Projects Nominations to National, State and Local Historic Registers
Listing a building, neighborhood, or other resource on a local, state or the National Register can instill pride, stabilize neighborhoods, and increase local land values. Listing may also make a building or buildings in a district eligible for state or federal tax benefit programs and/or grants. Once a resource is listed, standards and guidelines are often established to ensure that the historic character of the building or district is protected, although listing on the National Register is typically honorific and does not bring additional regulation into play. In addition to the projects listed below, Diana Painter has five years of professional experience as the National Register Coordinator for the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, where she successfully listed over 100 individual buildings, structures, districts, and sites in the National Register.
Nettleton's Addition National Register of Historic Places nomination Spokane, Washington
At close to 1,000 houses and 600 accessory structures, Nettleton's Addition in Spokane's West Central neighborhood is the largest National Register district in the state of Washington. The district features many of the most popular pattern book homes of the early twentieth century, and still contains streetcar tracks from the era. The 1887 subdivision was platted by developer Mid-west developer William Nettleton; he and his extended family lived there for the rest of their lives. Listing the neighborhood in 2005, as well as re-zoning it, spurred revitalization of the neighborhood that continues to this day. Read More
Berkley Square National Register of Historic Places nomination Las Vegas, Nevada
The Berkley Square Historic District was designed by renowned Los Angeles architect Paul R. Williams, the first African American architect to be recognized by the American Institute of Architects, and financed in part by Thomas L. Berkley, an Oakland, California media owner and civil rights activist. Located in Las Vegas' historically African American Westside, it was the first minority-built subdivision in Nevada. The post-war subdivision is featured in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture and was featured on the National Park Service's website during African American History Month in 2011. Read More
Washington Cracker Co. Spokane Register Nomination Spokane, Washington
The 1904 Washington Cracker Co. was built in two stages by Portland entrepreneur Herman Wittenberg for his rapidly expanding biscuit and candy-making business. With multiple manufacturing plants, Wittenberg would go on to control the biscuit-making business on the west coast until 1930, when he was bought out by the National Biscuit Company (NABISCO). Painted signs advertising the company's products can still be seen today on the back of the building, adjacent to the railroad track.
Ellis-Martin House National Register of Historic Places Nomination Petaluma, California
The 1908 Ellis-Martin house is named after retired farmer and Nova Scotia immigrant John D. Ellis, who hired the premier architect of the day, Brainerd Jones to design the small, semi-rural complex. It is also named after long-time owner, Leopold Martin, a retired West Marin rancher and an Italian immigrant. Martin and his descendants lived in the beautifully crafted home for nearly 80 years. The remaining house and tank house is the best and most intact example of Jones' work in the Craftsman style.
Sonoma Valley Woman's Club National Register of Historic Places nomination Sonoma, California
The 1916 Sonoma Valley Woman's Club was designed for this organization by the premier architect of the day, Brainerd Jones, and has been continuously occupied by the women since that time. While less than one block from the Sonoma Plaza National Historic Landmark District, it is in a residential neighborhood and so was designed in one of the most popular residential styles of the day, the Craftsman bungalow. The location of the club is entirely fitting, as one of the first missions of the progressive-era group, established in 1901, was to save the historic Sonoma Plaza. Read More
Julius M. Dutton House Spokane Register Nomination Spokane, Washington
The 1906 Julius M. Dutton house in Spokane's West Central neighborhood is a good example of an American Foursquare house which nonetheless has some special and unique Colonial Revival details. This house, designed by architect Isaac J. Galbraith, exemplifies the houses being built in this early suburb of Spokane, accessed by electric streetcars, and home to Spokane's growing middle class. The house is located in the Sherwood subdivision, platted in 1889, the same year as the fire that devastated downtown Spokane.