The Historic Preservation League of Oregon announced its first annual list of Oregon?s 10 "Most Endangered Places " at a benefit luncheon in Portland Monday, and the inaugural list includes two Redmond-area locations:: the Petersen Rock Garden and the Kirk Whited Farmstead.
The league said each place represents an important historic resource in imminent danger of being lost to hard times, development pressures, demolition, or neglect.
Included were two Redmond-area properties: the Petersen Rock Garden, a popular mid-century roadside attraction; and the Kirk Whited Farmstead, the circa1909 home of the famed botanist.
Properties on Oregon?s Most Endangered Places list were selected from citizen nominations from around the state, and will receive assistance from the HPLO to address immediate threats and develop strategies for long term viability. The other listed properties include a cross-section of the built environment: residential and commercial, urban and rural.
Helping to announce Oregon?s Most Endangered Places was bestselling historical fiction author writer, Steve Berry, who spoke on the value of historic preservation.
The complete list of endangered places includes:
Baker City Middle School, Baker City
Josiah Burnett House, Eagle Creek
Civic Stadium, Eugene
Dr. Pierce?s Barn, Cottage Grove
Egyptian Theater, Coos Bay
Ermatinger House, Oregon City
Tillamook Bay Lifesaving Station, Rockaway Beach
Petersen Rock Garden, Redmond
Watson-Price Barn, Philomath
Kirk Whited Farmstead, Redmond
?The core mission of the HPLO is to revitalize and pass forward the places that make Oregon, Oregon,? said Executive Director Peggy Moretti. ?Place matters. And the properties listed on our Most Endangered Places list represent cultural and economic assets we don?t want to lose. We expect our efforts will benefit these unique places and the communities that surround them.?
A profile of each endangered place will be featured on the HPLO website, where readers can track what happens to them over the year. Visit www.HistoricPreservationLeague.org .
More information on the Petersen Rock Garden
Built: 1930s and 1940s
Designation: Local landmark
Architect: Rasmus Petersen
Significance: Roadside architecture, geology
Current Status: The Garden has suffered from years of vandalism and deterioration due to climate and deferred maintenance.
In 1906 Rasmus Petersen moved to Redmond (four years before the city?s official incorporation) to begin an agricultural operation. An avid rock collector and notable within the geology community, Petersen amassed a significant collection of local rocks. By the mid-1930s, a sizable rock garden began to appear on his property.