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Tillamook Bay Lifesaving Station, Tillamook

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Statistics

  • Built: 1908
  • Architect: Victor Mindeleff
  • Designation: National Register Eligible
  • Significance: Coast Guard, Government, Civil Service
  • The main structure and the boathouse stand vacant, boarded up and deteriorating. A veritable “jungle of bamboo and blackberry vines” are slowly overtaking the property. And the next severe winter storm might push it past the point of no return.

News and Updates

Fall 2014:

Previous owner passed away; new ownership to be determined.

June 5, 2013:

National Register nomination approved by State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation. Owner objecting to property being officially designated at this time.

February 2013:

Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places is approved by the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation.

December 22, 2011:

Restore Oregon awards $2500 grant for National Register nomination.

November 28 2011:

Restore Oregon continues to actively work with the property owner to designate and plan for the future of the Station.

October 2:

300+ people attend Life-Saving Station Open House

September 29, 2011:

Historic U.S. Life-Saving Service stations that help mark Coast Guard’s past in Oregon on display Sunday
Outlet: OregonLive.com

August 24, 2011:

Restore Oregon program brings community together to explore rehabilitation and reuse options for the Station.

August 15, 2011:

Meeting to discuss restoring Barview Lifesaving Station
Outlet: Headlight Herald

June 8, 2011:

Lifesaving station one of 10 most endangered buildings
Outlet: Headlight Herald

History

Established by a unanimous vote of Congress in 1878, the United States Life-Saving Service was the first Federal service devoted exclusively to humanitarian purposes. It provided aid to mariners in distress from Alaska to Massachusetts, with the motto “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.”

Construction of the Tillamook Bay Lifesaving Station was completed in 1908. The property was transferred to private ownership during World War II and is the only station that still exists in Oregon dating to the Life-Saving Service era (1871-1915). It is also the only Peterson Point style building remaining in the U.S.

In the late 1980s, the house was damaged by a leaking sewer main. A careening car and vandalism in the last decade has further damaged the property, especially the interior of the main house. However, the building is still eligible for the National Register so long as a plan is put in place soon.

Local, state, and national interest in this place has been keen. The nominator of the Life-Saving Station has identified a number of parties ready to help with its preservation and its owner wants to see it preserved.

We don’t know just how many lives were saved by the crews of the Life Saving Station, but now its our turn to give IT a new life – Because, well, it is only fair!

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