Guide to the John Storrs Architectural Drawings

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Storrs, John, 1920-
Title: John Storrs architectural drawings
Dates: 1953-1977 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet (54 folders)
Collection Number: Coll 108
Summary: John Storrs (1920- ) was a Portland, Oregon area architect. The collection contains architectural drawings.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068

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

Architect John Storrs was born in 1920, and graduated from Dartmouth in 1942 and from Yale in 1950. He lived in Fairfield, Connecticut before moving to the Portland area, where he practiced since 1954. His projects represent a broad spectrum of architecture, and his innovative designs and planning approach have been a significant contribution to the Northwest Regional Style. Storrs specialized in wooden buildings, calling wood "an understandable, romantic material."

Content Description

The collection provides a representative sample of the architect's work in the Pacific Northwest. Included are final working drawings of residential and commercial buildings in Oregon and Washington as well as some preliminary drawings and revisions noted on blueprints. Of special note are drawings for the famous Salishan Lodge on the Oregon coast and the Portland Garden Club. Folders are arranged chronologically by the date of project.

Storrs designs not included are: western Forestry Center, Portland; U.S. Bank Building, Beaverton; Lakeridge High School, Oswego; St. Mary's Church, Corvallis; the Sokol-Blosser Winery, Dundee; Central Catholic High School, Portland; Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Beaverton; and Allergy Associates Clinic, Portland.

(Note: = indicates oversize folder)

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.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

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], John Storrs Architectural Drawings, Coll 108, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Randy McGeough, Manuscripts Processor, August 1987.

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

1 Portland Garden club and Library Addition. Portland, Oregon
28.0 sheets
June 1953
2 Gittlesohn House and addition. Raleigh Heights, Oregon
26.0 sheets
May 1954
3 Herschberger Residence. Beaverton, Oregon
1.0 sheet
July 1954
4 F.O. Wright Residence. Portland, Oregon
11.0 sheets
July 1955
5 Lezak Residence. Portland, Oregon
13.0 sheets
February 1956
6 Wilson Residence. Portland, Oregon
5.0 sheets
February 1956
7 Mertzger Methodist Church. Metzger, Oregon
30.0 sheets
July 1958
8 James Grieve Residence. Portland, Oregon
18.0 sheets
February 1959
9 Ohlson Residence. Oswego, Oregon
16.0 sheets
October 1959
10 Johnson Residence. Oswego, Oregon
18.0 sheets
December 1959
11 C.H. Lane Residence project. Neakahie, Oregon
4.0 sheets
April 1960
12 Totem Pole Marina. Portland, Oregon
11.0 sheets
April 1960
13 Georgia Pacific Idea House. Portland, Oregon
22.0 sheets
October 1960
14 Omark Sketches. [location unknown]
16.0 sheets
April 1961
15 Hering Residence. Portland, Oregon
15.0 sheets
June 1961
16 Vetterlien Residence. Portland, Oregon
6.0 sheets
July 1961
17 Holden Residence. Cedar Hills, Oregon
9.0 sheets
August 1961
18 Marv Tonken Ford. Portland, Oregon
21.0 sheets
August 1962
19 Portland Insurance Agents Office Building. Portland, Oregon
37.0 sheets
August 1962
20 Charlton Residence. Portland, Oregon
1.0 sheet
October 1962
21 Our Lady of Lourdes Rectory. Vancouver, Washington
45.0 sheets
January 1963
22 Carpenter residence. Camas, Washington
23.0 sheets
August 1963
23 Westway Chrysler. Beaverton, Oregon
17.0 sheets
November 1963
24 Salishan--original units. Gleneden, Oregon
46.0 sheets
October 1964
*25 Salishan--Lodge Landscaping and Plans. Gleneden, Oregon
4.0 sheets
December 1964
26 Salishan--Lodge and Unit Details. Gleneden, Oregon
41.0 sheets
*27 Salishan--Main Lodge Plans. Gleneden, Oregon
23.0 sheets
March 1965
28 Avath Achim Synagogue. Portland, Oregon
33.0 sheets
June 1965
29 Knight Memorial Congregational Church. Salem, Oregon
47.0 sheets
August 1965
30 Salishan--Original Conference and Pool. Gleneden, Oregon
30.0 sheets
January 1966
31 Albina Art Center. Portland, Oregon
11.0 sheets
March 1966
32 Catlin Gable School Library. Portland, Oregon
21.0 sheets
January 1967
33 Chieftan Units--24 Unit addition at North End. Gleneden, Oregon
38.0 sheets
January 1967
34 Burgman Residence. Milwaukie, Oregon
9.0 sheets
June 1967
35 Tonkin Automobile Showroom. Portland, Oregon
8.0 sheets
August 1967
36 "The East End" Office Building. Portland, Oregon
90.0 sheets
September 1967
37 Our Lady of Lourdes Convent. Vancouver, Washington
22.0 sheets
October 1967
38 O'Halloran Residence. Portland, Oregon
12.0 sheets
November 1967
39 St. Thomas CCD Center. Camas, Washington
35.0 sheets
December 1967
40 Chamberlain Residence. [Tigard, OR]
6.0 sheets
February 1968
41 Catlin Gable School--Plot Plan and Utilities. Portland, Oregon
26.0 sheets
November 1968
42 Catlin Gable School Lower School. Portland, Oregon
39.0 sheets
January 1969
*43 Catlin Gable School Science Center. Portland, Oregon
26.0 sheets
March 1969
44 Catlin Gable School Gym and Preschool The Beehive. Portland, Oregon
23.0 sheets
April 1969
45 Catlin Gable School Middle School. Portland, Oregon
31.0 sheets
August 1969
46 Tualatin Valley Guidance Center. Cedar Mills, Oregon
17.0 sheets
August 1969
47 Portal Oaks Office Building. Portland, Oregon
20.0 sheets
September 1969
48 Salishan Dining Room Addition--The Cedar Tree. Gleneden, Oregon
38.0 sheets
November 1969
49 St. Marys CCD Center. Kelso, Washington
46.0 sheets
June 1970
50 Hallin residence. Portland, Oregon
14.0 sheets
April 1976
51 Salishan Conference Center--The Long House. Gleneden, Oregon
33.0 sheets
February 1977
52 West hills Montessori School Addition. Portland, Oregon
15.0 sheets
March 1977
53 Ochoco Lumber Company. Prineville, Oregon
5.0 sheets
54 St. Mary's Church Rectory. Seaview, Washington
21.0 sheets


  • Personal Names :
  • Storrs, John, 1920-
  • Subject Terms :
  • Architects--Oregon
  • Architecture--Oregon--20th century--Designs and plans
  • Architecture--Washington (State)--20th century--Designs and plans
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Architectural drawings

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