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address: historic name:Oregon Iron Company Furnace Chimney
Lake Oswego, Clackamas County current/other names:Oswego Iron Furnace
assoc addresses:
block/lot/tax lot:
location descr:George Rogers Park twnshp/rng/sect/qtr sect:2S 1E 11
resource type:Structure height (stories):1.0 total elig resources:1 total inelig resources:
elig evaluation: eligible/significant NR Status: Individually Listed
prim constr date:1865 second date:1866 date indiv listed:02/12/1974
primary orig use: Manufacturing Facility orig use comments:
second orig use:
primary style: Utilitarian prim style comments:
secondary style: sec style comments:
primary siding: Volcanic Stone siding comments:
secondary siding: Brick:Other/Undefined
plan type: architect:
builder:Mason, Richard
comments/notes:
Context on file: "Recommendations for Restoring the Oswego Furnance" by the Historic Furnance Restoration Task Force National Register nominaiton and survey file may contain errors.
Not associated with any surveys or groupings.
NR date listed: 02/12/1974
ILS survey date:
RLS survey date:
106 Project(s): None
Special Assess Project(s): None
Federal Tax Project(s): None
(Includes expanded description of the building/property, setting, significant landscape features, outbuildings and alterations)
Discrepancies noted by Susanna C. Kuo, Ph.D. of the Lake Oswego Preservation Society in current documentation: Hight of chimney is 42 feet, not 44; furnace is located next to Green Street, not Henry Gans Street; and the structure was constructed in 1866 not 1865.
(Chronological, descriptive history of the property from its construction through at least the historic period - preferably to the present)
Discrepancies noted by Susanna C. Kuo, Ph.D. of the Lake Oswego Preservation Society in current documentation: Furnace did not produce first pig iron west of the Rocky Mountains; however, it did produce the first pig iron on the Pacific Coast; furnace was built by George D. Wilbur of Sharon, CT., not Richard Mason. (No one named Richard Mason appears in iron company payrolls or any other company records; historic name should be "Oswego Iron Furnace " NOT "Furnace Chimney" or "Smelter Chimney." (A blast furnace is not a chimney. I believe this confusion is due to the fact that stone furnaces are often called "stacks.")
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