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Dr. Robert R. and Mary Helen Mooers House listed in the National Register of Historic Places

August 13, 2018

The Dr. Robert R. and Mary Helen Mooers House in Roseburg is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Constructed in 1959, the house is a single-story, side-gabled mid-century modern residence. It was designed by architects Raymond Kermit Thompson and Polly Povey Thompson, combining elements of the popular Ranch Style with design elements associated with the architect-driven Contemporary Style, and demonstrating the influence of the Northwest Regional style.

The house is locally significant under Criterion C, in the area of Architecture and its period of significance is 1959, the date of construction of the house.

The Mooers House is significant as an outstanding example of the blending of the form and spatial arrangement of the widely popular Ranch Style with several elements of the architect-driven Contemporary style, and incorporating several design elements generally associated with Northwest Regionalism, a design approach developed by prominent architects working in the unique climate and setting of the Pacific Northwest. The house is unique in Roseburg, a city long dominated by extractive industries and other blue collar pursuits.

While the Ranch house was the ubiquitous building block that populated most post-war neighborhoods, including several in Roseburg, the Contemporary style and Northwest Regionalist approaches were generally the realm of professional architects, and, due to the challenges associated with funding construction of non-traditional forms through the Federal Housing Administration, generally not suited to construction at the neighborhood scale.
Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district’s nomination during their February 16 meeting. The Dr. Robert R. and Mary Hellen Mooers House is now one of 20 listings in the National Register in Roseburg. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on “National Register” at left of page).