Augustus Fanno Farmhouse

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Augustus Fanno Farmhouse
Fanno Farmhouse.jpg
Fanno Farmhouse
Location 8405 Southwest Creekside Place, Beaverton, Oregon
Nearest city Portland
Coordinates 45°27′31.89″N 122°47′35.42″W / 45.4588583°N 122.7931722°W / 45.4588583; -122.7931722Coordinates: 45°27′31.89″N 122°47′35.42″W / 45.4588583°N 122.7931722°W / 45.4588583; -122.7931722[2]
Area 0.87 acres (3,500 m2)[3]
Built 1859
Architect Augustus Fanno[4]
Architectural style Mid-19th century revival
NRHP Reference # 84003103[1]
Added to NRHP April 5, 1984[4]

The Augustus Fanno Farmhouse was the home of Augustus Fanno, one of the first European American settlers in what became Washington County in the U.S. state of Oregon. Born in Maine in 1804, Fanno lived in Missouri as a young adult and in 1846 moved to Oregon with his first wife, Martha, and son. After Martha died in childbirth in Linn City in the Willamette Valley, Fanno and his son settled a 640-acre (2.6 km2) donation land claim 12 miles (19 km) to the northwest on a small tributary of the Tualatin River. It was the first such claim to be filed in the county.[5]

In 1851, Fanno married Rebecca Denney, and the first of their six children was born later that year. In 1859, he designed and built a rural home in the modified New England revival style popular in Oregon at the time. The family pioneered the cultivation of onions in Oregon, and by the 1890s these became regionally recognized for their high quality. Fanno descendants produced onions on the farm until onion maggots drove them out of business in the 1940s. Members of the family occupied the farmhouse until 1974, and in March 1982 they donated the house and adjacent land to the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD).[5]

A historic image of the farmhouse

Fanno Farmhouse remains on its original site along Fanno Creek in the Portland, Oregon, suburb of Beaverton. Restored by THPRD, the house is on the National Register of Historic Places, was honored as a significant historical site by Tualatin Valley Heritage, has been named a Century Farm, and was nominated for the 1985 Griffin Cabin Award by the Washington County Historical Society.[6]


  1. ^ "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. October 19, 2009. Retrieved November 14, 2009. 
  2. ^ The location was found by geocoding 8405 SW Creekside Pl., Beaverton, OR 97008, and adjusting to the satellite image of the house using Google Earth.
  3. ^ "Parks and Trails: Find a Park". Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District. 2008. Archived from the original on May 7, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Oregon Historic Sites Database". State of Oregon. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Historic Facilities: Fanno Farmhouse". Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Fanno Farmhouse: History". Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. Archived from the original on May 5, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2008. 

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