1312 Madison Street

ELISEE MERESSE HOUSE -- Statement of Significance: Elisee Meresse purchased this property in 1890 and built his house soon after. French-born Meresse arrived in Oregon around 1890. Near the turn of the century, he left to settle in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he taught French at Pacific University and operated a photography studio. His son, Edgar, eventually became the publisher of the McMinnville News Reporter (1911-1927). Meresse rented out the home in the teens before selling to Thomas C. and Ruth Barry in 1919. Mr. Barry was a back tender at the Crown Willamette Paper Company before becoming a partner in McAnulty and Barry. The couple lived at 1302 Madison and used this house as a rental throughout their ownership, which lasted until 1965. A long-term tenant, from at least 1947 to 1960, was Edward Logan, who was employed at the Pub. Paper Company. He lived in the house with his wife Elizabeth and their three children.

This vernacular style house has a strong sense of verticality emphasized by the cross-gable roof. It appears to sit on a concrete foundation, although skirting has been added. It is clad in channel rustic drop siding and also has corner boards. The water table is intact. Within the gable, vertical boards are used to imitate half-timbering. The windows are 1/1 wood double-hung. The two principal front windows have a wood cornice trim, while the rest have a wide board trim. An extension has been added to the front porch and a one-story addition has been added to the rear of the house.

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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