Houghtaling & Dougan

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Houghtaling & Dougan was an American architectural firm based in Oregon.[1] It was a partnership of Chester A. Houghtaling (October 27, 1882 – March 31, 1940) and Luther Lee Dougan (July 28, 1883 – October 9, 1983).[2] A number of their works are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).


The partnership existed from 1914 to 1925 "and by 1921 had become a well patronized and respected firm as a result of their excellent work and reliable dealings." Chester Houghtaling was born in Cleveland, Ohio and studied at the Lewis Institute of Chicago. Among his experiences, he worked for three years for Cutter and Malmgren in Spokane, Washington, and opened his own office in 1913 in Portland, Oregon.[3]

Dougan studied architecture at the Armour Institute of Technology in Chicago, but withdrew before completing a degree. He arrived in Portland in 1911. He designed a number of buildings after his partnership with Houghtaling.[3] "Dougan gained a reputation for his authoritative scholarship, which enabled him to draw upon the classical styles for usage in large design and ornamentation which is evident in the Old Elks Temple."[3] He was "well into his 80s" when he retired.[2]

Works on NRHP[edit]

Houghtaling & Dougan

Other works by Dougan[edit]


  1. ^ "Houghtaling and Dougan Architectural Papers circa 1914-1929". Northwest Digital Archives. Oregon Historical Society. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Architect Dougan dies" (October 12, 1983). The Oregonian, p. D14.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g John M. Tess and Bill Hefner (1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Elks Temple (Old) / Elks Temple". National Park Service.  and accompanying photos
  4. ^ "School Plans Held Up" (September 13, 1923). The Morning Oregonian, p. 2.