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Whited Farmstead, Redmond

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Statistics

  • Built: c.1906
  • Architect: Unknown
  • Designation: National Register Eligible
  • Significance: Association with botanist Kirk Whited
  • Current Status: SAVED!

News and Updates

 

July 2014:

Owners pursuing NR designation

July 2012:

Property listed as local landmark

January 16, 2012:

Whited Farmstead considered for local landmark status

History

In 1907 Kirk Whited relocated from Washington State to Central Oregon and built a house and barn just west of Redmond two years later. The house was built as a masonry vernacular bungalow, and the barn was constructed of dry stack masonry with board-and-batten siding within a gambrel roof. Whited was an amateur botanist, lawyer and farmer whose plant specimens, field notes and other botanical work grace universities and museums across the country. Although Whited had practiced botany in Washington, it was Central Oregon that captivated him from 1907 until the 1930s.

According to the Endangered Places nomination, “The architectural and aesthetic effects of natural and man made materials with simple elements come together to produce a complexity of light, space and texture. The use of stone connects the house to its landscape, bringing it into harmony with the natural environment. It seems the perfect home for Whited, a man fascinated by nature and his life committed to it.”

The Whited Farmstead was recently included in the Urban Growth Boundary and is literally across the street from stucco homes and two car garages. Although the barn is in need of some structural repairs, it is most in need of protection from the zealous development that is heading its way. Would Kirk Whited, the botanist, want sod and English ivy covering the farmstead?

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