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address:6012 SE Yamhill St historic name:Portland Sanitarium Nurses' Quarters
Portland, Multnomah County current/other names:Apartment
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location descr: twnshp/rng/sect/qtr sect:1S 2E 6
resource type:Building height (stories):2.0 total elig resources:1 total inelig resources:0
elig evaluation: eligible/significant NR Status: Individually Listed
prim constr date:1928 second date:1946 date indiv listed:07/03/2017
primary orig use: Institutional Housing orig use comments:
second orig use:
primary style: Late 19th/20th Period Revivals: Other prim style comments:
secondary style: Classical Revival: other sec style comments:Modern Movement/Moderne
primary siding: Brick:Other/Undefined siding comments:
secondary siding: Cast Stone
plan type: architect:Claussen & Claussen
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Not associated with any surveys or groupings.
NR date listed: 07/03/2017
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Status Term End Yr
Active 1st Term  2027
106 Project(s): None
Federal Tax Project(s): None
(Includes expanded description of the building/property, setting, significant landscape features, outbuildings and alterations)
The Portland Sanitarium Nurses’ Quarters is located at 6012 SE Yamhill Street in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. The building is in the Mount Tabor neighborhood a block south from the intersection of SE Belmont Street and SE 60th Avenue. The building is located on the western slope of Mt. Tabor, approximately four miles east of downtown Portland in a predominantly residential district. The building is on a .595 acre, or 25,926 square foot, irregularly shaped lot that rises approximately 25 feet from SE 60th Avenue at the west towards Mt. Tabor at the east. The site has been regraded, and there are no character-defining landscape features. The approximately 11,275 square foot building comprises two parts, the first built in 1928, the second in 1946, and together they form a single ‘L’ shaped building. The 1928 building was completed in a neo-classical style and the 1946 addition in an International style. The building is currently used for student accommodations, including some larger units for families and a few offices.
(Chronological, descriptive history of the property from its construction through at least the historic period - preferably to the present)
The Nurses’ Quarters served the Portland Sanitarium, a hospital operated by the Seventh Day Adventists. The quarters served the student nurses and full-time nurses of the Portland Sanitarium. The building is emblematic of the changing position of nursing as an educational field and profession. During the early- and mid-twentieth century the health care industry was evolving. As the methods of treatment changed, so too did the means of educating medical professionals. At this time nursing education shifted from an apprenticeship-like training regime with long hours of hands-on hospital work to a pre-professional curriculum paired with shifts at the hospital. Improvements and changing features of Nurses’ Quarters were parallel to the changes in nursing education and professional nursing, creating less of a room-and-board arrangement and more of a round-the-clock studying and on-call hospital work setting. The Portland Sanitarium Nurses’ Quarters is locally significant and eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A for its association with Health/Medicine. This building was designated a historic landmark by the City of Portland on September 25, 2016.
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