In this Issue1. Leaburg Hydroelectric, First National Bank, newest National Register listings
LEABURG HYDROELECTRIC, FIRST NATIONAL BANK, NEWEST NATIONAL REGISTER LISTINGS
The Leaburg Hydroelectric Project Historic District in Lane County and the First National Bank of Bandon, located downtown Bandon, are among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.
Placed in service in January 1930, the Leaburg Hydroelectric Project began continues to generate electric power as part of the Eugene Water and Electric Board system, a municipally owned utility located in Lane County. It is located along approximately five miles of the McKenzie River in the vicinity of Leaburg, and consists of the dam and powerhouse; the reservoir, canal and tailrace; and Leaburg Village, built to house dam workers. The Leaburg Hydroelectric Project Historic District is only the second property in the Leaburg area to be listed in the National Register, the first being the Old McKenzie Fish Hatchery Historic District.
Constructed between 1928 and 1930, and completed as originally envisioned in June 1950, the Leaburg Hydroelectric Project is significant for its art and architecture. Designed by the Portland engineering firm of Stevens and Koon, the facility is also significant for its engineering design, incorporating innovative technological features such as the Broome Self-Closing Sluice Gate and three 100'-long roller gates. Ellis Lawrence, the founder of University of Oregon’s School of Architecture designed the powerhouse, which is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture used in an industrial setting in Oregon. Nationally prominent sculptor Harry Camden Poole created the bas-relief panels on the building.
Bror Benjamin Ostlind, a well-known and prominent architect from Marshfield (Coos Bay), designed the temple-front bank First National Bank of Bandon, located in downtown Bandon. Ostlind was born in Karlstad, Sweden in 1885, and moved to Marshfield in 1906. He was an active community member, starting the Long Fellows Club, an organization for extra tall men (he was 6’4”). In this role, he was instrumental in putting pressure on large hotels and Pullman cars to install accommodations for extra-tall persons. He was also a successful businessman, owning several enterprises in the community.
In the bank building’s design, Ostlind combined the use of concrete with “cold twisted rod” reinforcement, a relatively new and structurally robust material. The Neoclassical style of the building resulted in an attractive and functional commercial bank building that conveyed the stability of the institution to the community, while providing a secure and fire-resistant location for the bank. The design was successful, and the building survived the Great Fire of 1936 that razed downtown Bandon. Since 1955, the upper floor of the building has been the home of Bandon Lodge No. 130 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. The ground floor currently houses two retail shops.
Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the nomination of both properties during their February 2015 meeting. Oregon now features more than 2,000 properties listed in the National Register. The National Park Service maintains the National Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. For further information about Oregon’s latest listings, visit Oregon Heritage online.
FDLP DIGITIZATION PROJECTS REGISTRY IS NOW AVAILABLE
The Government Publishing Office’s Digital Projects Registry is now publically available online. Designed to capture an inventory of digitization projects undertaken by libraries, U.S. Government agencies, and non-profit institutions, the goal of the Registry is to increase access to historical U.S. Government publications that were previously only available in print format. If your digital collections contain any federal government publications, you should consider describing them in the Registry. It is very helpful for others who are planning digitization projects to learn about completed undertakings. Is your organization in the midst of a digitization project? Apply to contribute to the Digitization Projects Registry, and increase awareness of your institution’s digitization projects. It also serves as a helpful resource in determining what collections to digitize for those planning digitization projects.
OREGON MORTUARY AND CEMETERY BOARD SETS STAKEHOLDER PLANNING DAY
The Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board (OMCB) will hold a community stakeholder planning day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., July 30 in at the Red Lion Hotel, 304 SE Nye Ave., Pendleton. The meeting will focus on providing an update on progress toward previously identified strategic objectives; beginning the process of administrative rule-making as a result of 2015 Legislation by starting community discussions; and discussing recommended changes to board strategic direction and input on legislative focus for 2016 and 2017.
RSVP no later than 3 p.m., July 24 by calling Carla at (971) 673-1507. OMCB will send out a to survey to interested parties, which will include details about the planning day’s discussions and request input for those unable to attend the meeting.
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