719 9th Street - Jean White House

This 1-1/2 story vernacular residence has an L-shaped plan that rests on a concrete foundation. Its cross gable roof is covered with composition shingles and is pierced by an interior chimney. The residence features lap siding and both wood 1/1 double-hung and fixed pane windows. The recessed, half-width porch features capped columns and pilasters on a closed rail and an entablature. Additional decorative features include the eave returns; the shed dormer window; and the rake board and moldings. Alterations include the roof extension over the front entry; the front porch columns and rail; a new front door; the picture and dormer windows; eave returns; and the loss of window trim.

 

Statement of Significance: Jean White was the daughter of Frederick F. White and Jane E. White. F.F. White was a carpenter and architect who, with his brother William, and later, Ernest Rands, designed and built many Oregon City houses, some commercial structures and some industrial structures in Oregon City and Portland. F.F. White was born in Wisconsin, and his wife in Illinois. Jean was born in Oregon in 1878 and worked as a milliner in 1900. The family lived around the corner from this house, at 716 10th Street, in the 1890s. By 1916, F. F. White and Jean, his daughter, were living in this house - mother Jane may have died by then. By 1919 the house was serving as a rental unit. In late 1919 the house was sold to Albert Buol. Buol likely used the house as a rental, as he lived at 819 10th Street for a number of years. Buol's widow, Mary, sold the house to Frank Fuge in 1939, who by 1941 had rented the house to Robert Kaufman. Kaufman eventually bought the house in 1943, living there with his wife Sopha. Kaufman was a butcher and remained in the house until selling it in 1963. For the remainder of the 1960s, the house was again used as a rental.