[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2013-04-18

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Apr 18 09:09:11 PDT 2013

In this Issue:
1. Portland and Corvallis properties latest listings on National
2. Cultural Advocacy Day set for April 25 in Salem
3. Historic Columbia River Highway Committee receives Tourism Award
4. Association for gravestone studies conference registration open 
5. WESTPAS Creating and Funding Preservation Projects workshop
6. Pittock Mansion seeks marketing intern
Two properties in Portland and a covered bridge in Corvallis are the
latest listings on the National Register of Historic Places. 
Built in 1911, the John and Virginius Bennes House in Portland served
as the home of Oregon architect John Virginius Bennes. Credited with
introducing the Prairie School style of architecture to Oregon, Bennes
designed nearly 50 buildings and complexes within the Oregon State
University National Register District.  The first house constructed in
the Arlington Heights neighborhood, the Bennes House is located within
the larger Washington Park area.  It is a remarkable example of the
Prairie School style of architecture with Mediterranean influences,
which embodies strong horizontal lines, stucco finish, low-pitched hip
roof, and open floor plan. The home reflects changes made by Bennes over
the 30 plus years he resided in the house, including an ornate frieze
under the eaves, distinctive entry, and decorative sunroom.  
Designed by the renowned architectural firm of Whitehouse and Fouilhoux
in 1913, the Waverley Country-Club Clubhouse, of Portland, is an
excellent and largely intact example of a country-club clubhouse,
embodying the distinctive characteristics of this building type. 
Considered an outstanding example of Whitehouse and Fouilhoux’s work, it
exhibits a high degree of integrity. Located in unincorporated Clackamas
County, it is the earliest extant example of a country-club clubhouse
within the Portland metropolitan area and Clackamas County and joins the
Elizabeth Clark House of Oregon City as the only other Whitehouse
building in the county.  The Whitehouse firm, which was also responsible
for the 1930 addition to the building, designed many of the most
important buildings in Portland and the state in the first half of the
twentieth century.  The clubhouse joins forty-six of Morris Whitehouse’s
buildings noted in the State’s historic sites inventory and fifteen
within the Portland metropolitan area are listed in the National
Register of Historic Places, including the Temple Beth Israel, Sixth
Church of Christ Scientist, Federal Courthouse, Lincoln and Jefferson
high schools, Multnomah Athletic Club and Multnomah Stadium, University
Based on standard bridge plans developed by the Oregon State Highway
Department in the 1920s, Benton County constructed the Irish Bend
Covered Bridge in 1954.  Originally built over the Willamette Slough on
Irish Bend Road in rural Benton County, approximately seven miles
northeast of Monroe, construction of a newer span and culverts in 1975
resulted in a bypass of the bridge. Benton County dismantled it in 1988.
 Volunteers, including off-duty Benton County employees, OSU students
and staff, and Covered Bridge Society of Oregon members,  reassembled
the bridge in 1989 as part of a community-wide preservation effort. The
bridge is a 60-foot-long Howe truss with board-and-batten, painted wood
siding, wood decking, and a cedar-shingle gable roof.  Located today in
a pastoral setting surrounded by farm fields very similar to its
original setting, the bridge serves as the Campus Way bike path over Oak
Creek, near the agricultural test barns of Oregon State University. 
Visit www.oregonheritage.org to learn more about the National Register
and recent Oregon listings (click on “National Register” at left of
Join heritage, arts and humanities supporters from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.,
April 25 at the State Capitol, Hearing Room 50 in Salem for Legislative
Advocacy Day. For further information about the event, organized by
Cultural Advocacy Coalition, visit http://oregonculture.org. 
The Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee received the
Oregon Heritage Tourism Award for outstanding use of Oregon's cultural
or natural history to draw visitors to the state during the Oregon
Governor’s Conference on Tourism, April 14. The Committee worked for
more than 25 years to restore and complete access to the Historic
Columbia River Highway and the related Trail for public use and
enjoyment. Nearly complete, the Trail provides expanded views of
America's only congressionally designated National Scenic Area.
Registration is open for the Annual Conference of the Association for
Gravestone Studies (AGS), June 18 – 23 at Willamette University in
Salem.  Conference week includes tours, classroom sessions, lectures,
and workshops.  Since this is the first AGS conference in the West since
1999, a number of sessions and lectures focus on the west, including a
keynote address about Chinese immigrants in Oregon, a film and
discussion of the community history in Portland’s Jewish cemeteries, and
a session about the influence of Euro-American culture on tribes in
Northeastern Oregon. Classroom sessions include information about
protecting cemeteries from vandalism and engaging public participation
in caring for cemeteries. For further information, visit the AGS website
( http://www.gravestonestudies.org/conferences.htm ). The registration
deadline is May 15.
WESTPAS Creating and Funding Preservation Projects workshop postponed
WESTPAS has postponed its Creating and Funding Preservation Projects
workshop scheduled for May 3 until later in the summer. An announcement
will be forthcoming with new date and location details.

Pittock Mansion in Portland is seeking a Marketing Intern to help
develop and coordinate projects designed to increase participation in
museum activities and memberships. Specific responsibilities will
include collaborating with the marketing communications manager and
development manager to create, schedule and distribute a series of
standardized emails to recent visitors to increase memberships and
participation in upcoming Mansion activities. Successful candidates will
possess excellent writing and typing skills with some experience with
desktop publishing or graphic design. The 10 – 15 hour-per-week work
schedule is flexible between the hours of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The position
will begin work in June. For further details, contact Angie Alle at
(503) 823-3979.
The 2013 Heritage Conference program (
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx ) is now
available! Register now (
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx ) for the
conference in Portland May 9 and 10.
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