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John & Virginius Bennes House listed in National Register of Historic Places

April 17, 2013​

The John & Virginius Bennes House in Portland, Oregon was built in 1911 as the home of Oregon architect John Virginius Bennes, who has been credited with introducing the Prairie School style of architecture to Oregon.  Bennes is also highly regarded for the design of nearly 50 buildings and complexes within the Oregon State University National Register District.  The first house constructed in the Arlington Heights neighborhood, the home is located within the larger Washington Park area.  It is a remarkable example of the Prairie School style of architecture with Mediterranean influences, reflecting changes made by Bennes himself over the 30 plus years he resided in the house.  The house embodies the Prairie Style through its strong horizontal lines, stucco finish, low-pitched hip roof, and open floor plan, and displays Bennes' own touches with its ornate frieze under the eaves, distinctive entry, and decorative sun room.  Bennes, who lived in the house until his death in 1943, designed over 50 buildings throughout the state of Oregon that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2013-04/1303/63443/ORMultnomahCountyBennesJohnandAnniceHouse.jpg

Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2013-04/1303/63443/Press_Release_BennesJohnHouse.doc (John Virginius Bennes House)

Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2013-04/1303/63443/OR_MultnomahCounty_BennesJohnVirginiusAndAnniceHouse_Final.pdf (National Register nomination)

Contact: Tracy Zeller, 503-986-0690