715 Jefferson Street

ROSWELL L. HOLMAN HOUSE -- Statement of Significance: Roswell L. Holman, son of Oregon pioneer (1843) Daniel Holman, was born in McMinnville and moved to Oregon City in 1890. He was mayor of Oregon City for two terms and county coroner for 14 years. Mr. Holman was the founder of Holman-Hankins Funeral Home. He also had a furniture business. Mr. Holman obtained the property from C. Shuebel, trustee for T.L. Charman, in 1922. He resided there until his death, where upon his wife Lucinda was the owner and resident on record as recent as 1964. From 1965-1968 the house was occupied by Ray and Joanne Eldridge. Ray was a social worker for Clackamas County. The house remained in the ownership of the Holman family through the mid-1980s.

This 1-1/2 story English Cottage style house has a pebble stucco exterior surface unique to the neighborhood. The square plan serves as a single-family residence. It sits on a parged concrete foundation with a molded wood strip (water table) serving as the base for the stucco. The main gable roofs and bell-cast shed extension are covered with composition shingling and have boxed eaves and returns. On the north side is a tall tapered, stucco chimney. The front elevation has leaded casement windows, while vinyl replacements have been installed on the back and side elevations. The arched gable window sash is missing. The front porch consists of an elevated concrete slab without covering and an arched doorway.

This property is a locally designated historic site located within the McLoughlin Conservation District. Contact ocplanning@orcity.org for more information.

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