911 Madison Street

JOHN JR. AND ALTA ROAKE HOUSE -- Statement of Significance: John Albert Roake and his wife Nora purchase this property in 1908 and constructed their residence at 903 Madison. This house was constructed for their son John Albert Jr. and his wife Alta, in c.1921. The two gentlemen were in business together with the Oregon City Foundry, which was destroyed in a fire in the early 1950s. Roake Jr. later worked as a salesman for Thomas Real Estate, was a city commissioner in the early fifties, and was mayor of Oregon City for three terms. He was active in a number of fraternal organizations and sang in the Atkinson Memorial Church for 46 years. He and his wife continued to own and occupy this house throughout the 1970s.

This is a bungalow with some classical detailing, most notably the Tuscan hollow-stave columns on the front porch. The main roof is a jerkinhead with eave returns on the gables. An external chimney protrudes from the north side. Most of the windows are 6/1 double-hung, though there is a lot of variety including some original fixed and some small casement windows. The concrete porch deck appears to have been added at a later date, though is still quite old. Sidelights detail the front door. The foundation is board formed poured concrete. There are wood frame removable storm windows on the house as well. The garage out back is also rather old and has a bell-cast hip roof.

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

Historic Inventory Form 

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