Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Arleta Branch Library listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2016 12:18 PM
Downloadable file: Arleta Branch Library Press Release
Downloadable file: Arleta Branch Library National Register nomination
Downloadable file: Arleta Branch Library
Constructed in 1918 using Carnegie Corporation grant funds, the brick Colonial Revival-style Arleta Branch Library, more recently known as the Wikman Building, was designed by well-known Portland architect Folger Johnson. The Arleta Branch Library is one of thirty-one Carnegie libraries built in Oregon, and one of seven built in the Portland area during the 1910s and early 1920s. Its Colonial Revival style is typical of this period of architecture in general, as well as reflective of Carnegie Corporation guidelines for library design. The Arleta Branch Library was the sixth Carnegie library to be constructed as part of the Library Association of Portland's (now Multnomah County's) branch library system and served its surrounding community through 1971 when city library services were centralized.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination at their October 2015 meeting. It is one of only three libraries in Portland that are individually listed in the National Register. The National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at (click on "National Register" at left of page).
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