You might recognize the type:
|Phillips House of 1853 - Vacant since 2002 and in danger|
|Conser House of 1854, in Jefferson, now used as Library|
- via Library of Congress
|Masterson House of 1857, in Eugene|
Updated and somewhat remodeled
More in Lane County Historian, February 1959
When it was built, it was a little over a mile from "Eugene city," but now it's part of a very close-in neighborhood with the streetcar-era grid intact.
|via Michael Goff.|
You might recall a talk in 2011 at the State Library when ODOT historian Chris Bell talked about a restoration of a Conde McCullough bridge near Crater Lake. The column ornaments had been a bit of a mystery, but he was able to match drawings to an existing column on the Historic Columbia River Highway. The Stark Street Viaduct had been built a few years earlier, but it also used the same columns. So modern replacement parts could be made.
Bell called the pattern "the Pineconian Order," a variation perhaps on the Ionic. (More on the restoration here and here - McCullough's original design was altered apparently, so it's not a "pure" McCullough.)
This had seemed like a one-off whimsy, but it's definitely a thing!
On the pilasters and column ornaments for UO's Gilbert Hall (aka Commerce Hall and Anstett Hall), Ellis F. Lawrence also used a variation of a "Pineconian Order."
Do you know anything about this? There must be some architectural history writing on what looks like it could have been a regional style or fad. While the Order isn't really Art Deco-y at all, it also feels of a piece with the ways that WPA-era and other mid-century art sometimes looked to vernacular tropes or regional themes.
|Logging on the Belluschi Bank (late 1940s)|
With Elliott Forest in the news, the loss of Federal Timber Payments to Counties, and questions about how best to balance ecosystems with sustainable harvesting, it's a reminder of how important the forests remain today.
It's a bit of a slow news week, so here's some filler that might be a little interesting.