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B&DMDR SAH MDR Service Award Plaque 2017

The Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter Society of Architectural Historians takes pleasure in honoring BERNADETTE NIEDERER & DAVID PINYERD Chapter Secretary 2007-2017 Membership Coordinator 2009-2017 and Blog Manager and Newsletter Editor joint recipients of the 2017 MARION DEAN ROSS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD in recognition of a decade of wholehearted team effort through which their proficient support in many varied ways helped the chapter sustain highest standards for annual conference organizing and promotion of scholarship in fulfillment of the purposes of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Maintaining a vibrant record of chapter proceedings, conference programs, announcements, news, notices, and other essential communications to keep the membership engaged and connected across the Pacific Northwest region and beyond. Presented at the Annual General Meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, June 17, 2017 Historic House is Home Base The Howard C. Rowlee House (built by S.O. Griffiths 1931-1933), in Albany, Oregon, was acquired by Pinyerd and Niederer in 2003 for the headquarters of their consulting group, Historic Preservation Northwest. The principals restored the building in the ensuing years to their exacting standards entirely by their own labor. E. W. Potter photos, May 10, 2017 Readiness for a Decade of Service to SAH Dave Pinyerd and Bernadette Niederer, graduates of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts Master’s degree program in Historic Preservation, launched their small-group consultancy to undertake cultural resource evaluation and documentation contract work throughout the region in 2001. They made Albany, Oregon, their headquarters in 2003.

Their years of association with the Historic Preservation program gave them broad practical experience. Dave was a Graduate Teaching Fellow and supported the program’s Director as Coordinator of the School’s first two summer Preservation Field Schools (1995-1996) that had been organized through collaborative arrangement between the UO, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and State Historic Preservation Office. In 2001-2002, Bernadette was a Technical Graduate Administrative Fellow charged with overhaul and expansion of the program website. Dave served on the Albany Landmarks Advisory Commission (and also a term as President of the Historic Preservation League of Oregon). Bernadette was elected Vice-president of the Monteith Historical Society. Bernadette was the first of the two to enter into active participation in affairs of the regional chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Her interest in building construction led her to propose a paper for the chapter conference of September, 2006, at the University of Idaho, in Moscow, for which she was awarded the Wendell Lovett travel stipend for emerging scholars to present “Cast–iron Storefronts and the Foundries of Albany, Oregon.”

Dave, meanwhile, was engaged in the study of facilities of the U.S. Coast Guard’s forerunner agency that protected coastal communities dependent on ocean-going shipping. His paper, “Buildings of the U.S. Life-Saving Service on the Oregon Coast,” was presented to the chapter during the annual conference at Oregon State University in Corvallis, in October, 2007. It was in the run-up to the Corvallis conference that Bernadette and Dave demonstrated their aptitude for chapter organization. Bernadette was recruited to serve as board Secretary pro tem to fulfill the unexpired term of an incumbent. She was elected to the office in her own right during the 2007 annual general meeting and served continuously for ten years, during much of which time she also managed the chapter’s valuable blog, “News & Notices,” frequently illustrated with her own photographs. Dave had coordinated transportation services for the Corvallis conference committee. The following year, he courteously took over the chapter newsletter to relieve the work load of the Membership Coordinator.

In 2009, Dave was formally appointed to the board in the dual position of Membership Coordinator and Newsletter Editor, roles which he fulfilled to the end of his final term in 2017. When asked to reflect on the value of the sustained period of service of this capable duo, Edward H. Teague, under whose consecutive terms as President Pinyerd and Niederer commenced their careers as chapter board members, expressed it this way: “Their dependability, continuity of service, and expertise in their critical roles helped maintain a strong, successful chapter identity. Their reliable teamwork and unfailing good humor helped to inspire the chapter to achieve the highest standards for excellence in fulfilling the mission of the Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter.”



The Historian position implements historic and historic architectural cultural resources projects, leads projects and crews, and prepares professional reports of findings. The Historian prepares proposals, responds to client needs, and to the media to meet project goals.

As always, our Conference will include the Annual Meeting of the SAH/MDR. Below are the minutes from our 2015 Meeting in Ashland for review. Our Executive Board Members (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary) serve two year terms. Odd years are election years; therefore, a proposed slate of officers for 2017-2019 is included below the minutes.

Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter – Society of Architectural Historians
Annual General Meeting, 10/24/2015 – Ashland, Oregon – Pioneer Hall

The October 24, 2015, Annual General Meeting of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, was called to order in Pioneer Hall, Ashland, Oregon, by President Diana Painter at 12:30 p.m.  The meeting was convened in conjunction with a three-day conference embracing the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and other venues in the Rogue River Valley under the organizing theme of “Artifice and Authenticity in Architecture:  To Play or Not to Play.”  Attending were approximately forty conference registrants and presenters, chapter officers and board members.

Approval of Minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting in Seattle, Washington
The motion to approve minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting as recorded by Secretary Bernadette Niederer was made by Kenneth Guzowski, seconded by William J. Hawkins, and passed unanimously.

Report on Membership and Communications
Mimi Sheridan presented status reports submitted by Dave Pinyerd and Bernadette Niederer, coordinator of membership and editor of the chapter blog, respectively.  Chapter membership enrollment presently stands at 95 and represents an increase of ten since last year’s report.  Mimi noted that all registrants for the 2015 Conference will be credited for one year of membership in 2016.  Announcements concerning the annual conference are emailed to as many as 300 individuals and institutions.  Subscribers to the chapter blog number 37, but, the subscriber roster does not reflect the number of people who see the blog on an occasional basis.  “News & Notices” is a lively and colorfully-illustrated record of chapter affairs, publications, and passages – an online newsletter in effect, which rates broader viewership.

Treasurer’s Report
Treasurer Mimi Sheridan reported the status of the chapter treasury before 2015 conference expenditures as $11,683.  Of that amount, $7,800 falls within the category of unrestricted funds which may be used for conference expenses, awards, and so on.  The chapter’s vigorous awards program is the major budget category.   In addition to the discretionary Potter Research Award from unrestricted funds, the treasury currently holds $3,883 in restricted, or dedicated, funds for awards.  Dedicated funds for educational promotion include the Marion Dean Ross Fund ($2,000), Architects’ Participation Fund ($1,000), the Student Participation Fund ($380) the Educational Projects Fund ($300), and the Wendell Lovett Fund ($504).

Report on Awards
President Diana Painter reported that the governing board had recently awarded the 2015 Potter Research Award to Christina Grey, a University of Toronto Master’s degree graduate presently enrolled as a PhD candidate in architecture at UCLA. The travel stipend in the amount of $500 will be used by the candidate to further her study of Arthur C. Erickson (1924- 2009) and the architect-client relationship in the context of designing the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver.

Report of the Nominating Committee
Ed Teague, chair of the Nominating Committee which included Bernadette Niederer and Hal Kalman, opened his report with plaudits for appointees David Pinyerd and Bernadette Niederer, who serve so well as Membership Coordinator and Chapter Blog Editor, respectively, and are willing to continue fulfilling those roles.
On the subject of the chapter archives, Ed announced that, in his capacity as Digital Archivist for the University of Oregon Libraries, he had recently been able to give the chapter’s Scholars’ Bank a presence on the Internet.  The shortcut URL is http://tinyurl.com/sahmdr-archives.  The 50th anniversary commemorative piece prepared by Elisabeth Potter, “Scholars and Sightseers:  The Society of Architectural Historians in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest 1954-2004” is now added to the online resource.

The committee presented the following slate of officers for the ensuing term of two years:

President: Diana Painter
Vice President: Amanda Clark
Secretary: Bernadette Niederer
Treasurer: Mimi Sheridan

Regional Delegates (appointed):

Liz Carter, Eugene, Oregon
Phil Gruen, Pullman, Washington
Phillip Mead, Moscow, Idaho
Hal Kalman, Vancouver, British Columbia

No nominations were offered from the floor.  Kenneth Guzowski moved for adoption of the committee’s slate in its entirety.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Annual Conference Venues for 2016 and 2017
Phil Gruen led the discussion of prospective locations for the chapter’s annual conference.  Martin Segger extended an invitation to the chapter to gather in Victoria, B.C. in 2017, when Canada will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation and Wentworth Villa, a new conference facility, will be opened in Victoria.  He said he would be willing to work with the organizing committee on arrangements for the conference.  The gracious proposal was met with universal favor.

Suggestions for 2016 included Bellingham, Walla Walla, and Pullman in Washington; Baker City and LaGrande in Oregon; Moscow and Sun Valley (Ketchum) in Idaho; and Homer, Alaska. Considerable discussion of Baker City was prompted by Susan Boyle, and it was suggested by Bill Hawkins that a key contact for local arrangements would be the former National Trust for Historic Preservation regional representative who restored the city’s prominent 1889 Geiser Grand Hotel.  The varied suggestions were accepted for consideration by the governing board.

The meeting was adjourned shortly before 1:00 p.m. with closing formalities necessarily cut short in the interest of adhering to the schedule.  Nevertheless, conferees individually expressed whole-hearted appreciation to the Conference Committee for organizing outstanding papers sessions, enlisting engaging local presenters, and providing rewarding tours and well-chosen venues at varied locations in southern Oregon’s Rogue River Valley.

Elisabeth Walton Potter
Recording Secretary pro tem
October 27, 2015


Report of the Nominating Committee & Slate of Proposed Officers for 2017-2019

In accordance with the bylaws of the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, a slate of board nominees shall be presented to the membership 30 days in advance of the biennial election.  Elisabeth Potter and Ed Teague led the nominating committee this year and have submitted the following slate for the forthcoming annual meeting to be held in Victoria on June 17, 2017.  Nominations from the floor may be entertained as a matter of protocol.

Executive Officers:
President: Diana J. Painter
Vice president: Amanda C.R. Clark
Secretary: Kathryn Burk-Hise
Treasurer: Mimi Sheridan

Regional Delegates Recommended for Appointment to the Board
British Columbia: Harold Kalman
Washington: J. Philip Gruen
Idaho: Phillip G. Mead
Oregon: To be determined

Special Appointments
Website Communications Manager and Digital Archivist: Edward H. Teague
Chapter Blog Manager: Amanda C.R. Clark
Assistant Blog Manager: Kathryn Burk-Hise

Recommended Committees
Scholarly Papers Coordination
Research and Travel Awards Coordination
New Member Recruitment



Eighty years ago, on May 3, 1937, a new library opened at the University of Oregon and on October 23, 1937, the building was formally dedicated.  The historic building is a monument to the Depression Era public works programs which financed its construction and remains one of Oregon’s best examples of integrated art and architecture.  This guide is intended to provide a foundation of historical information for the additional study and contemplation of the building and its art.



Wentworth Villa (1863), site of the Conference’s Paper Sessions on June 17.

The Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historian’s 2017 conference program has been completed!  The program and registration information are available here.  Note that in the program all the underlined references in blue are weblinks.  You can click them for further details.  To register online with Eventbrite click here.

This year’s conference will be in Victoria, BC.  Inspired by a variety of anniversary celebrations being held in Canada, the conference theme is “Commemorations.”  The conference will begin with a walking tour on Friday, June 16, and end with a boat tour on Sunday, June 18.  In between will be a reception, more touring, a banquet, and of course, paper presentations.  All is described in the conference program.

The key dates are as follows:

May 30, 2017 – Registration deadline without a late fee
June 10, 2017 – Deadline for off-site registration
June 16-18, 2017 – Conference in Victoria

Updates and further information can be found on the SAH MDR website at: