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National Park Service Lists Roy E. and Hildur L. Amundsen House in Gresham, Multnomah County, in the National Register of Historic Places

Aug. 29, 2019

GRESHAM, Ore. – The Roy E. and Hildur Amundsen House in Portland is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) recommended the house’s nomination at their February 2019 meeting. The National Park Service – which maintains the National Register of Historic Places – accepted the nomination on July 15, 2019.
The Amundsen House was designed by Harold Amundsen for his parents, Roy E. and Hildur Amundsen, when he was a student at the University of Oregon. Built in 1961, the Amundsen House is locally significant for its architecture as an excellent, intact example of a Wrightian-styled, architect-designed residence in Gresham’s Northwest Neighborhood. The house displays many distinctive characteristics of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian designs in its small size, slab-on-grade foundation with radiant floor heat, horizontal emphasis, natural ornamentation, use of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, central hearth, and minimal ornamentation.
The Amundsen House has had only three owners since its design and construction. The house has retained its original materials and it has not been adversely altered from its original design. Necessary repairs have been sensitive to the house’s design, and the largest alteration to the building was the addition of a slight pitch to the roofline, which is not visible from the right of way. The Roy E. and Hildur L. Amundsen House is an excellent example of the type and is remarkably intact and unaltered.
The Roy E. and Hildur L. Amnundsen House is now one of 10 individually listed properties in the City of Gresham that are listed in the National Register. 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 oregonheritage.org (click on “National Register” at left of page).

Properties listed in the National Register are

  • Recognized as significant to the nation, state, or community
  • Considered in the planning of federal or federally assisted projects
  • Eligible for federal and state tax benefits
  • Qualify for historic preservation grants when funds are available
  • Eligible for leniency in meeting certain building code requirements
  • Subject to local laws pertaining to the conservation and protection of historic resources.

National Register listing does not place any restrictions on a property at the state or federal level, unless property owners choose to participate in tax benefit or grant programs.