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Restore Oregon Places the Port Orford Lindberg House on the List of Historical Places to be Restored

November 16, 2015

Historic Significance

The Peter (Pehr) John Lindberg house, located in the small coastal town of Port Orford, was built over a four-year period from 1892 to 1896. This home was designed and constructed in the Queen Anne style as the Lindberg family home.

The defining features of the house include an eight-sided tower with a bell-cast roof and deliberate use of unpainted wood shingles of various shapes. Extensive use of unpainted Port Orford Cedar allows the raw wood craftsmanship to become the focal point of the exterior, contributing to its significance as an example of vernacular Queen Anne architecture.

The house survived several Port Orford disasters including a fire that destroyed the city hall and the 1962 Columbus Day Storm that leveled many buildings. It is one of the few remaining houses designed and built by Peter Lindberg.

Mr. Lindberg was significant to Port Orford after relocating to the village in 1882. He erected many of the principal buildings during a significant period of development Port Orford. Mr. Lindberg was not only a businessman and contractor, but an active community member, including service on the school board. The number of Lindberg-built structures— an important part of Port Orford’s history— is dwindling, making the Lindberg family house with all its decorative elements important to preserve.

Why it’s Endangered

The pier and post design of the foundation —typical of the time the house was built —has resulted in irregular sinking and settling of the structure, threatening its long-term viability. The roof and several windows are also in need of repair, and a long-term maintenance plan is necessary to ensure ongoing stability.

The house is currently occupied by a descendant of Mr. Lindberg, and the cost of ongoing maintenance and repairs has proven to be a major challenge. The City of Port Orford Historic Preservation Commission has stated its commitment to marshaling resources to ensure that the house does not fall into irreparable disrepair.

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