720-722 Jefferson Street

ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH -- Statement of Significance: Architect Ernst Kroner designed the 1928 Zion Lutheran Church. Kroner came to the United States in 1882 after receiving training at Stuttgart. He designed many churches and schools in the Portland, Seaside, Gresham and Astoria areas. Kroner was also active in politics and served as president of the LaFollette for President campaign.

This parged, reinforced concrete church has a front gabled parapet roof and a corner tower. The gable has a rake board and rake molding and cornice molding. The tower is square with decorative buttressing and a four-sided chamfered conical roof. The roof has pointed arch vents on all four sides. Situated on the northwest corner of the block, there are entrances on both corners of the tower. Concrete steps with metal railings rise to the modern doors with pointed arch stained-glass transoms. The west elevation has a small round window in the gable and a five-sided bay with hipped roof. The north elevation has decorative buttressing between each of four-pointed arch stained-glass windows. The northeast corner of the building has another parapet gable on a square projection with a side entrance. A small narrow window cuts through the gable. There is a brick chimney at the meeting of the square projection and the main volume. A built-in water table circles the building. Attached to the back of the church is a causeway running to the south where there is a modern flat roofed office-type building with metal windows.

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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