by Ken Guzowski, with Janet C. Gilmore

Dorothy Gilmore waiting on the ferry at Port Townsend, on the way to the SAH/MDR annual meeting in Bellingham, 2005. Photo by Ken Guzowski.

Dorothy Gilmore waiting on the ferry at Port Townsend, on the way to the SAH/MDR annual meeting in Bellingham, 2005. Photo by Ken Guzowski.

Dorothy Gilmore passed away contemplating her husband’s “Our Place, ‘61” oil painting at her beloved home and deer park in the south hills of Eugene, Oregon during the 2015 Spring Equinox.  Dorothy, and fraternal twin Donald, were born in 1922, in Seattle, Washington, to parents “H.C.” (Harold C.) and Dorothea (Haskin) Hanson.  H.C. Hanson was a prolific marine architect and engineer responsible for designing and supervising construction of numerous Pacific Northwest work boats, including commercial fishing and fisheries management vessels, tugs, barges, war-time minesweepers, patrol boats, and pleasure boats.  The reputation of his boats for grace and seaworthiness, and his pioneering adaptation of welded-steel construction to work-boat design, resulted in adoption of his plans for working vessels well beyond the Pacific Northwest.  Dorothy’s experiences drafting for her father’s marine design business on Seattle’s Coleman Dock during her teens, and later drafting for Boeing during World War II, prepared her well for a career in architecture during a time when more women were entering the field.

Inspired deeply by the design and educational philosophy of W.R.B. Willcox at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Dorothy earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1950, after graduating with a B.A. in 1944.  Dorothy’s marriage to fellow Architecture student Philip C. Gilmore (1921-1996) in June 1948, kept her actively perpetuating the Willcox legacy in her practice, family and social life, and with their cohort of Pacific Northwest architects and artists, until her passing.  For decades, conversations about architecture and art, experiences and ideas, teaching and thorny aspects of design projects peppered Dorothy and Phil’s conversations and informed their architectural practices.

While Dorothy occasionally crafted the fine detailing for Phil’s design projects, from the 1960s into the 1990s, Dorothy took the design and supervisory lead on numerous residential remodels and original designs in western Oregon, especially in Eugene and on the Oregon Coast (including their residences), and especially for women clients.  A pair of noteworthy 1970s Eugene examples include the remodel of an early 20th century two-story Craftsman style wood frame house on E. 19th to accommodate the Book and Tea book store and kitchen, for clients Mary Faust and Patricia Clift.  The second example, the Phyllis Kerns House in the Laurel Hill Drive area, placed Kerns’ whimsical interpretations of space in the conceptual frame of a historical one-story hip-roofed vernacular house type with wraparound veranda that had taken Dorothy’s fancy when she spent 1968-69 in Tasmania, Australia, exploring its architectural history.  Her designs characteristically synthesized historical and contemporary architectural features, precariously balancing decorative flourishes with functionality, while emphasizing clean lines, formal clarity, and structural lightness; they invited light in and views out to engaging vistas. During the height of her architectural practice, Dorothy also mentored several women architecture students, and served as an adjunct architectural design professor, at the University of Oregon.

In 1974 Dorothy was appointed to serve on Eugene’s first Historic Review Board.  She was proactive in seeking protection for significant historic buildings and landscapes as City of Eugene Historic Landmarks or for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.  Her knowledge and appreciation of Eugene’s architectural legacy, whether historical or innovative designs, places with special social histories, or the work of known colleagues and mentors, motivated her to preserve old Eugene especially in response to the losses that urban renewal had wrought downtown beginning in the ‘60s.

Also in the 1970s, Dorothy contributed to Phil’s University of Oregon sabbatical year project to audiotape interviews that Phil organized and conducted with former students of W.R.B. Willcox.  Willcox had joined the U of O’s Department of Architecture as Dean in 1922, and continued to influence and interact with students after his 1942 retirement until his death in 1947.  Dorothy helped Phil organize these recordings and supporting documentation for deposit at the University of Oregon Libraries’ Archives.  These interviews provide an understanding of Willcox’s architectural theories and educational philosophy as described by these students of the modern era of architectural design, and demonstrate Willcox’s continuing influence in the Pacific Northwest’s architectural legacy.  Gilmores’ and colleagues’ commitment to the Willcox influence inspired numerous salon-like social gatherings well into the 21st century, leaving their mark on later generations of Pacific Northwest architects, designers, artists, and their offspring.

Dorothy was active in the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and served as secretary-treasurer from 1974 through 1982.  She enthusiastically attended regional meetings on a yearly basis throughout the Pacific Northwest for over forty years.

Dorothy’s cheerful outlook, imagination, and sense of humor, allowed her to encourage the best in other people and work effectively with her  clients.  Open eyes and an open mind, as well as a keen appreciation for architectural heritage, theory, and detail, characterized her curiosity of the world around her and found expression in graceful, innovative, and functional designs for complex architectural landscapes.

Dorothy is survived by her three children, Janet, Andy, and Ben Gilmore, Janet’s husband Jim Leary, and grandchildren Bella and Finn Leary.



Jacksonville, OR. 1971 HABS Photo of the Redmen's Lodge and Kubli Building with the Anderson & Glenn Store at the right. On Sunday, 10/25/15, Scott Clay will lead a tour of this historic gold rush town.

Jacksonville, OR. 1971 HABS Photo of the Redmen’s Lodge and Kubli Building with the Anderson & Glenn Store at the right. On Sunday, 10/25/15, Scott Clay will lead a tour of this historic gold rush town.

The full program for the 2015 Annual Conference and Meeting of the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is now set.  The conference’s base will be in Ashland, Oregon, with side trips to Medford-area wineries, the gold rush town of Jacksonville, and the Château at the Oregon Caves.  While scholarly paper sessions will cover an eclectic range of topics, local and regional history will get their fair share of attention with opening and closing keynote lectures by George Kramer and Jeff LaLande.  Ashland-centric events include a walking tour lead by a member of the town’s historic commission and a behind-the-scenes look at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Archives.  The conference’s main events will take place from Friday, October 23, until Sunday the 25th.  This year we’re adding a bonus attraction for Sunday, running through Monday: a backstage tour of the Oregon Caves Château, including a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, dinner, a candlelight tour of the caves themselves, dessert and breakfast the following morning (note:  attendees must make separate accommodations for  lodging at the Château or in nearby Cave Junction).

Discounted early registration rates remain in effect until October 7th.  You can continue to register on-line (with the Eventbrite service) or by mail until October 20th.  After that you can still join us by registering at the door, however we’ll only be able to accept cash or checks at that time.  A full conference program with registration form is available by clicking here: 2015 Conference Program or at http://sahmdr.org/conference.html.

We look forward to seeing you in Ashland and its environs!



The Marion Dean Ross chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to offer the 2015 Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Award.  The purpose of the EWP Research Award is to further awareness and knowledge of the architectural heritage of the Pacific Northwest.  Awards range from $500 and $2000 in any given year and are awarded to from one to several recipients per year.  Applications for the award are due by September 15, 2015.  Recipients of the EWP award are expected to make a presentation on their research at the following year’s Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross conference.  This year the SAH MDR conference will be held in Ashland, Oregon, October 23-25, 2015.  For an application form and more information, go to:  http://www.sahmdr.org/awards.html

In 2013, the EWP award provided assistance with two research projects.  One award was given to Professor Anne Marshall for her paper entitled, “Indigenous Architecture: Creating the Museum At Warm Springs,” and one was awarded to independent consultant Liz Carter for her research, “Mid-Nineteenth Century Dwelling of Oregon Black Pioneers: A Brief Historical Context.”  In 2014 the EWP Award went to a team at Washington State University headed by J. Philip Gruen and Robert Redder Franklin who are preparing entries for the national Society of Architectural Historians’ (SAH) Archipedia Project.

A Note for Applicants

The selection committee is open to a wide range of proposals.  It has supported research in its initial phases, research that is well in progress and proposals from emerging scholars as well as established professionals.  The core requirements are that the research focuses on the Pacific Northwest and that the applicant is a member of the SAH MDR.  Student membership is free, while general membership costs a nominal $15 ($12.50 if you’re already a member of the national SAH).  Applications for the Potter Award that are submitted by non-members will not be reviewed.  So, sign up at http://www.sahmdr.org/membership.html.  If you’re unsure about your membership status, send a message to info@sahmdr.org.

About the 2014 Award Recipients

Pacific Science Center and Space Needle (mostly Yamasaki, 1962) Seattle, WA. Photo by D. Pinyerd.

Pacific Science Center and Space Needle (mostly Yamasaki, 1962) Seattle, WA. Photo by D. Pinyerd.

The SAH Archipedia is essentially an online version of the venerable, but slow to be released, Buildings of the United States series of books published under the auspices of the SAH.  In contrast with other online resources, such as Wikipedia, Archipedia entries have a more certain pedigree and are guaranteed to be written and reviewed by experts in the field of architectural history.  The Potter Award will help the Washington State University team provide small stipends to researchers who will produce descriptions, analysis, photography, and data regarding Washington’s 100 most significant works of architecture for the free online resource entitled “SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings.”  Greater depth, and entries beyond the initial 100 is available to subscribers and members of the SAH.

According to Gruen’s and Franklin’s Potter Award application:

“The Washington Archipedia builds upon earlier research for the SAH Buildings of the United States series, compiled originally by members of the SAH/MDR chapter.  That work drew upon the 1940 state census—before the post-World War Two urban population boom when rural areas featured a greater percentage of the state’s population—to help ensure more equitable geographic coverage that otherwise might be dominated by the architecture of cities bordering the Puget Sound.  While including many significant works of architecture from those cities (such as Seattle and Tacoma), the Washington Archipedia project will proceed in the spirit of the older survey, thereby ensuring that nearly every county or region of the state finds representation. This also will allow for a potentially wider array of building typologies.

B Reactor (credited to E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 1943-44), Hanford, WA. Photo by B. Niederer.

B Reactor (credited to E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 1943-44), Hanford, WA. Photo by B. Niederer.

The contract specifies for 100 individual entries of between 250 and 2,000 words, but it does not delineate criteria for what constitutes “significance”—historical or otherwise.  While many buildings, landscapes, and districts targeted for this project will be fifty years of age or older and designed by notable architects (there will, of course, be many entries focusing on the older architectural heritage of the state), the Washington Archipedia project is not intended to be an online guidebook with little more than names, dates, and “historical facts.”  To help readers understand the architecture of the Pacific Northwest, the project coordinators will occasionally push the traditional limits of “historic significance” by including buildings, landscapes, and districts whose importance lies in their stories, events, memories, or ideas—not strictly in their aesthetics, styles, or fame of their designers.  We feel that greater understanding comes from approaches that often extend well beyond the proverbial bricks and mortar of buildings.

To that end, a cultural landscape approach to the built environment may occasionally be appropriate.  This will permit analysis, interpretation, and justification for sites as diverse as the Parkade in Spokane; the Freeway Park in Seattle; the B Reactor at Hanford Reach; and the plan of Longview.  As the architecture of the Pacific Northwest has gained a widespread reputation for its pioneering efforts in “green” and sustainable design, landmarks in energy conservation and renewable materials also will find a place in the Washington Archipedia, from Mithun’s Island Wood on Bainbridge Island to Miller|Hull’s Bullitt Center in Seattle.  Washington might be among the last states to join the Archipedia project, but we intend it to be progressive and up-to-date in its subject matter and approach.  We hope it will set a standard for online architectural archives.”

Gamwell House (Longstaff & Black, 1890), Bellingham, WA. Photo by B. Niederer.

Gamwell House (Longstaff & Black, 1890), Bellingham, WA. Photo by B. Niederer.

The selection committee of the MDR SAH was impressed by both the scope of the Washington Archipedia project, as well as the applicants’ thoughtful approach toward the subject, particularly the question of what constitutes “significance.”  To that end, Phil Gruen composed a lengthy blog post for the SAH, titled “Washington State Slept Here: SAH Archipedia and the Question of Significance.”  Are you curious about what the WSU team has tagged as significant?  A draft list is available by clicking Washington State Archipedia 100!  The finalized Washington State contribution to Archipedia is set to go live during the summer of 2016.  As of August 2015, entries for 19 states, including the District of Columbia can be perused at http://sah-archipedia.org/.


Main Street looking west towards the Ashland Springs Hotel and Varsity Theatre, Ashland, Oregon.  Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Main Street looking west towards the Ashland Springs Hotel and Varsity Theatre, Ashland, Oregon. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Our 2015 Annual Meeting in and around Ashland, Oregon is beginning to take shape.  Scheduled for October 23-25, the overall conference theme is:  “Artifice and Authenticity in Architecture!  To Play or Not to Play?”  In a similar vein, Oregon Public Broadcasting recently ran a piece titled “Ashland:  The Town that Shakespeare Built?,” that makes a strong case for the play being the thing with which to catch king tourist’s dollars.  The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), currently celebrating its 80th anniversary, will still be presenting a slate of plays at the time of our conference, and while we’re too late in the season for outdoor plays presented at the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, the indoor stages will feature a wide variety of offerings including such classics as the Bard’s own Much Ado About Nothing, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, a world premiere play by Lynn Nottage titled Sweat, and Frank Loesser’s ever-popular musical Guys and Dolls, among others.

Not to be outdone, our paper sessions, traditionally set for Saturday, will cover a range of subjects under the umbrella of our overall theme.  One session will include Amy Crain’s “Synagogue Architecture as Metaphor: Standing Out or Blending In,”  Julianne Parse Sandlin’s “The Ca’ D’Zan: Whimsical Play or Serious Business?,” and Henry Matthews’ “Authenticity and Artifice in Alvar Aalto’s Mount Angel Library.”  Session two will include “10 Principles of Pacific Northwest Landscape Architecture: How Authenticity is the New Regional Commodity” by Noah Guadagni, “The Weippe Prairie” by Robert Franklin, and “Molalla Log House” by Pam Hayden and Gregg Olson.  Many thanks to the SAHMDR’s paper selection committee for putting together such an intriguing slate of presentations.  More details on additional lectures, tours, and of course banquets and get-togethers will follow soon!  We hope to see you all in Ashland this fall!




The University of Washington College of Built Environments will add Roland Terry and Grant Jones to its Roll of Honor in a celebration at UWs Architecture Hall on April 29th, 2015, at 6:00 pm.

Grant Jones

Grant Jones

Roland Terry

Roland Terry

The Roll of Honor was created in 1986, enabling the College to formally recognize extraordinary practitioners in the fields of architecture, construction management, landscape architecture, real estate and urban planning and design. The “Roll” was established then when the building underwent a remodeling;  at that time eight names were listed.  Additional names were added in the late 1990s, in 2002 and in 2008 for a total of fifteen.

Previous inductees include: Elizabeth Ayer, Fred Bassetti, Carl Gould, Lancelot Gowen, Richard Haag, Norman Johnston, Paul Kirk, Wendell Lovett, Lionel Pries, B. Marcus Priteca, Robert Reamer, Victor Steinbrueck, Ellsworth Storey, Paul Thiry and Myer Wolfe. 
HAAG 2bIf you missed Thaisa Way’s presentation on Richard Haag at our annual conference, here’s your chance to catch up with a book launch at Peter Miller Books, 2326 Second Avenue in Seattle, on May 1st from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Richard Haag will be present to sign copies of the book and will also give a short talk midway through the evening.



The celebration of the UW Department of Architecture’s Centennial continues with a lecture by Jeffrey Karl Ochsner titled Back to the Future.  The lecture will take place on May 6th, at 6:00 pm, in Architecture Hall 147.

Jeffrey Karl Ochsner FAIA is a Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he has taught since 1988 in the areas of architectural design, urban design, historic preservation, and architectural history. He served as Chair of the Department of Architecture from 1996 to 2002. He holds adjunct positions in the Departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design & Planning. He began serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Built Environments in July 2007.

Professor Ochsner is author of H. H. Richardson: Complete Architectural Works (1982), editor and co-author of Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects (First Edition, 1994; Second Edition, 2014), co-author of Distant Corner: Seattle Architects and the Legacy of H. H. Richardson (2003), and author of Lionel H. Pries, Architect-Artist-Educator: From Arts & Crafts to Modern Architecture (2007), and Furniture Studio: Materials, Craft, and Architecture (2012).  The Publishers Association of the West awarded Lionel H. Pries, Architect-Artist-Educator two medals for design;  the book was a finalist for the 2008 Washington State Book Award in History/Biography.  Professor Ochsner has published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, JAE: Journal of Architectural Education, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, ARCADE and other journals.  At the 2014 Annual Conference of the SAH/MDR he presented The Emergence of Northwest Regional Modernism: 1930s-1950s.


Seattle’s Miller Hull Partners will present On the Ground on May 20th at 6:00pm in Architecture Hall 147.  

The Miller Hull Partnership’s design reputation is based on simple, innovative and authentic designs. Since its inception in 1977 the firm has pursued a rigorous logic in its design approach in the belief that architectural programs are best solved directly and efficiently. Throughout the firm’s history Miller Hull has received over 200 design awards and has been published in numerous national and foreign design journals. Miller Hull’s design philosophy centers around two essential architectural ideas. One is to use a building’s structure to create a significant place within a site, and the other is to be sensitive to climate and to respond to environmental demands with the form of the building. These ideas evolve from an appreciation of the extraordinary beauty of the natural environment and have allowed Miller Hull’s projects to have an unusually clear fit to their surrounding context. Founding partners David Miller and Robert Hull, both raised in Washington State, have explored the development of two dominant themes in America’s western regional architecture: the need to establish a defined place within the landscape and the art of rational building. Their attitude toward building in the landscape takes advantage of a mutual inflection in which architecture and landscape seem to need each other for completion. In their residential architecture they attempt to capture the spirit and vitality of the West by focusing on the tensions between nature and materiality; detail and structure.

The UW Architecture Department’s Lecture Series generally takes place at 6:00 pm in Architecture Hall 147 and are free and open to the public.  Continuing education and IDP credits are available for attendance.  For more information on future lectures see http://arch.be.washington.edu/.



Abstracts or proposals for papers or work-in-progress reports are solicited for the 2015 annual meeting of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. The meeting this year will be held in Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, on October 23rd to 25th.


Woodcut of woman spinning scanned from the Horizon Book of the Elizabethan World by Lacey Baldwin Smith, New York: American Heritage Publishing, 1967. Available from Wikimedia Commons at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ File:Woodcut_Woman_Spinning.jpg.

This year’s theme is Artifice and Authenticity in Architecture! To Play or Not To Play?

“…the plays the thing / Wherein Ill catch the conscience of the King.  Hamlet: Act 2, Scene 2

From festivals to farms, ranches to resorts, mining towns to ghost towns, the American west is replete with attractions and destinations that celebrate its legacy.  Submissions for the conference may address the conference theme, broadly conceived, or explore the ways in which our historic resource-based economy is being translated into a tourism-based economy in southern Oregon and beyond.  Topics germane to the theme will be given first priority; other proposals are also welcome.  Abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed by the SAHMDR Review Committee with a select number chosen for oral presentation or a poster session opportunity.

Membership in the SAHMDR is not required for abstract submission, although those chosen for presentation will be asked to contribute chapter dues for the current year.  Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in fields related to the built environment are particularly welcome.

Submission Guidelines: The abstract should be no more than 500 words, and should fit onto a single-sided page.  A single separate page should include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address with a brief, 100-200 word paragraph biography or one-page curriculum vitae.  Indicate in your abstract whether you intend to deliver a twenty-minute paper or a ten-minute work-in-progress report.  Ideally, submissions should be analytical or critical in nature, rather than descriptive, and aim to make an original contribution.  Electronic submission of proposals is preferred.

Abstracts are due on or before May 12, 2015, and authors of papers chosen for presentation will be notified by June 11, 2015.  Completed manuscripts of accepted papers must be submitted in full to conference organizers by August 11, 2015.  Authors shall retain copyright, but will agree that the paper can be deposited for scholarly use in the chapter archive in the Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries.

Email submissions as a Word attachment with the subject heading SAHMDR 2015 on or before May 12, 2015, to Amanda Clark at amanda.c.r.clark (at) gmail.com.  If you are unable to send your submission electronically, please send it via regular mail to:

Amanda C. R. Clark, MLIS, Ph.D.
Director of the Library & Assistant Professor in Art
Whitworth University
300 W. Hawthorne Road, Spokane, WA 99251

To recap, the pertinent dates are:

May 12, 2015 – Abstract due
June 11, 2015 – Selection notification
August 11, 2015 – Completed manuscripts due
October 23-25, 2015 – Conference in Ashland

Pioneer Hall at Ashland, site of our 2015 Paper Sessions.

Pioneer Hall at Ashland, site of our 2015 Paper Sessions.

This year we will have a conference hotel, the Best Western Bard’s Inn.   Mention “SAHMDR” and you will receive the conference rate of $120 per night for two queen beds or $110 per night for one king bed.  Hotel tax rate is 10%.  The Bard’s Inn is located at 132 N Main St, Ashland OR 97520, within walking distance of our principal venue.  The rate will be held until September 22, and is available for the nights of October 22-24, 2015.  Call 541-482-0049 or 800-533-9627 for reservations.  There is a limited supply of conference-rate rooms so make your reservation soon.

The current season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will still be in session during our conference, so please consider extending your stay to take in a play.

Updates and further information can be found on the SAH MDR website at: http://www.sahmdr.org/

by Elisabeth Walton Potter

Wallace Kay Huntington, A.S.L.A., distinguished landscape architect and past president of the regional chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (S.A.H.), died at home in Portland on February 3, 2015, at the age of eighty-eight.  He was born in Salem, Oregon, on May 15, 1926, the son of Hollis Huntington and the former Marjorie Kay.  His maternal forebears were founders of Salem’s most enduring enterprise in woolen manufacturing, the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill Company.  His great grandfather, Thomas Lister Kay, a native Yorkshireman, was a leading figure in Oregon’s pioneer woolen industry.  Huntington is survived by his sisters, Shirley and Crystal Huntington of Venice, Florida, and Portland, Oregon, respectively.  His late wife, one-time S.A.H. board of directors member Mirza Dickel, was remembered in online “Chapter News & Notices” following her death in December, 2012.

Mirza Dickel and Wallace K. Huntington were honored for their roles as officers and advisers of long standing with a Marion Dean Ross Chapter Service Award, which they accepted at the annual conference in Portland in 2009.  Photo by Elisabeth Walton Potter.

Mirza Dickel and Wallace Kay Huntington accepted the Marion Dean Ross Chapter Distinguished Service Award for their roles as past officers and advisers of long standing during the annual conference in Portland in 2009. Photo by Elisabeth Walton Potter.

After serving in the United States Navy 1944-1946, Huntington attended Willamette University for a year and, in 1947, transferred to the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts.  He graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture with concentrations in the History of Art and Landscape Architecture.  Like many who followed him as students of art history at the School, Huntington was inspired by the lectures of Marion Ross, a Pennsylvania State and Harvard University-educated architectural historian recruited to the faculty in the same year Huntington arrived on the campus.  The two became life-long friends.  Professor Ross encouraged his former student’s active participation in the Society of Architectural Historians.

Upon graduation, Huntington lived in San Francisco and traveled extensively in Europe before returning to Oregon.  He spent some time in his hometown with the Doerfler Nursery before settling in Portland, where he joined William Roth as principal in Huntington & Roth, Landscape Architects and Planners, in 1958.  Some twenty years later, with Craig Kiest, he formed the firm of Huntington & Kiest, in which he remained active for the rest of his life.

For a number of years, while maintaining independent practice between partnerships, Huntington lectured at Portland State University, wrote a column for the Northwest Magazine of the Portland Oregonian in 1984-1985, and commenced consulting on many of the important early historic preservation projects of the region.   He was a professional affiliate of the American Institute of Architects and member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, for which organization he chaired the Oregon chapter’s Historic Preservation Committee 1975-1976.  He was sought after as a member of advisory bodies for the Portland Art Museum, Portland Beautification Association, University of Oregon Museum of Art, and the Oregon Historical Society.  In 1970, Huntington was appointed by Governor Tom McCall to the first State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation created as a professionally-credentialed review panel under provisions of the federal-aid program authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.  Huntington was reappointed to the state review panel and served a second three-year term ending in 1976.  Thereafter, he was tapped for the Capitol Planning Commission’s Technical Advisory Board.  He served as an Oregon advisor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Well-known to regional researchers are Huntington’s essays on Victorian architecture and historic parks and gardens of Oregon in the two-volume work, Space, Style and Structure:  Building in Northwest America, edited by Thomas Vaughan and Virginia Ferriday (Portland:  Oregon Historical Society, 1974).  With Allen Denison, he co-authored Victorian Architecture of Port Townsend, Washington (Seattle:  Hancock House, 1978).

In the period 1972 to 1974, Huntington was presiding officer of the Society of Architectural Historians regional jurisdiction then known as the Northern Pacific Coast Chapter.  Before its reorganization in the 1990s, the chapter counted members in the San Francisco Bay Area and northern California as well as Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia.  Over the years, he presented papers ranging from Victorian gardens and bedding out to John Yeon, the influential, innovative modernist, as landscape designer.  In Eugene, during the fiftieth anniversary meeting of the chapter in 2004, Huntington gave the keynote address on the legacy of his late friend and mentor, chapter founder Marion Dean Ross, for whom the chapter had been renamed in 1995.  Ross also had been among the founders of the Society, which was organized at Harvard in 1940.

Wallace Kay Huntington at his restored home, the William Case House in the vicinity of Champoeg. Ron Cooper Photo, Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon, April 25, 1990.

Wallace Kay Huntington at his restored home, the William Case House in the vicinity of Champoeg. Ron Cooper Photo, Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon, April 25, 1990.

In 1977, Huntington acquired the 1859 farmhouse built by William Case in Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley.  With its peripteral colonnade, the building was a sizeable, superbly-crafted  and original interpretation of Greek Revival architecture.  The restoration which ensued, with chapter members Charles Gilman Davis as architect and Mirza Dickel as interior architect together with master carpenter Lyle Warren, was recognized in 1979 with a preservation award from the Oregon Chapter, American Institute of Architects.

Case farm became home base for Huntington and Dickel upon their marriage.  To historic trees and shrubbery remaining from the historic period were added hardy native plant materials and varied ornamental specimens.  Perfecting the outdoor garden spaces which provided a setting for the house became Huntington’s long-term pastime, which he prized equally with his frequent travels abroad with Mirza.  In 1988, the duo hosted a memorable dinner and open house at Case Farm for members of the Society’s United States Domestic Study Tour in the Willamette Valley.  Subsequent visiting colleagues, Grant Hildebrand and Miriam Sutermeister, were inspired to embark on a thorough-going documentation of the historic farmhouse which they published in 2007, assigning copyright to the S.A.H. regional chapter under the title A Greek Temple in French Prairie:  The William Case House, French Prairie, Oregon 1858 -’59.

As designer or master-planning consultant, Huntington had a hand in restoration projects at such prominent historic sites and house museums as the William Keil House at Aurora; Thomas Kay Historical Park, Asahel Bush House, and Dr. Luke Port House (“Deepwood”) in Salem; Pittock Mansion, Portland; Bybee-Howell House, Sauvie Island; and, in Washington state, Sam Hill’s Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, and Officers’ Row, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.  He consulted on revisions to the gardens of “Elk Rock,” the historic Peter Kerr estate in Portland which was adapted as the Bishop’s Close for the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon.  Huntington admired the intimate compartmented gardens of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver which influenced the kind of elegant urban residential landscapes in which he specialized.  The principals of the pioneer woman-owned landscape architectural firm founded in Salem in 1929 were his personal friends.  They had encouraged his early practice.  In 1980, Huntington was asked to update the garden which Lord & Schryver designed for the Portland Garden Club in 1955.  Noteworthy among his honors was the Ruth McBride Powers Award for Lifetime Achievement in Historic Preservation conferred by the Historic Preservation League of Oregon (now Restore Oregon) during the Governor’s Conference on Historic Preservation in 1996.

The Bosque, The Oregon Garden, Silverton, 2009.

The Bosque, The Oregon Garden, Silverton, 2009.

Huntington joined with the Oregon Association of Nurserymen and other professionals to plan The Oregon Garden, a botanical garden on the southern outskirts of Silverton that would become the showplace and educational and research center for the Willamette Valley’s burgeoning horticultural industry.  The master plan was completed in 1996 and the following year ground was broken for development envisioned to encompass 240 acres ultimately.  The Bosque, a tree-shaded central plaza around which a variety of specialty gardens was organized, was Huntington’s particular contribution.  The brick parterre centerpiece contained reflecting ponds and a Pacific Sunset Maple centered in each of forty raised planter boxes.  As the trees matured, the space became the hospitable resting place for visitors and venue for outdoor gatherings.  The Bosque was dedicated on September 10, 2000, during an on-site gala in tribute to Huntington, who was recognized on that occasion for excellence in his field of design as well as his part in laying the foundation for the preservation movement in Oregon.



Obituary, Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon, Feb. 15, 2015.  Available online by clicking here.
Jim Jordan, “Bulldozing,” Daily Journal of Commerce, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 21, 1981.
Ron Cowan, “Salem landmarks lost:  Historian gives talk Thursday,” Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon, April 25, 1990.  Photograph by Ron Cooper.


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