Louis and Elizabeth Woerner House

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Louis and Elizabeth Woerner House
Woerner House - Portland Oregon.jpg
The home in 2009
Louis and Elizabeth Woerner House is located in Oregon
Louis and Elizabeth Woerner House
Louis and Elizabeth Woerner House is located in the US
Louis and Elizabeth Woerner House
Location2815 NE Alameda St, Portland, Oregon
Coordinates45°33′01.6″N 122°38′15.8″W / 45.550444°N 122.637722°W / 45.550444; -122.637722Coordinates: 45°33′01.6″N 122°38′15.8″W / 45.550444°N 122.637722°W / 45.550444; -122.637722
AreaLess than one acre
Built1922 (1922)
ArchitectWilliam Gray Purcell
Architectural styleBungalow/Craftsman
NRHP reference #05000516[1]
Added to NRHPJune 1, 2005

The Louis and Elizabeth Woerner House is a historic house in Portland, Oregon, United States. It was designed by Prairie School architect William Gray Purcell in 1922 and completed in early 1923. Located in the Alameda neighborhood in Northeast Portland, the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 2005.[2]


The house was built for Louis and Elizabeth Woerner. Louis Woerner was vice president of the Western Cooperage Company at the time the house plans were commissioned. The two-and-one-half story house is in the Arts and Crafts style, also known as American Craftsman. It has an asymmetric plan, with several steeply pitched gables visible from each side. The Woerner family lived in the house until it was sold in 1951. It then passed through several owners, each preserving the original character of the house. No major renovations to its footprint have been made since it was constructed, the most significant changes were an interior remodel of the kitchen and updates to the bathrooms.[2]

The house is a locally significant example of Arts and Crafts architecture, but its primary historical significance derives from its noted Minneapolis architect, William Gray Purcell. Purcell was active in Oregon from 1919 until 1930, when an advanced case of tuberculosis forced him to seek a warmer, drier climate in California. During his stay in Oregon, he designed and marketed standardized plans for homes intended for families of modest means. The Woerner house is one of five upscale custom houses he designed in the Portland area in 1920-1924. The Woerner house is the most visible, due to its location atop a small rise on a large lot.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c Matthew Hayes (July 2004). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Louis and Elizabeth Woerner House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 12 Photos (September 10, 2004)