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The Charles O. Sigglin Flats in Portland is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

March 28, 2019

The Charles O. Sigglin Flats 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 on March 7, 2019.


Designed by architect Emil Schacht and built for real estate investor Charles O. Sigglin in 1908, the Sigglin Flats is notable as one of the best examples of the fourplex building type in the Craftsman Style in the Buckman neighborhood area. Schacht is one of the most influential local architects whose designs introduced Portland to the emerging Craftsman style. The Sigglin Flats shows Schacht’s ability to add Shingle and Colonial Revival style elements to the Craftsman building, and his use of his own signature design elements that makes his buildings unique and identifiable. Smaller than traditional apartment buildings, the duplex and fourplex types were designed to blend in with their neighboring single-family residences. Population growth and streetcar development spurred the growth of residential neighborhoods in the area, prompting landlords and developers to invest in revenue-generating multi-family buildings like the Sigglin Flats. 


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).