Call for sessions for the Seattle 2020 SAH conference linked below!


Last spring at our SAHMDR (Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross chapter) meeting we had the privilege of a private, preview tour of the George Conrad Flavel House in Astoria as it was undergoing restoration. It was wonderful; one could see the potential in every corner. We also heard John Goodenberger’s popular talk on the family, “A Family Residence in Decline.” Now the endlessly fascinating Flavel family is the subject of a forthcoming book, and the Clatsop County Historical Society is sponsoring a three-day event NEXT WEEK to raise money for its publication. For more information see: http://www.cumtux.org/default.asp?deptid=1&com=events&eventID=32

Lewis McArthur dies at 101


Rich Haag

A great loss to the Pacific Northwest and the country. Rich Haag was at the forefront of his field in many areas, not the least of which was in the re-use of industrial sites, such as seen here in the iconic Gasworks Park in Seattle.


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Hello, for those of you who were unable to make our annual meeting in May (as well as those whose company we were able to enjoy in Astoria), below are a few news items that were discussed at the annual General Business Meeting and the following board meeting that may be of interest.

First of all, it was a wonderful meeting, with great papers, talks, venues, and lots of interesting sights and sites. We enjoyed a turn-out of 44 people (photos will be posted on our SAHMDR Blog in the next few days). Our hosts were extraordinary, going out of their way to give us access to otherwise inaccessible sites, such as the 1901 Flavel House, currently under renovation (thank you John Goodenberger!), and the ferry boat Tourist 2, also under renovation (thank you Lucien Swerdloff!). Our conference lead, Ken Guzowski, and conference committee (basically the Board) did a great job of keeping the whole event running smoothly.

So here’s the news.


Conference. Holding next year’s conference in Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with a Sunday day trip to Wallace, drew support in the General Business Meeting and from the Board. We will be working on this over the next year and will call on the expertise of our Idaho and eastern Washington members to plan that. The membership was in favor of having the 2020 conference in Seattle, in conjunction with the SAH International Conference, which will be April 29th to May 3rd. Details will be forthcoming as we coordinate with the national chapter conference committee.


Grants and scholarships. This year’s recipients of the Wendell Lovett Student Travel Award were Tim W. Wood (University of Oregon) and Christina Gray (University of California at Los Angeles). Christina was also awarded a research grant in 2016 and presented on that research at the 2018 conference. Our Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Grant was awarded to Holly Taylor for her forthcoming work on the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Washington and Oregon. We are currently considering giving a Young Professionals Travel Grant in the name of our long-time treasurer Shirley Courtois and re-naming our educational support grant for long-time chapter participants Grant Hildebrand and Miriam Sutermeister. The Executive Committee of the Board will develop a proposal for a slight dues increase to cover this and present it to the membership for consideration in 2019. Currently dues are $12.50 for an Associate Member and $15.00 for Chapter Member; membership is free for students.


Scholarly papers. We were particularly pleased with the participation of our future professionals – that is, students – at the conference. In a field of seven papers, three were presented by University of Oregon students (Rodney Bohner, Tim W. Wood, and Max Yeley), one was given by University of Washington student Kelly Daviduke, and one was by Christina Gray of UCLA. Rich Freitas, a recent graduate of the University of Washington, also presented. We very much appreciate University of Idaho Professor Anne Marshall for kicking off the session with her paper entitled, “Residential and Day Schools for Indigenous Children in Idaho.” It was an excellent group of papers.


Board and Committees. We have a new volunteer for membership coordinator. Thank you to Ahsha Miranda for volunteering! With this addition, our board and committees are fully staffed for the first time in a very long time. Thank you to Martin Segger for continuing to represent British Columbia, and to our other regional representatives – Phillip Mead (Idaho), Phil Gruen (Washington), and Jim Buckley (Oregon) for their continuing service and help with the conference.


SAHMDR archives. Elisabeth Walton Potter, our chapter History Advisor, and Ed Teague, our Website Manager and Digital Archivist, have put together a clarification and draft practice for submittal of papers and other materials to our archives, which are located in the Special Collections and University Libraries of the University of Oregon. This was discussed at the Board meeting and will be presented to the general membership in 2019. As you know, our members produce 6-10 scholarly papers every year and these are kept in our archives, as well as posted to Scholars Bank when appropriate. Did you know that our chapter has a 19-page finding aid at the U of O? For more information, please feel free to contact the chapter at info(at)sahmdr .org.

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Diana J. Painter, PhD

President, Society of Architectural Historians

Marion Dean Ross chapter

See a review of the recently published: Canada: Modern Architectures in History

by Rhodri Windsor Liscombe and Michelangelo Sabatino, by Martin Segger

in the Ormsby Review



We will be seeing the results of the restoration of the Astoria Column in person on Sunday, May 20th and hearing from John Goodenberger, the on-site coordinator for the restoration. Registration is still open! See sahmdr.org for more information.

Register now!

Please note that Monday May 7th is the last day to register without a late fee for the Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross (PNW) 2018 annual conference in Astoria. We are looking forward to a jam-packed three days, from touring the stunning new Columbia River Maritime Museum Friday afternoon to a bus tour to see the newly refurbished Astoria Column, among other sights, on Sunday morning We hope to you there! Check out our website for the conference program and instructions on how to register: http://www.sahmdr.org/

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Congratulations to John, winner of this year’s Oregon Heritage Excellence award! So well deserved! We look forward to seeing more of John’s outstanding work at our Friday night reception at the 2018 Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross annual meeting, where he will give the keynote address on the historic Flavel House. John is our co-host for the May 18th – May 20thconference. For more information, see our website at http://www.sahmdr.org/