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Daniel C. and Katie A. McDonald House listed in National Register of Historic Places

April 9, 2019

The Daniel C. and Katie A. McDonald House in Portland is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.
Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building’s nomination at their October 2018 meeting. The National Park Service—which maintains the National Register—accepted the nomination March 6, 2019.
The Daniel C. and Katie A. McDonald House is a locally-notable example of a builder-designed Queen Anne-style house with unique architectural features. Daniel McDonald was a carpenter and homebuilder in Portland who constructed the home in two phases beginning in 1893. The extensive applied decoration of the Queen Anne style allowed for this eclectic approach to home improvement. The McDonald House exhibits characteristic elements from both the earlier and later periods of the Queen Anne style that reflect the two building phases, approximately ten years apart.
The McDonalds’ increased economic status after the turn-of-the-century provided the family the opportunity to expand and update their home after its original construction, including new embellishments and interior spaces that reflected their success.  While it was commonplace for homebuilders to use pattern books for residential construction in middle-class neighborhoods during this time, the McDonald House is not a stock design. Instead, it strongly reflects the adaptability of stock plans, and how the increasing availability of building components and decorative millwork through local building suppliers could be used to create unique homes.
The National Register of Historic Places was established as part 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).