4.25 linear feet (2 containers, 10 oversize folders)
Percy Dwight Bentley (1885-1968) was an architect from the Midwest who practiced in Lane County, Oregon from 1939-1961. His early work shows the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. The collection documents his work from 1951-1962 and includes churches, residences, and commercial structures.
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Percy Dwight Bentley was born January 30, 1885 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He attended school in La Crosse before entering Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was a non-graduating member of the class of 1907. Later, he enrolled on two different occasions at the Armour Institute (now Illinois Institute of Technology) but never completed a year there. Bentley maintained an architectural office in La Crosse from 1910 until 1921, when he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1936 he moved from the Midwest to Hood River, Oregon. Bentley settled finally in Eugene in 1939 where he practiced until 1961.
The strong influence of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan is evident in Bentley's early, primarily residential, work. Of his later work he was most proud of the Village Green Motor Hotel in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Bentley died February 2, 1968.
The Percy Dwight Bentley Papers document only the last ten years of his career. Projects include several churches, office buildings and other minor works. Also included are design proposals used as working drawings. Photographs consist of projects, specifications, and articles and advertisements about Bentley and his work.
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Preferred Citation :
[Identification of item], Percy Dwight Bentley papers, Coll 145, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
Acquisition Information :
Gift of Mrs. J.A. Baxter in 1968.
Processing Note :
Collection processed by staff.
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Detailed Description of the Collection
Biographical article, "Percy Dwight Bentley at La Crosse," from the
Prairie School Review, v. ix no. 3
Specifications: Babb, Mrs. R.A., store building, Eugene, Oregon
Specifications, electrical: Woodard Hotels, Inc., Cottage Grove, Oregon
Specifications, general: Woodard Hotels, Inc., Cottage Grove, Oregon
Specifications, plumbing and heating: Woodard Hotels, Inc., Cottage Grove, Oregon
Newspaper ads and clippings about the Village Green Motor Hotel (Woodard Hotels, Inc.), Cottage Grove, Oregon