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Percy Dwight Bentley papers, 1951-1962

Overview of the Collection

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
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

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

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

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 DescriptionReturn to Top

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 CollectionReturn to Top

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

DrawingsReturn to Top

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

Photographs (PH272), 1950-1961Return to Top

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