The Lindberg House
The Peter John Lindberg House in Port Orford is an outstanding example of Oregon vernacular Queen Anne architecture. It is unusual use of unpainted Port Orford Cedar gives it a distinctive and uniquely local character, and its connection to one of the town’s most important figures adds to its importance to the community. The home is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, but is currently threatened by deferred maintenance and significant structural issues.
News and Updates:
- Condition assessment completed by Summit Solutions Group funded by Restore Oregon seed grant
- Oregon Heritage awarded a $20,000 Preserving Oregon grant which will be matched by the owner of the Lindberg House to be used to correct structural issues and address other needed repairs
Restore Oregon staff visited local constituents of the Lindberg House
Listed as one of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places
The Peter (Pehr) John Lindberg house, located in the small coastal town of Port Orford, was built over a four-year period from 1892 to 1896. This home was designed and constructed in the Queen Anne style as the Lindberg family home.
The defining features of the house include an eight-sided tower with a bell-cast roof and deliberate use of unpainted wood shingles of various shapes. Extensive use of unpainted Port Orford Cedar allows the raw wood craftsmanship to become the focal point of the exterior, contributing to its significance as an example of vernacular Queen Anne architecture.The house survived several Port Orford disasters including a fire that destroyed the city hall and the 1962 Columbus Day Storm that leveled many buildings. It is one of the few remaining houses designed and built by Peter Lindberg.
Mr. Lindberg was significant to Port Orford after relocating to the village in 1882. He erected many of the principal buildings during a significant period of development Port Orford. Mr. Lindberg was not only a businessman and contractor, but an active community member, including service on the school board. The number of Lindberg-built structures— an important part of Port Orford’s history— is dwindling, making the Lindberg family house with all its decorative elements important to preserve.
Why it’s Endangered
The pier and post design of the foundation —typical of the time the house was built —has resulted in irregular sinking and settling of the structure, threatening its long-term viability. The roof and several windows are also in need of repair, and a long-term maintenance plan is necessary to ensure ongoing stability.
The house is currently occupied by a descendant of Mr. Lindberg, and the cost of ongoing maintenance and repairs has proven to be a major challenge. The City of Port Orford Historic Preservation Commission has stated its commitment to marshaling resources to ensure that the house does not fall into irreparable disrepair.