Guide to the Percy Dwight Bentley papers
1951-1962

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Creator: Bentley, Percy Dwight, 1885-1968
Title: Percy Dwight Bentley papers
Dates: 1951-1962 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4.25 linear feet (2 containers, 10 oversize folders)
Collection Number: Coll 145
Summary: 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.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

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.

Content Description

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.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

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If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Percy Dwight Bentley papers, Coll 145, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Mrs. J.A. Baxter in 1968.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Papers
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Biographical article, "Percy Dwight Bentley at La Crosse," from the Prairie School Review, v. ix no. 3 1972
1 2 Specifications: Babb, Mrs. R.A., store building, Eugene, Oregon 1956
1 3 Specifications, electrical: Woodard Hotels, Inc., Cottage Grove, Oregon 1959
1 3 Specifications, general: Woodard Hotels, Inc., Cottage Grove, Oregon 1959
1 3 Specifications, plumbing and heating: Woodard Hotels, Inc., Cottage Grove, Oregon 1959
1 4 Newspaper ads and clippings about the Village Green Motor Hotel (Woodard Hotels, Inc.), Cottage Grove, Oregon

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Drawings
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Booth, Robert P. Residence. Eugene, Oregon. One sheet undated
1 2 Booth-Kelly. Office building. Springfield, Oregon. Oversized, 15 sheets 1952-1953
1 3 DiPaolo, Peter. Residence. Santa Clara, Oregon. 2 sheets May 1962
1 4 Elizabeth C. Page Grade School. Springfield, Oregon. Oversized, 19 sheets July 1955
1 4 Harold R. Jones, Inc. Office building. Eugene, Oregon. Oversized, 1 sheet October 1958
1 5 J.C. Penney. Office building. Eugene, Oregon. Oversized, 41 sheets October 1956
1 6 St. Andrew's Episcopal Mission. Springfield, Oregon. Oversized, 3 sheets May 1951
1 7 St. John's Episcopal Church. Springfield, Oregon. Oversized, 10 sheets 1958
1 8 St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Eugene, Oregon. Oversized, 3 sheets September 1954
1 9 Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Eugene, Oregon. Oversized, 6 sheets September 1958
1 10 Woodard Hotels, Inc. Service station. Cottage Grove, Oregon. 9 sheets September 1960

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Photographs (PH272), 1950-1961
1.25 linear feet
Bently, Percy Dwight, 1885-1968
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 PH272_01: [Interior view of flying staircase, carpet and wall treatment at Village Green resort.]
1.0 photographic print
8 x 10 inches
Chris' Studio of Roseburg, OR
1959
PH272_02: [Exterior view of Ford dealership building.]
1.0 photographic print
8 x 10 inches
Kennell-Ellis of Eugene, Oregon
1950s-1961
PH272_03: [Exterior view of J.C. Penney building before addition.]
1.0 photographic print
11 x 14 inches
Fehly of Oregon
1956
PH272_04: [Exterior view of J.C. Penney building during construction of two-story addition.]
1.0 photographic print
11 x 14 inches
Fehly of Oregon
1956
PH272_05: [Exterior view of church.]
1.0 photographic print
9.5 x 12 inches
1950s-1961
PH272_06: [Exterior view of Davidson's bakery, including facade.]
1.0 photographic print
9.5 x 12 inches
1950s-1961
PH272_07: [Exterior view of Davidson's bakery, rear portion.]
1.0 photographic print
9.5 x 12 inches
1950s-1961
PH272_08: [Exterior view of C.P. Tillman Co., wholesaler of heating, plumbing and electrical supplies. Trolley tracks in foreground.]
1.0 photographic print
9.5 x 12 inches
1950s-1961
PH272_09: [Exterior view of Booth Kelly Lumber Co. general office.]
1.0 photographic print
11 x 14 inches
Northwest Photographic Illustrators of Eugene, OR
1952-1953
PH272_09: [Exterior view of Wyatt's US Royal tire shop.]
1.0 photographic print
11 x 14 inches
Northwest Photographic Illustrators of Eugene, OR
1950s-1961

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Subjects

  • Subject Terms :
  • Architects--Oregon
  • Architecture--Oregon--Designs and plans
  • Buildings--Oregon--Lane County
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Architectural drawings
    • Photographs

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