Mildred Kanipe House

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Mildred Kanipe House, Oakland


  • Built: 1865
  • Builder: Unknown
  • Designation: Contributor to a National Register District

News and Updates

Fall 2016

Funded through Restore Oregon seed grant, a preservation plan was completed by a preservation consultant

Summer 2016

Restore Oregon staff visits the site and meets with Friends of Mildred Kanipe about their seed grant application

Summer 2015

Friends of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park continue to pursue a viable reuse model for the house; fundraising efforts are underway

May 21, 2015

Restore Oregon holds Preservation Pub in Oakland along with Friends of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park; community visioning session explores reuse options for Kanipe House

November 5, 2014

Listed as a Most Endangered Place by Restore Oregon


The house is a remarkably intact example of an early residential structure in this part of the state. While a kitchen was added to the house, the building never had a bathroom and electricity was barely used inside the house. The one and a half story structure appears to have been built in several stages, but retains a high degree of integrity from its period of construction. In 2006, the house and surrounding farmstead was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Why it’s Endangered

Currently the building is sitting empty in the day use area of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park. Due to the extremely poor condition of the inside of the building, it is locked and no one is permitted in the building without a park employee present. In April of 2006 a group including representatives from Friends of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park, the Historic Preservation program at University of Oregon, and a historic preservation consultant from Kramer & Company toured the building and documented the condition of the interior. They determined that the building was in need of stabilization and rehabilitation. Since that time, other buildings on the property have seen physical improvements but the Kanipe House awaits rehabilitation.

Near-term Goals

The building needs to be stabilized and, eventually, rehabilitated in order to prevent its collapse or burning to alleviate public safety risk. The long-term goal of the Friends of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park is to allow visitors to tour the house as per Mildred’s wishes at the time of donation. In the months ahead a preservation plan needs to be developed as a vehicle for attracting donations, grants, and public support for the rehabilitation of the house.

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