Lake Guard Station, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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Julius & Sarah McCoin Homestead & Orchard Site, Jefferson County,

Listed May 26, 2015

Julian McCoin claimed his 160-acre homestead in 1886 on a site with two natural springs. Through its half century of operation, the family established a substantial orchard. Its primary business, however,  was raising sheep and high-quality horses. Julius is known to have provided stallions for stud service in the area. One favorite was a tall, jet black stallion named “Brilliant,” who stood 18 hands. Over many years the McCoins amassed large tracks of ranch and farm land, eventually  totaling 3,800 acres, including several lots within the former Lamonta town site. To provide additional income, Julius worked as a professional freighter, hauling goods from Prineville to The Dalles in a Studebaker wagon, as well as plowing roads in the winter. More than 700 homestead claims were filed in Jefferson County before inconsistent precipitation, collapsing farm prices, the cumulative effects of environmental degradation, and indebtedness brought about the collapse of most of the homesteads. In response, the Resettlement Administration, a Depression-era federal relief agency, purchased uneconomic farms, retired them from intensive cultivation, and relocated families, mostly voluntarily, but also by force. By 1934, fewer than 50 of the 700 original homestead applicants remained in Jefferson County. The McCoin farmstead was purchased and razed by the Resettlement Administration in 1936. The site now represents an important chapter in Central Oregon’s history and a window into the lives of these early settlers.

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Enoch & Mary Cyrus Homestead & Orchard Site, Jefferson County, 

Listed May 26, 2015                              

Homesteading in 1883, over a half century of development the Cyrus family took raw sagebrush steppe and converted it through labor, investment, and innovation into a productive, diversified farm. The Cyrus family was tight-knit and industrious, and they became a leading family in the region, contributing broadly to the development of the local community. Enoch Cyrus, a leader of several community organizations, was one of the first farmers to grow winter wheat in eastern Oregon in the late-nineteenth century and to mechanize farming. A prized variety of winter wheat (‘Cyrus Wheat’) is named after the family. The majority of wheat grown in Oregon today is winter wheat. More than 700 homestead claims were filed in Jefferson County before inconsistent precipitation, collapsing farm prices, the cumulative effects of environmental degradation, and indebtedness brought about the collapse of most of the homesteads. In response, the Resettlement Administration, a Depression-era federal relief agency, purchased uneconomic farms, retired them from intensive cultivation, and relocated families, mostly voluntarily, but also by force. By 1934, fewer than 50 of the 700 original homestead applicants remained in Jefferson County. The Cyrus farmstead was purchased and razed by the Resettlement Administration in 1935. The site now represents an important chapter in Central Oregon’s history and a window into the lives of these early settlers.

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US Army Fort Umpqua (35-DO-990), Douglas County, Listed May 26, 2015
U.S. Army Fort Umpqua was established in 1856 as part of a three-fort system (including Fort Hoskins and Fort Yamhill) to implement treaties with Oregon tribes. At its height in 1859, Fort Umpqua was comprised of 13 buildings including four officers’ houses, a barracks, blockhouse, hospital, guard house, two laundress buildings, a bakery, barn, and sutler store. None of the buildings remain today.
When the Civil War began in 1861, most of its troops returned east but a contingent remained to provide an overall sense of military security to the region. Fort Umpqua was closed in late 1862. While serving at the fort in 1856, Brigadier General John J. Milhau set up one of the earliest weather recording stations on the Oregon coast, collected specimens of flora and fauna for the Smithsonian Institution, and wrote several reports about the language and culture of the Coos and Lower Umpqua Indians.  Colonel Edward P. Vollum also sent many boxes of plant and wildlife specimens to the Smithsonian and was one of the earliest amateur photographers on the West Coast. The archaeological site is important for its association with the U.S. Army and its mission on the Oregon Coast and the site’s potential to answer important questions regarding the life of soldiers stationed there. The 37-acre site is located on the Siuslaw National Forest in Douglas County.

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      Portions of this file have been redacted to meet Oregon State law (ORS 192.501(11)). 

      More information may be available upon request.  Contact the Oregon State Archaeologist

      at 503-986-0674 for more details.

 

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Albany Hebrew Cemetery, Linn County, Albany, Listed May 18, 2015

The 1878 Albany Hebrew Cemetery, now known as the Waverly Jewish Cemetery, is located northeast of downtown Albany, Oregon, and occupies approximately two acres within the larger Waverly Memorial Park Masonic cemetery. When founded, it was the only Jewish cemetery between Portland and San Francisco. The earliest grave within the cemetery is dated 1877, and belongs to the daughter of the Isaac and Bertha Senders, an early merchant family in Albany. By the 1880s, Albany had the largest Jewish population in Oregon outside Portland. The town hosted 15 Jewish families, a cemetery, a benevolent society, and a B’nai Brith lodge in 1888. By 1924, however, the congregation recognized that their numbers were declining and came to an agreement with the Masons to take over and care for the cemetery. The Waverly Jewish Cemetery remains an active burial ground today, the only Jewish cemetery between Portland and Eugene. 

 

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William J. & Sarah Wagner Lippincott House, Josephine County, Williams,              Listed May 18, 2015
The William J. and Sarah Wagner Lippincott House is a Modern-style, single family house designed by architect Winifred Scott Wellington, a faculty member at University of California, Berkeley. Located outside Williams, Oregon, it was completed in 1951. The Lippincotts, who were both archaeologists, re-located to Oregon from the Southwest, where they had run a trading post and championed the arts of the Navajo Indians. When they purchased the property in 1948, it consisted of an 800-acre ranch. They hired Wellington, who had designed an addition to Wide Ruins, their trading post, and who also had a strong interest in regional architecture.  He utilized Northwest woods and Arizona stone in the design of the house. The residence is considered one of the finest examples of post-World War II Contemporary or Modern style architectural design in southern Oregon and a rare example in Josephine County. The Lippincotts returned to the Southwest in the early 1950s and the property was purchased by Edwin N. and Bonnie Lippert, who continued ranching operations. The property was owned by Steve Miller of the Steve Miller band from 1976 to 1986, who built a recording studio there. Today the 400+ acre property is owned by Pacifica: A Garden in the Siskiyous, a non-profit foundation that operates the property as a nature center, botanic garden, school and community center.
 
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David & Marianne Ott House, Multnomah County, Gresham, Listed April 20, 2015
The David and Marianne Ott House, constructed in 1952, is one of famed Pacific Northwest architect John W. Storrs’ earliest residences in the Northwest Regional style. Storrs, who practiced in Oregon from 1949 through the late 1970s, moved to Portland after finishing graduate studies in architecture at Yale University. He soon set up his own practice, primarily designing residences. Storrs knew Marianne Ott’s parents, Walter H. and Florence Holmes Gerke, who were prominent landscape architects in the Portland area, both socially and professionally. The Gerkes introduced Storrs to the Otts, and they hired him to design their house. Storrs became known throughout western Oregon for his interpretation of the Northwest Regional style expressed in everything from residences to large scale resorts. He is perhaps best known today for his later work, which includes the Portland Garden Club; Salishan Lodge in Gleneden Beach, Oregon; and the Western Forestry Center in Portland’s Washington Park. The Ott House is one of Storrs early houses and one of the few from this era that retains its historic character. It is his only known house to have been designed in a semi-rural location. The Otts bought the property because of the land associated with it, which was in agriculture. It retains this semi-rural ambience today, and the land is still used for agriculture. Marianne Ott still lives in the house.

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DeGuire-Ludowitzki House, Marion Coutny, Silverton, Listed March 3, 2015
The DeGuire-Ludowitzki House, built about 1907, is a locally notable example of a modest Colonial Revival-style residence in the foursquare form. Foursquare homes are generally two stories tall with four relatively equally-sized rooms on each floor arranged around an entry and stair. Foursquare residences were a flexible house type and could exhibit a number of styles, including Colonial Revival, which drew inspiration from classical architecture. The DeGuire-Ludowitzki House exhibits the style though the symmetrical placement of windows and doors with decorative trim, round wood Doric columns supporting the wrap-around porch, corner boards, and wide fascia at the roofline. Charles Francis DeGuire, who was the son of one of Silverton’s established families, constructed the home. He later sold the residence to German immigrant and local builder John Ludowitzki and his wife Mary. The house remained in the Ludowitzki family after their death until 1938.
 
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 Louise Adams House, Marion County, Silverton, Listed March 3, 2015

The Louise Adams House, built in 1924, is recognized as a local example of a modest Craftsman-style home, typical of many residences constructed during the period, yet notable for its striking octagonal porch. An American style developed in California, Craftsman-style homes are characterized by low-pitch roofs with broad roof overhangs supported by decorative bracing with exposed rafter ends; multi-light windows; decorative porches; and open interior floor plans. Prominent lawyer, businessman, and politician Louis J. Adams had the building and another on an adjacent lot built as rental homes, which he gifted to his daughter after construction. Louise was educated in schools in Silverton, Spokane, Wash., and New York before returning to work in Silverton at the Coolidge & McClaine Bank as a bookkeeper. Louise left the community again after marrying newspaper lithographer Timothy Brownhill in 1933, but returned after her divorce in 1954 to live in the house until her death in 1988.
 

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C. Hunt Lewis & Gertrude McClintock House, Multnomah County, Portland,

Listed March 3, 2015

Built in 1911 and located on the west side of the Willamette River in the Dunthorpe neighborhood, the C. Lewis Hunt and Gertrude McClintock House is an outstanding example of the Tudor Revival style in the Jacobethan vein. The Jacobean style of architecture is a combination of Tudor and Elizabethan architecture whose roots date to 17th century English houses. Portland’s early Tudor-revival residences often had Craftsman style interior plans and finishes with Tudor style exteriors, while early Jacobethan style buildings were sometimes mixed with Classical details. C. Hunt Lewis (Cicero Hunt Lewis, Jr.) was born to a prominent Portland family who after schooling out of state worked for the family-owned Security Savings and Trust Co. and wholesale grocery business. Hunt also pursued his own investments, purchasing orchards in Medford, and later becoming involved in other family enterprises. Becoming a well-established businessman, Lewis commissioned his brother, accomplished architect David C. Lewis, to design a residence that exemplified the style, including an asymmetrical floor plan; steep roof lines and multiple chimneys; brick, stucco, and half-timbering exterior wall surfaces; and multiple-light windows.
 
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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.

 

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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.
 
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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.”
 
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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.

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