Shipley-Cook Barn




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Shipley-Cook Barn, Lake Oswego


  • Built: 1862
  • Address: 18451 SW Stafford Rd., Lake Oswego
  • Architect: Adam Shipley
  • Designation: National Register of Historic Places
  • Status: SAVED! Stabilization and rehabilitation was completed in Fall of 2015 by Arciform.

News and Updates

Fall 2015

Restore Oregon’s annual Heritage Barn Workshop will be held at the Shipley-Cook Barn on September 26, 2015, showcasing in-progress rehabilitation work on the barn, as well as guest speakers, a tour of restored barns in the area, hands-on training, and sessions on barn construction and rehabilitation. Barn owners, historic preservationists, and the general public are invited, with no previous knowledge needed to have a good time. Snacks, beverages, and lunch are included in the registration fee.

Summer 2015

Through direct assistance from Restore Oregon, over $35,000 in grant funding has been secured, allowing stabilization and rehabilitation work to begin in Fall 2015

November 5, 2015

Shipley-Cook Barn Listed as a Most Endangered Place by Restore Oregon

May 11, 2008

A teacher works on restoring the historic Shipley-Cook Farmstead in Stafford


The Shipley-Cook property was settled by Adam Shipley in 1862, at which time a house and barn were constructed. J.P. and Suzie Cook purchased the farm in 1900 and, 115 years later, the property—albeit much smaller than the original Donation Land Claim—remains in the Cook family. The farm is a Clackamas County Landmark, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and has been designated a State Century Farm and Oregon Heritage Tree Grove. The property is adjacent to the Urban Growth Boundary.

The barn is a particularly rare example of Oregon pioneer era building craft. It was built with hand-hewn timbers with mortise and tenon joints and is one of the oldest structures of this type in Clackamas County. According to a 2013 regional survey of pioneer houses and farmsteads, the barn is one of approximately 23 pre-1865 barns that still stand in the Willamette Valley.

Why it’s Endangered

While the house was rehabilitated in the 1990s, the barn is in great need of stabilization and rehabilitation. Significant sections of the foundation and large support beams are in need of repair and replacement. The structure needs to be weatherized, with portions of the siding in need of in-kind replacement. The hayloft floor is buckling in some areas and a sensitive approach to its repair needed. The large hay door on the east side needs to be raised and secured. And, as is the case with many urban-adjacent properties, a plan to protect the property against eventual urban expansion is needed to secure its long-term future.

Near-term Goals

A condition assessment and preservation plan must be developed for the Shipley-Cook Barn to ensure physical work is sensitive to the integrity of the building. Once a plan is conducted, a review of financial incentives will be necessary to determine how best to phase the needed repairs. Once critical deficiencies are remedied, a long-term strategy for use, protection from urbanization, and continual upgrades will be needed.

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