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address:614 E Main St historic name:Schulmerich, Edward, House
Hillsboro, Washington County current/other names:
assoc addresses:
block/lot/tax lot:
location descr: twnshp/rng/sect/qtr sect:5S 2E 9
resource type:Building height (stories):1.5 total elig resources:2 total inelig resources:
elig evaluation: eligible/significant NR Status: Individually Listed
prim constr date:c.1915 second date: date indiv listed:02/28/1991
primary orig use: Single Dwelling orig use comments:
second orig use:
primary style: Bungalow (Type) prim style comments:
secondary style: sec style comments:
primary siding: Stucco siding comments:
secondary siding: Wood:Other/Undefined
plan type: architect:
builder:
comments/notes:
EC garage
Survey/Grouping Included In: Type of Grouping Date Listed Date Compiled
   Hillsboro Local Inventory Update 2008 Survey & Inventory Project 2008
NR date listed: 02/28/1991
ILS survey date:
RLS survey date: 07/01/2008
Special Assessment
Status Term End Yr
Expired 1st Term  2007
106 Project(s): None
Federal Tax Project(s): None
(Includes expanded description of the building/property, setting, significant landscape features, outbuildings and alterations)
Architectural Description: The Schulmerich house is a large, horizontally massed Craftsman Bungalow built in a style sometimes referred to as ‘airplane’ bungalow. This term is used because of the low massing, cockpit-like gable end, and projecting wing characteristic of this style. The roof plan is complex, featuring intersecting gables, two-tiered massing, and an expansive porch with a gabled entry. The Craftsman style is expressed in the massive klinker-brick porch foundation and piers, the combination of shingle and shiplap surface materials, double hung windows with multi-panes in the upper sash, and in its rectangular composition and horizontal massing. The gables are very low pitched, and the wide overhang eaves have exposed rafters that are decoratively milled. The gable ends feature purlins and kneebraces supporting a barge board and un-boxed eave. The fenestrations are in groups of threes, and in ranks on the second story. Leaded diamond windows light the main living space. All the elements of a craftsman bungalow are well executed in this example, making it the best example of Bungalow-style architecture in Hillsboro.
(Chronological, descriptive history of the property from its construction through at least the historic period - preferably to the present)
Historical Significance: Edward Schulmerich had this house built circa 1915. It replaced an earlier dwelling that was his prior residence. He bought this lot in 1901 for $850. Edward was born in 1863 to German parents. His father, Conrad Schulmerich, was a well known and influential man. He spent 18 years mining gold in California, and came to Oregon with several thousand dollars. Conrad purchased several farms, raised grain, and made creamery butter. In partnership with one of his sons he opened a large general store on the southwest corner of Second and Main. (See Resource No. 23) Edward worked as a teamster, and on the docks in Portland. When his father died in 1901 he moved to Hillsboro and took charge of his father’s farms. He also went to work with his brother in the mercantile business. The brothers sold out soon after to J.W. Connell. In 1912 Edward is listed as the president of the Hillsboro Commercial Bank, and the Hillsboro Livery Co. Inc. The Schulmerich family owned the Schulmerich Building at Main and Second. In 1926 Edward was still listed as the president of the Hillsboro Commercial Bank. Edward also organized a co-operative creamery which was located near Farmington. This may have been the first co-op creamery in Washington County. His wife was Ella May Schulmerich. They had two sons, Roy and Bruce. Edward died in 1937. His tombstone reads: A Fearless, Upright, Helpful Citizen – A Loyal Friend. The house was sold to Alfonse and Celina Maas in 1940. The house is significant due to its associations with Edward Schulmerich, a prominent Hillsboro citizen and banker.
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