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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.

Dr. Homer H. Harris House, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed March 7, 2017
The Dr. Harris House was designed in the Northwest Regional style by designer/builder Wilbur Mark Perrault and constructed in 1957 in the Council Crest neighborhood of Portland’s southwest hills.  The house was designed for Dr. Homer H. Harris, a leading forensic pathologist in the State of Oregon and director of the Oregon State Crime Laboratory from 1951 to 1955.  Harris was an innovator in the emerging field of forensic pathology.  Before taking on the position of Director of the crime lab, Harris apprenticed with the chief medical examiner of New York City, learning the latest technics in forensic medicine and crime investigation.  His last position before retirement was as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Multnomah County.  Designer/builder Mark Perrault moved to Portland from his native Montana to work building defense housing during World War II.  He became a very successful builder in the competitive post-World War II environment.  He is best known for developing a series of product lines that could be customized in varying degrees, directed at middle class clients, particularly those looking for a vacation or second home.  Later in his career he focused on developing popular prototype residences that could be mass-marketed.  The one-story Harris house sits high within its narrow, steep lot over a raised basement.  It is integrated with its outdoor living areas through nearly floor-to-ceiling windows encircling the rear of the house and overlooking asymmetrical, stepped decks and a 1956 landscape designed by landscape architect Fairbanks D. Chandler.  An outstanding feature of the house, which is one of Perrault’s early custom homes, is the arrangement of the rooms on both floors around a large, oversized brick island that organizes the spaces around it, in addition to serving the three fireplaces of the house. 

--> Download the Dr. Homer H. Harris Harris House nomination [pdf]
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US Post Office, Columbia County, Scappoose, Listed January 31, 2017

The Scappoose Post Office opened in February 1966. In contrast to the monumental downtown post office buildings constructed before World War II, the “Thousands Series” post offices, like the Scappoose building, were relatively small, modern in appearance, and featured a 24-hour lobby including postal boxes, will call counter, and a retail space. Typically, these buildings were located outside downtown to accommodate plenty of customer parking and allow mail trucks to maneuver. The Scappoose Post Office embodies all of these design principals and is an excellent, intact example of the type. Thousand Series post offices were designed to be part of an efficient mail-processing network that relied on automation and truck transportation to efficiently process mail locally and then deliver it to destinations across the nation.

--> Download the US Post Office nomination [pdf]

--> Download the US Post Office Facilities in Oregon, 1940-1971 Multiple Property Document [pdf]
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Alco Apartments, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed January 17, 2017

Built in 1912 at the north end of Portland’s central east side, the Alco Apartments opened at a time when east Portland was rapidly urbanizing, with competing commercial and residential uses vying for available space. Of key importance to these developments was proximity to streetcar lines connecting residential neighborhoods and suburban communities with the east side business district and downtown Portland. As a response to these competing needs, a new type of mixed-use building emerged in Portland in the closing decades of the nineteenth century and during the early twentieth century, combining storefronts at street level with apartments above, meeting the needs of both sectors. As development of new buildings in the central east side progressed during 1912, the Alco Apartments was featured in an ongoing series in The Sunday Oregonian, following their construction and highlighting their modern amenities and fine design. Strategically located on the streetcar line that traveled along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (then Union Avenue), the Alco was completed just before the rapid expansion of the automobile in the city, which would ultimately replace the streetcar as the dominant transportation mode until the late 20th century reintroduction and expansion of mass rail transit

--> Download the Alco Apartments nomination [pdf]

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Camp White Station Hospital Administration Building, Jackson County, White City
Listed December 20, 2016

The Camp White Station Hospital Administration Building (Building 200) was constructed in 1942 to house hospital administration uses associated with the development of US Army Camp George A. White in White City, Jackson County, in southern Oregon.  White City is an unincorporated community developed on the site of this former US Army training cantonment in the years following the Camp’s decommissioning at the end of World War II.  The building was converted to the administration building for the Camp White Domiciliary in 1949.  Today it still serves an administrative function associated with the 145-acre Department of Veterans Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC) campus.  The two-story, brick-clad, Colonial Revival  building was designed by noted California architect Myron Hunt based on Army Corps of Engineers plans dated November 1941.

--> Download the Camp White Station Hospital Administration Building nomination [pdf]

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Vale I.O.O.F. Hall, Malheur County, Vale, Listed December 6, 2016
The Vale IOOF Hall was constructed in 1908 and served as a center for community activities in the town of Vale for several decades.  The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #100 was founded in 1885 in Glennville, Oregon, and moved (including its meeting hall) to Vale in 1887 when that city became the seat of the newly-formed Malheur County. Like many IOOF organizations across the state, the Vale Lodge served the cultural and social needs of the small town of Vale, playing a significant roll in the civic and social development of the town.  In addition to fulfilling the IOOF’s mission to “Visit the Sick, Relieve the Distressed, Bury the Dead, and Educate the Orphan,” it also served as a dance hall and meeting space for most fraternal organizations in the community, as well as the location of several Vale businesses in its two storefronts on the ground floor.  Designed by regionally prolific architect Herbert W. Bond, the two-story, brick and stone building stands prominently at the primary intersection in town, directly across the street from the Drexel Hotel, also designed by Bond, built almost simultaneously with the IOOF Hall, and also listed in the National Register.

--> Download the Vale I.O.O.F. Hall nomination [pdf]

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

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Eagle Point National Cemetery, Jackson County, Eagle Point,
Listed September 13, 2016
Eagle Point National Cemetery was originally created in 1952 to serve the burial needs of veterans domiciled at Camp White, a World War II-era military training center near Medford, Oregon. It is located one mile east of Eagle Point and 14 miles northeast of Medford, in Jackson County. Located along Riley Road at the southern end of the Rogue River Valley, the 43-acre cemetery provides scenic views of the city of Eagle Point and the surrounding valley. The first burial at Eagle Point National Cemetery occurred in March 1952; by the time of the cemetery dedication on Memorial Day, there were six interments. The 7.5 developed acres of the cemetery remained relatively unchanged until the late 1980s. In 1973, the cemetery entered the national cemetery system following the consolidation of veterans’ cemeteries under the authority of the Veterans Administration (VA). After becoming a national cemetery, the property underwent gradual improvements to accommodate the growing veteran population and to provide new burial space for the national cemetery system. As a result, Eagle Point National Cemetery reflects the evolution of the VA’s cemetery program from one of caring for veterans through domiciliary programs to overseeing the national cemetery system.
Eagle Point National Cemetery is one of two national cemeteries in Oregon. The second is Willamette National Cemetery, which was the first national cemetery in the northwest United States and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in July, 2016. As of February 2016, Eagle Point National Cemetery contains 19,893 interments. With burials beginning in 1951, Willamette National Cemetery contained 151,043 interments as of June 2012.

--> Download the Eagle Point National Cemetery nomination [pdf]

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

 

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Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed September 6, 2016

The 1909 church in the Albina neighborhood, on Portland’s east side, was purchased by the congregation in 1951 and remodeled to its current appearance in 1958. The congregation was established in 1944 in a housing development for war-time workers employed in the nearby shipyards. After the war, the church moved to the Albina neighborhood of Portland, where African Americans were forced to live in this era due to discriminatory housing practices. The congregation grew rapidly under the leadership of Reverend O.B. Williams and by the early 1950s needed more space. They engaged architect Hubert Athling Williams, who renovated the Gothic Revival church, giving it the modern appearance it has today. In their nearly 50-year tenure at the helm of the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, Reverend Williams and his wife Willia offered not only spiritual leadership to the congregation, but also provided education, social services and a real community center. Additionally, the church encouraged civic and social engagement, which was enhanced by Williams’ extensive social and political connections. The church became central to the civil rights movement, as it played out locally, regionally, and nationally, with lectures and rallies by civil rights leaders and activists such as the national president of the NAACP, Roy Wilkins, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1968 the church hosted the Portland’s memorial service for the slain Martin Luther King, Jr., which was attended by Senator Mark Hatfield, Governor Tom McCall, Portland mayor Terry Schrunk, a host of municipal dignitaries, and a crowd of over 1,500 persons. The church’s congregation, which was locally based historically, has been impacted by urban renewal, institutional expansion, and now gentrification. Nonetheless, the institution continues in a leadership position in the African American community. Today the building is one of the few remaining historic structures in Albina that is directly associated with the Civil Rights movement.

-->Download the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church nomination [pdf]

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Willamette National Cemetery, Multnomah & Clackamas County, Portland,
 Listed July 5, 2016

The 1950 Willamette National Cemetery is located approximately 10 miles southeast of Portland in Clackamas and Multnomah Counties, Oregon. Situated along Mt. Scott Boulevard, the 307-acre cemetery provides scenic views of four mountains, the City of Portland, and the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. The Willamette National Cemetery was the first national cemetery in the northwest United States, followed by the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Honolulu, HI) and Puerto Rico National Cemetery (Bayamon, PR). Though authorized by Congress in 1941, the cemetery’s development was delayed by the onset of World War II. After the war, the establishment of new national cemeteries was necessary to accommodate the growing veteran population.  With burials beginning in 1951, Willamette National Cemetery contained 151,043 interments as of June 2012.
The Willamette National Cemetery utilizes only flat granite markers, rather than upright marble markers. This modern aesthetic, influenced by the lawn and memorial park movements, takes advantage of the site’s natural scenic qualities, allowing native trees and uninterrupted views to define the cemetery. The National Park Service has stated that all National Cemeteries are to be considered eligible for listing in the National Register “as a result of their Congressional designation as nationally significant places of burial and commemoration.” Willamette National Cemetery is one of two in Oregon. The second cemetery, Eagle Point National Cemetery, is significant in part for its historic association with Camp White, a World War II-era military training center in Jackson County. The Eagle Point National Cemetery was recommended for listing in the National Register by the Oregon State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation in their February 2016 meeting.
 
--> Download the Willamette National Cemetery nomination [pdf] 
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Zane Grey Cabin, Josephine County, Galice, Listed June 28, 2016
The site known as the Zane Grey cabin is eligible for listing for its association with author Zane Grey (1872-1939).  This 32-acre site which includes the Zane Grey cabin, a circa 1925 wooden river boat used by Zane Grey to access the remote property, and an existing 1500’ long dry-stacked stone fence that Zane Grey incorporated into his landscape after he acquired the property. While this cabin did not serve as Zane Grey’s primary residence, it was built by, and used by Grey as a retreat from 1926 to 1935. During this time Grey authored more than 20 books and numerous magazine articles, some of which were either written at the cabin, used the lower Rogue River for a setting, or were inspired by his time at the cabin and along the lower Rogue River.

 

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Antelope School, Wasco County, Antelope, Listed June 7, 2016
The Antelope School is a significant representative of rural education in central Oregon during the first half of the twentieth century. A testament to the continued commitment to education of the residents of the town and vicinity, since its completion in 1925 it has been by far the most substantial building in Antelope, occupying the most prominent parcel in town, filling a wide variety of community roles. The school is the third built in Antelope, and was the central focus of education in the surrounding area for 60 years. The Antelope School stands out among other rural schools of its period because of its size and breadth of education offered (including primary through secondary until 1936), designed to meet the state requirements for Standard Schools at all grade levels through that time. Although after 1936 the Antelope School no longer provided instruction for all grade levels, it continued to provide instruction at the elementary and intermediate levels until 1983, when it was closed as a public school, an event that is associated with the Rajneesh movement’s establishment of political dominance of the town. From its construction in 1925 to the present, the school has been a focus of community activity, hosting school activities, community events, and locally produced plays. The school has also functioned as the local polling place and the seat of local government, concurrent with and subsequent to its role as a place of formal education. The Antelope School is also locally significant for its architecture as a unique example of a formal, concrete Classical Revival-style school building in this extremely rural setting where one and two-room, wooden schoolhouses are far more typical.
 
--> Download the Antelope School nomination [pdf]
 
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Charles Hunter Hamlin House, Multnomah County, Gresham, Listed June 7, 2016

The Hamlin-Johnson House, located at the corner of SE Lusted Road and SE 282nd Avenue outside of Gresham, was constructed circa 1888. The house is associated with early steamboat engineer Charles Hamlin and later with the Reverend Jonas Johnson and his family, who owned the house for six decades. Johnson was a pastor at the Swedish Powell Valley Church. Today the house represents an increasingly rare, rural residential property from this era of development in Gresham.

 

 

-->Download the Charles Hunter Hamlin House nomination [pdf]

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