Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Huerne, Prosper L.E., Architect and Engineer (firm); Prosper Louis-Etienne Huerne (engineer)

Dates: constructed 1879

3 stories

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219 SW Stark Street
Downtown, Portland, OR 97204

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The Bishop's House stood at 219-223 SW Stark Street.

Building History

Pope Gregory XVI created the Vicariate Apostolic of the Oregon Territory on 12/01/1843, and less than three years later, on 07/24/1846, his successor, Pope Pius IX, divided it into three dioceses, in Oregon City, Walla Walla and Vancouver Island. The Quebec-born priest François Norbert Blanchet (1795-1883) served as Oregon City's first Bishop in 1845, and was elevated to Archbishop status on 07/29/1850. Blanchet administered the Archdiocese in Oregon City from 1850 until 1862, when he moved his residence to Portland. French Catholic architect Prosper Huerne (1820-1892) obtained the commission to design this Gothic Revival residence for a new Archbishop, Charles John Seghers, (born 12/16/1839 om Ghen, Belgium) who became coadjutor with Blanchet, on 12/10/1878. With Seghers administering daily affairs of the Archdiocese, Blanchet gradually retired by 1880. (See New, "Archdiocese of Oregon City," accessed 01/17/2019.)

Seghers moved to Alaska in 1884, and was replaced by Archbishop William Hickley Gross (1837-1898), who undertook the building of a large new cathedral at SW 3rd Avenue and Stark Street.nearby to this residence.The Cathedral was flooded in 1894 and subsequently sold, and replaced by a pro-cathedral at NW 15th Avenue and Davis Street in 1899.

Officially, the Archdiocese remained in Oregon City until it was moved to the more vibrant city of Portland in 1926,

National Register of Historic Places (Listed 1974-10-18): 74001706 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 22644