First Unitarian Church Exhibit: Architecture of Jamieson Parker Photographs, 1911-circa 1970

Overview of the Collection

First Unitarian Church (Portland, Or.)
First Unitarian Church Exhibit: Architecture of Jamieson Parker Photographs
1911-circa 1970 (inclusive)
circa 1970 (bulk)
0.36 cubic feet, (46 photographs in 1 box)
Collection Number
Org. Lot 102
Photographs mounted for a 1974 exhibit, “An Exposition on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the First Unitarian Church.” Most of the collection consists of images of buildings and churches designed by Jamieson Parker, Portland, Or., architect and noted architectural historian. Most of the images were made in the early 1970s for the exhibit by an unidentified photographer.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
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Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Jamieson Kirkwood Parker (1895-1939) was born in Portland to Horatio H. and Charlotte Boykin Parker and died at his hometown. While in high school, Parker worked in the offices of Portland architect, A.E. Doyle. He designed the lettering on the exterior of the Multnomah County Public Library in downtown Portland during this time. After graduating from the Portland Academy, he earned a degree in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1916 and opened an architectural office in Portland that year.

Parker designed mostly churches and residences, primarily in Portland, but also elsewhere in the state. He also designed residences in Washington state and Victoria, British Columbia. Most of his designs reflect Colonial revival influences, but his work also shows Arts and Crafts, Classical, English, and Romanesque influences.

A noted architectural historian, Parker was director of the Historic American Buildings Survey, District 39 (Oregon and Washington), 1934-1938. He also served as president of the American Institute of Architects. Later, he joined the Federal Housing Authority in Portland, and, at the time of his death, Parker was one of its directors. He was active in Columbia Gorge conservation and worked on preservation of the Pioneer Courthouse in downtown Portland. Parker married Margaret Biddle in 1923, and they had three children.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of photographs mounted for a 1974 exhibit, “An Exposition on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the First Unitarian Church.” Most of the collection consists of images of buildings and churches designed by Jamieson Parker and photographed in the early 1970s for the exhibit by an unidentified photographer. Also included is one ca. 1930 original unmounted print of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. A few images of Parker, his home, and documents relating to his life were reproduced from originals that date ca. 1911-circa 1930. Most of the buildings included in the collection are located in Portland, but a few are located elsewhere in Oregon, including Chiloquin, Milwaukie, and the Hood River Valley.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

First Unitarian Church Exhibit of Jamieson Parker Architectural photographs collection, Org. Lot 102, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Series A: Churches and Residences Designed by Jamieson Parker, ca. 1930-circa 1970

Series B: Other Related Images, circa 1911-circa 1970

Acquisition Information

Library accession no. 13279 (Photo accession no. 1975D013).

Related Materials

Manuscript collection, Mss 3000, in the Oregon Historical Society Research Library includes 154 sets of Jamieson Parker’s architectural drawings. The finding aid file for Mss 3000 includes further biographical information on Parker and his family. The University of Oregon holds Jamieson Parker’s administrative files for the Historic American Buildings Survey, District 39, 1934-1938.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  Churches and Residences Designed by Jamieson Parker, circa 1930-circa 1970,   (bulk circa 1970) Return to Top

47 items

Among residences included in this series are homes that Parker designed for his parents in Portland, Or., and for his own family in Milwaukie, Or. Images in the series are arranged in folders, alphabetically by name of the church or homeowner’s last name. The folder title includes the address of the structure and the date it was built, when known. Folders are arranged alphabetically by last name of the owner for whom the residence was built or name of the church.

Container(s) Description Dates
George Black residence, 3366 S.W. Talbot Road, Portland (built 1929)
circa 1970
Donald M. Drake residence, 2724 S.W. Old Orchard Road, Portland (built 1921)
circa 1970
Edward J. Failing residence, 1889 S.W. Montgomery Place, Portland (built 1929)
circa 1970
John Fishback residence, 7614 S.E 27th Avenue, Portland
circa 1970
James Gillison residence, 1710 S.E. Waverly Road, Milwaukie (built 1922)
circa 1970
Frederick Greenwood residence, 248 S.W. Kingston Avenue, Portland (built 1930)
circa 1970
Edmund Hayes residence, 01911 S.W. Military Road, Portland (built 1930)
circa 1970
Phillip L. Jackson residence, 11522 S.W. Riverwood Road, Portland (built 1926-1927)
circa 1970
E. G. Jarvis residence, 6224 S.E. 29th Avenue, Portland (built 1914)
circa 1970
Julius Kummel residence, 2546 S.W. Arden Road, Portland (built 1920)
circa 1970
Milton Markewitz residence, 2165 S.W. Main Street, Portland (built 1924)
circa 1970
Roland W. Mersereau residence, 01960 SW Military Road, Portland
circa 1970
John Montague residence, 1831 S.W. Edgewood Road, Portland (built 1926)
circa 1970
Chester Moores residence, 6229 S.E. 30th Avenue, Portland (built 1923)
circa 1970
Dent Mowrey residence, 1062 S.W. Douglas Place, Portland (built 1929)
circa 1970
Alfred F. Parker residence, 3017 S.E. Tolman Street, Portland (built 1922)
circa 1970
Jamieson K. Parker residence, 9911 S.E. Cambridge Lane, Milwaukie (built 1929)
circa 1970
E.R. Pooley residence, Hood River Valley (built 1926-1928)
Includes photographic reproduction of an elevation drawing, ca. 1926
1926; circa 1970
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, N.W 21st Avenue and Marshall Street, Portland (built 1925)
circa 1930; circa 1970
John W. Schuler residence, 6303 S.E. 30th Avenue, Portland (built 1922)
circa 1970
Waldemar Spliid residence, 2623 S.W. Park Place, Portland (built 1923)
circa 1970
A.D. Thrane residence, 1750 S.W. Talbot Road, Portland
circa 1970
First Unitarian Church, S.W. 12th Avenue and Salmon Street, Portland (built 1924)
circa 1970
Lawrence R. Wheeler residence, 11710 S.W. Summerville Avenue, Portland (built 1926-1927)
circa 1970
Henry W. Wessinger residence, 12550 S.W. Edgecliff Road, Portland (built 1928)
circa 1970
D. O. Williams residence, Yamsi Ranch, Chiloquin, Oregon (built 1930-1931)
circa 1931

Series B:  Other Related Images, circa 1911-circa 1970Return to Top

5 items

This series includes ca. 1970 reproductions of mostly earlier images related to Jamieson Parker, his education, and his architectural career.

Container(s) Description Dates
Seat at Main Library (S.W. 10th Avenue and Taylor Street, Portland)
circa 1970
Portrait of Jamieson Parker
circa 1930
Portland Academy certificate and mechanical drawings
University of Pennsylvania diploma
Whitman House, Farmington, Connecticut

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Architects--Oregon--Portland
  • Architecture--Domestic--Oregon
  • Church architecture--Oregon
  • Churches--Oregon--Portland
  • Colonial revival (Architecture)--Oregon
  • Dwellings--Oregon--Chiloquin
  • Dwellings--Oregon--Hood River County
  • Dwellings--Oregon--Milwaukie
  • Dwellings--Oregon--Portland

Personal Names

  • Parker, Jamieson Kirkwood, 1895-1939, architect

Corporate Names

  • Episcopal Church--Oregon--Portland
  • First Unitarian Church (Portland, Or.)
  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church (Portland, Or.)

Geographical Names

  • Chiloquin (Or.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
  • Hood River County (Or.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
  • Milwaukie (Or.)--Buildings, structures, etc.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographic prints