[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-03-30
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Fri Mar 30 08:54:41 PDT 2012
In this Issue
1. National Register Lists Four New Oregon Sites
2. Repurposing Historic Schools Focus of Portland Event
3. Glaze Application Conservation Grants Available
4. Tour, Talk, and Celebrate Preservation in Salem
5. Police Investigate Silverton Theft
NATIONAL REGISTER LISTS FOUR NEW OREGON SITES
The Clatskanie IOOF Hall, Depoe Bay Ocean Wayside, Oregon State
Soldiers’ Home Hospital in Roseburg and Talent Elementary School are
Oregon’s latest listings in the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1926, Clatskanie IOOF Hall became the town’s first large concrete
building, and it remains the most imposing structure in town today.
Designed by noted Portland architect Ernst Kroner, the building served
as the community's social and cultural center. It housed a movie theater
and post office on the first floor; and dental, law offices, meeting
spaces, and the lodge hall itself on the second. As a community
gathering place, The IOOF Hall provided space for a vaudeville show in
1927, featured the first local “talkie” in 1930 and accommodated the
organization of Oregon’s first People’s Utility District in 1940.
Central to life in Clatskanie, it served as a place for a war bond
benefit dance in 1945, Grange or Kiwanis meetings; and a place where
local citizens picked up the mail or consulted a lawyer.
Constructed during the postwar period, the Depoe Bay Ocean Wayside is
the only state wayside designed to serve the rapidly increasing ranks of
the motoring public, while specifically taking advantage of a unique
scenic vista - the world’s smallest navigable harbor at Depoe Bay. The
State Highway Department sought to provide an efficient road system and
encourage travel to Oregon’s scenic places. The Wayside blends these two
missions, providing an easily accessible rest stop and concession on a
popular tourist route, with access to Oregon’s natural beauty. The
building’s low profile, large picture windows, and minimal decoration is
typical of the 1950s, and offers visitors beautiful panoramic views,
while the intentional placement of the building below the highway
minimizes its impact on the Ocean view from the roadway.
Built in 1917, the Oregon State Soldiers’ Home Hospital in Roseburg is
historically significant for its unique association with the early
statewide development of a comprehensive health care system for aging
and disabled Oregon volunteer veterans. Designed in the Colonial Revival
style using the “pavilion plan” type of hospital construction, the
building was beautiful and functional. The hospital’s narrow shape with
wings allowed for rows of large windows that provided good ventilation
and light and separation between different wards to prevent the spread
of disease. With the support of the City of Roseburg, and groups like
the Grand Army of the Republic and the Women’s Relief Organization, the
Soldiers’ Hospital became the primary health care facility in Oregon for
volunteer veterans of the Civil War, Indian wars, Spanish-American War,
and World War I. The Soldiers’ Hospital served the needs of volunteer
veterans for over 15 years, from 1917 to 1933, when the Veteran
Administration completed a new hospital in Roseburg.
Located in the center of Talent, the Talent Elementary School has
served literally and figuratively as the center of civic life in that
community since its construction in 1895. Notable as a rare and almost
entirely intact example of a 19th century wood-frame public building, it
served as a school until acquired by the city in 1914. This one-story
building has housed virtually every aspect of Talent’s local government.
It functioned as the city hall, city offices, post office, and the
library. It has also hosted a wide variety of non-profit community
groups, public lectures, dances, public movies, and other events.
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 listings is
online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on “National Register” at left
REPURPOSING HISTORIC SCHOOLS FOCUS OF PORTLAND EVENT
Portland Public Schools will host an informational evening to look at
the importance and value of reusing and adapting our historic schools
from 7 – 9 p.m., April 5 at Abernethy School Auditorium, 2421 S.E.
Orange Ave., Portland.
Presentations include “Why Historic School Matter” (the Historic
Preservation League of Oregon), “The Environmental Value of Building
Reuse” (Green Building Services) and “Adapting Historic Schools for the
21st Century” (Lorne McConachie of Bassetti Architects).
For further information, call (503) 916-3304, email pubinfo at pps.net or
visit www.pps.k12.or.us/news/7358.htm .
GLAZE APPLICATION CONSERVATION GRANTS AVAILABLE
The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic
and Artistic Works (FAIC) is offering grants to support projects in
glazing applications for preservation of museum and library collections.
Funds are to help defray direct project costs, including supplies and
publicity. Projects must be supported by a conservator and demonstrate
conservation goals. The application deadline is May 1.
Applicants must be not-for-profit collecting institutions with active
exhibition programs and at least one full-time conservator on staff, or
a conservator who will be on contract for the project. Institutions
should complete projects within 12 months of the award date.
Guidelines and forms are available at www.conservation-us.org/grants or
by calling (202) 452-9545.
TOUR, TALK, AND CELEBRATE PRESERVATION IN SALEM
Join the Historic Preservation League of Oregon at its 35th birthday
celebration following the conclusion of the 2012 Oregon Heritage
Conference from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., April 28, at the Willamette Heritage
Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, in Salem.
Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Mission and Mill complex and engage
in a town hall conversation about where we’ve gone and where we’re going
as a statewide preservation movement. Attendees will each receive a
printed copy of “A Past for Our Future”; a limited print booklet
authored by former Oregon National Register coordinator Elisabeth Walton
Potter. Potter and HPLO staff will be on hand to discuss the booklet,
which provides a comprehensive overview of the historic preservation
movement in Oregon.
For further information contact Brandon Spencer-Hartle by phone at
(503) 243.1923 or email at Brandon at historicpreservationleague.org .
POLICE INVESTIGATE SILVERTON THEFT
Police in Silverton are investigating the recent disappearance of two
pocket watches missing from their display cases in the local history
museum, including one that belonged to famed cartoonist and Silverton
son Homer Davenport. Any sightings or information can be sent to
silverton.museum at live.com .
Visit www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Conference.shtml to learn more about
the joint Oregon Heritage Conference / Northwest Archivists Annual
Meeting April 26-28.
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