NOMINATIONS TO THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES:
Central Fire Station: Columbia, South Carolina
This Moderne/International style property in downtown Columbia was once threatened by demolition. With each passing year, more Mid-Century Modern structures become eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, a process that cannot begin until a building is at least fifty years old. Listing a property on the National Register protects it from future federal projects as well as provides the owner of said property with valuable state and federal tax credits.
The Columbia Central Fire Station is significant both architecturally as an example of work from prominent South Carolina architect Heyward Singley and historically as the most technologically advanced fire station of its time. The building was successfully nominated to the National Register and is currently being converted to residential and retail space.
Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. July 2008. Author.
The Brick House Beautiful: Portland, Oregon
The unique English Cottage house, known locally as the Brick House Beautiful, was built between 1922-1923 as a model home for the Standard Brick & Tile Company of Portland, Oregon. The house showcased nearly the entire catalogue of Standard Brick & Tile materials, with the exterior facades boasting impressive brickwork, laid in a multitude of patterns, shades and textures. The rich exterior details were carried into the interior, with textured plastered walls, tiled floors and an impressive brick and tile fireplace. The home also served as an exhibition of “ideal brick hollow wall” construction, a building technique first introduced in the United States in 1921.
Designed by Otis J. Fitch in the upper middle class neighborhood of Laurelhurst, the Brick House Beautiful became the center of a major advertising campaign undertaken by Standard Brick & Tile. Construction progress was reported weekly in the Oregonian newspaper and architects, contractors and prospective buyers were encouraged to visit the site and watch the house rise. The Brick House Beautiful opened to the public in 1923, one of the first model homes in Oregon to encourage major public inspection and exhibition. Thousands toured the house as Standard Brick continued to promote the benefits of masonry over lumber construction.
Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. July 2011. Author.
Rose City Golf Clubhouse: Portland, Oregon
The Rose City Golf Clubhouse was constructed in Portland between 1931 and 1932. Designed by architect Herbert A. Angell, the building was constructed by local contractor B. T. Allyn. The English Cottage style clubhouse was built for the Rose City Golf Course, the second municipal course established in the state of Oregon. Golf was first played in Oregon in 1888, when four Scotsman laid out temporary holes in sand dunes near Gearhart. A nine hole course opened at Gearhart in 1892, becoming the first course established in Oregon. In 1896 Portland's Waverly Golf Club became the first golf club in the state. Exclusive private golf clubs continued to grow across Oregon in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1918, the Eastmoreland Golf Course became the first municipal course to open in Oregon, making a game once reserved for the elite accessible to the public. The Rose City Golf Course opened its first nine holes in 1923, becoming the second municipal course in the state. The course's second nine holes opened in 1927. The Rose City Golf Clubhouse opened to the public in 1932. It is the only known surviving work of Herbert Angell.
Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. March 2012. Co-Author.