First Unitarian Church of Portland

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First Unitarian Church of Portland
Portland Historic Landmark[2]
First Unitarian Church of Portland - 1924 building and 2007-built Buchan Building.jpg
First Unitarian Church of Portland in 2011
First Unitarian Church of Portland is located in Portland, Oregon
First Unitarian Church of Portland
First Unitarian Church of Portland is located in Oregon
First Unitarian Church of Portland
First Unitarian Church of Portland is located in the US
First Unitarian Church of Portland
Location 1011 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, Oregon
Coordinates 45°31′07″N 122°41′08″W / 45.518499°N 122.685661°W / 45.518499; -122.685661Coordinates: 45°31′07″N 122°41′08″W / 45.518499°N 122.685661°W / 45.518499; -122.685661
Built 1924
Architect Jamieson K. Parker
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival[3]
NRHP Reference # 78002315[1]
Added to NRHP November 22, 1978

The First Unitarian Church of Portland is a church building located in downtown Portland, Oregon, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4] Located on S.W. 12th Avenue at Salmon Street, it was constructed and opened in 1924.[3]

History[edit]

Not listed on the NRHP is the building now serving as the First Unitarian Church's main sanctuary, built in 1921 as the First Church of the Nazarene.

In 1979, the Unitarian church purchased a slightly larger church located directly adjacent, the original First Church of the Nazarene of Portland,[5] which had been built in 1921.[6] The Nazarene church congregation was preparing for construction of a new, larger building in the Sylvan neighborhood, so decided to sell their original building.[5]

The former Nazarene building (at 1211 S.W. Main Street),[5] which adjoins the First Unitarian Church but with its entrance oriented to the corner of 12th and Main, has been regularly used for Sunday services by the Unitarian church since 1993 and is currently the church's primary sanctuary,[7] but the 1921 building is not listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The NRHP-listed 1924 building is still owned and used by the First Unitarian Church of Portland, and church members refer to it as the Eliot Chapel.[7] Eliot Chapel was designed by Jamieson K. Parker, while the former Nazarene building was designed by Raymond W. Hatch.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (July 2010), Historic Landmarks -- Portland, Oregon (XLS), retrieved November 5, 2013 .
  3. ^ a b "Unitarian Church to Be Dedicated Today". (November 16, 1924). The Oregonian, section 5, p. 8.
  4. ^ "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. October 19, 2009. p. 33. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Nazarenes sell church to neighbor: Unitarians next door". (August 8, 1979). The Oregonian, p. C9.
  6. ^ "New edifice dedicated: First Church of the Nazarene holds formal ceremonies". (August 8, 1921). The Morning Oregonian, p. 14, col 1. Quote: "The new church building of the First Church of the Nazarene, Twelfth and Main streets, was dedicated formally at ceremonies yesterday afternoon ..."
  7. ^ a b "Portland Unitarian History". First Unitarian Church of Portland. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ "First Church of the Nazarene". Oregon Historic Sites Database: Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 

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