Shelton McMurphey Johnson House

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Shelton McMurphey Johnson House and Grounds
Shelton McMurphey Johnson House
Location 303 Willamette St., Eugene, Oregon
Coordinates 44°3′23″N 123°5′31.7″W / 44.05639°N 123.092139°W / 44.05639; -123.092139Coordinates: 44°3′23″N 123°5′31.7″W / 44.05639°N 123.092139°W / 44.05639; -123.092139
Built 1888
Architect Walter D. Pugh, Nels Roney & W. H. Abrams[2]
Architectural style Queen Anne
Governing body City of Eugene
NRHP Reference # 84003028[1]
Added to NRHP June 14, 1984

The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, or Castle on the Hill, in Eugene, Oregon, United States, is a Victorian-era residence that is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. It is named for the three families who called it home over the years. The house is now open for public tours and pre-arranged private events.


The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House is located at 303 Willamette Street in Eugene, Oregon at the south side of Skinner Butte.


The Queen Anne-styled house, built in 1888 for Dr. T. W. Shelton, was designed by Salem, Oregon architect Walter D. Pugh. It has undergone several modifications, including an enlargement in the 1910s for Dr. Robert McMurphey, and a remodel by Drs. Curtis and Eva Johnson in 1951 which restored its original turret. The house suffered two major fires, one during its initial construction, and a second one in 1950 during the Johnson remodel.

The house was deeded to Lane County by Eva Johnson in 1976. It is now owned by the City of Eugene and kept open to the public by Shelton McMurphey Johnson Associates, a nonprofit group.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Site Information: Shelton McMurphey House & Grounds". Oregon Historic Sites Database. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved February 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ "History". 

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