Building Oregon

McArthur Court, University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon)

Title
McArthur Court, University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon)
LC Subject
Architecture, American Architecture--United States
Alternative
University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) Mac Court, Univeresity of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) The Pit, University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) McArthur Amphitheater, University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) Basket Ball Pavilion, University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) Igloo, University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon)
Creator
Lawrence and Holford Lawrence, Ellis Fuller Holford, William Pajunen, A. J.
Creator Display
Lawrence & Holford (architecture firm, 1913-1928) Ellis Fuller Lawrence (architect, 1879-1946) William Gordon Holford (architect, 1878-1970) A. J. Pajunen (builder/contractor)
Description
This image is included in Building Oregon: Architecture of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, a digital collection which provides documentation about the architectural heritage of the Pacific Northwest.
View
Ellis Lawrence Building Inventory
Provenance
University of Oregon Libraries
Temporal
1920-1929
Work Type
architecture (object genre) built works views (visual works) exterior views universities (buildings) recreation buildings sports buildings coliseums (stadiums) auditoriums
Latitude
44.042783
Longitude
-123.074606
Location
Eugene >> Lane County >> Oregon >> West >> United States Lane County >> Oregon >> West >> United States Oregon >> West >> United States United States
Street Address
1601 University Street
Date
1926
Identifier
lawrence_eugene_uomaccourt.pdf
Rights
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Rights Holder
University of Oregon
Source
Ellis Lawrence Building Survey. Edited by Michael Shellenbarger, Kimberly K. Lain. Oregon. State Historic Preservation Office; University of Oregon Historic Preservation Program, 1989.
Type
Image
Format
application/pdf
Set
Building Oregon
Primary Set
Building Oregon
Is Part Of
University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon)
Institution
University of Oregon
Citation
Guide to the Ellis Fuller Lawrence Papers , Northwest Digital Archives, http://nwda-db.wsulibs.wsu.edu/findaid/ark:/80444/xv35243 Ellis Lawrence Building Survey, https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/dspace/handle/1794/2150 University of Oregon Heritage Landscape Plan, http://uplan.uoregon.edu/projects/HLP_website/hlpsurveyofbldgs.htm
Note
OREGON INVENTORY OF HISTORIC PROPERTY ELLIS LAWRENCE BUILDING INVENTOR Y COUNTY : Lan e HISTORIC NAME : McARTHUR COURT . University of Oregon COMMON NAME : Mac Court, University of Oregon RESOURCE TYPE : Building OTHER NAMEs : Basketball Pavilion STATUS : built & survive s The Igloo LAWRENCE The Pit ( JOB#) YEAR : ( 1762) 1926 ( JOB#) YEAR : ( 2180) 1948 CITY : Eugene Oregon ( JOB#) YEAR : ( 2193) 1954 STREET : 1601 University Street FIRST DATE : 191 9 OWNER : State of Oregon DESIGN BEG : Sept . 1925 DESIGN END : April 1926 CONSTR BEG : June 1926 TOWNSHIP : 17S RANGE : 03W SECTION : 32 CONSTR END : Dec . 1926 MAP# : 170332 & Index TAX LOT : 17- 03- 32- 00- 0300 LOSS DATE : ADDITION : University Addition ORIGINAL USE : university/ gymnasiu m BLOCK : LOT : E QUAD : PRESENT USE : university/ gymnasiu m ASSESSOR # : SITE : acres, approx . THEMEs : 20C Architecture, Education, Performing Art s DATA BELOW IS ON LAWRENCE FIRM'S DESIGN AS- BUILT : ARCHITECT : Lawrence and Holford CHIEF DESIGNER : E F Lawrenc e ENGINEERs & CONSULTANTs : George E . Reed, Mechanical Enginee r CONTRACTORs : A . J . Pujunen, Portland ( General Contract ) Sigwart Electric Co . ( low bidder on electric) ; Chase & Leslie ( low bidder o n heating) ; Williamson & Co . ( low bidder on plumbing) . ARTISTS & CRAFTSMEN : STYLE : Half Moder n PLAN TYPE/ SHAPE : rectangular ( front long ) FOUNDATION MATERIAL : concrete STORIES : 1 BASEMENT : yes ROOF/ MATERIAL : vaulted / Bitum . builtu p WALL CONSTR: concrete STRUC . FRAME : nailed wood frame PRIME WINDOW TYPE : steel horizontal- pivot sas h EXTERIOR SURFACE MATERIAL : stucco , DECORATIVE FEATUREs/ MATERIALs : Utilitarian w/ full- ht . pilaster/ buttresses, ground- level blind arches & implied column capitols, mid- level cornice/ string course, & diamond panels atop corner s OTHER : Additions : rollaway bleachers ( 1949), north end bleachers ( 1953), 2 balconies , 4 columns removed, ext . roof trusses, metal panel stair towers in corners ( 1955 ) CONDITION : good MOVED : not moved ALTERATIONS/ ADDITIONS ( dated) : new roof, repair trusses ( 1937) ; various acoustical improvements : burlap drapes ( 1928), firtex ceiling ( c1932) ; ( see " Other" above ) LANDSCAPE FEATURES : perimeter shrubbery, ivy on building, adjacent playing fields ; Howe Field . adjacent ELLIS LAWRENCE BUILDING INVENTOR Y HISTORIC NAME : McARTHUR COURT, University of Oregon ASSOCIATED STRUCTURES : other UO campus buildings by Lawrence, esp . Physical Education & Hayward Fiel d SETTING : located southeast of main campus, near University St . residences ; IOOF Cemetery to west ; athletic fields to east and south . SIGNIFICANCE OF LAWRENCE FIRM'S DESIGN : EXTER. DETAILS/ CRAFTSMANSHIP : Ordinary construction with no special features . INTER. DETAILS/ CRAFTSMANSHIP : Better than average workmanship and materials . EXTERIOR INTEGRITY : Moderate changes ; some original character remains . INTERIOR INTEGRITY : Moderate changes ; some original character remains . SITE INTEGRITY : Minor changes, but original character intact . SETTING INTEGR : Minor changes to character and relationship of surroundings . SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT : Clifton N . " Pat" McArthur, known as the " father of Oregon athletics" was th e 1st president of the Assoc . Students Univ . of Oregon ( ASUO) ( 1899- 1900), 1s t editor of the student newspaper, student director of athletics ( 1899- 1900) , Speaker of the Oregon legislature ( member 1909- 13), and Representative t o Congress . The ASUO paid for the building of McArthur Court . It has house d athletic events, concerts, auto shows, a circus, graduations, rallies & lectures for over 6 decades . Seating is stacked close to the activity, makin g an unusually intimate & lively setting for such large gatherings . To cut costs , Mac Court introduced to the Northwest, and perhaps to the West, a new type o f structure from Holland - the Lamella roof ; here it spans 109' using 10' length s of 2" x 12" lumber . It was designed initially for seating expansion and the 600 0 initial seating grew to approx . 10,000 by 1955 . The addition of exterio r trusses & corner stair towers have considerably altered the original exterior . SOURCES/ DOCUMENTS : Description ( Location ) photos, photo of rendering ( Lawrence Col ., UO Library) ; photos ( UO Archives) ; correspondence ( Lawrence Col . UO Archives box 2- 9 ) linen construction drawings, drawn by GER, JWJ, T, April 1926, Revised Oct 26 , " Basketball Pavilion" ( UO Physical Plant, vault ) PACIFIC BUILDER & ENGINEER, 9/ 19/ 25 p4, 2/ 13/ 26 p5, 3/ 6/ 26 p37, 4/ 10/ 26 p4 , 4/ 24/ 26 p5, 5/ 1/ 26 p37, 6/ 5/ 26 p33, 1/ 1/ 27 p23 Pennington, John W .," The Eskimo Ice House", LANE CO . HISTORICAN, Fall 1987 p62- 4 preliminary studies & sketch model & letter ( UO Archives plan room box K- 0 ) DAILY RECORD- ABSTRACT, Portland 9/ 11/ 25 pl, 2/ 6/ 26 pl, 4/ 2/ 26 p1, 4/ 22/ 26 p l PUBLICATIONs : Clark, Dudley, " Basketball Pavilion Named for Alumnus", OLD OREGON Jan 1927 p1 8 Tacheron, Don, " What Can You Do With an Igloo", OLD OREGON June- July 1954 p26- 7 SLIDE NO . : RESEARCH BY : CS, GK, MS DATE : 08/ 10/ 88 SHPO INVENTORY NO . : RECORDED BY : M . Shellenbarger DATE : 02/ 12/ 89 ELLIS LAWRENCE BUILDING SURVEY HISTORIC NAME : McARTHUR COURT . University of Oregon RECENT PHOT O NEGATIVE # s : MS3- 34A First # above is upper- righ t photo ; second it is just below. If no # above , see sources a t bottom of page . I _ . -. 1L U University of Oregon IN - HISTORIC PHOTO/ OTHER GRAPHIC SOURCE : Lawrence Col . photos, UO Library OREGON INVENTORY OF HISTORIC PROPERT Y ELLIS LAWRENCE BUILDING INVENTORY EVALUATIO N HISTORIC NAME : McARTHUR COURT . University of Oregon INTEGRITY OF : 1. EXTERIOR : Moderate changes ; some original character remains . NUMERICAL 2. INTERIOR : Moderate changes ; some original character remains . 3 3. SITE : 3 Minor changes, but original character intact . 7 4. SETTING : Minor changes to character and relationship of surroundings . 3 INTEGRITY TOTAL 1 6 DISTINCTION OF : 1. EXTERIOR DETAIL S & CRAFTSMANSHIP : Ordinary construction with no special features . 0 2. INTERIOR DETAIL S & CRAFTSMANSHIP : Better than average workmanship and materials . 3. STYLE : ( Half Modern } 3 It has distinctive features of its identified style . 2 Comopnaereodf tfoe wL a( w5r eonrc el'ess so) t hienr istusr vciivtiyn/ gt oOwrne goorn rbuurialld ianrgesa,. this style i s 4. ORIGINAL USE : ( university/ gymnasium ) 2 Compared to Lawrence's other surviving Oregon buildings, this use i s unique in Oregon . 5. ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN : 9 Compared to Lawrence's other surviving Oregon buildings, this design i s average quality and significance . 2 Is it part of an ensemble of surviving buildings by Lawrence ? It's located in an ordered arrangement of Lawrence buildings 9 Are structural or technical aspects of the design significant ? Of high significance . 9 6. LAWRENCE'S PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE DESIGN PROCESS : Lawrence is known to have been the chief designer . 9 DISTINCTION TOTAL 45 EDUCATIVE OR ASSOCIATIVE VALUE : 1. HISTORIC EVENTS OR ACTIVITIES : Strong association with local historic events or activities . 2. HISTORIC PERSONs : 5 Strong assoc . with person( s) of local historic significance . 5 3 . SYMBOLIC ASSOCIATION WITH AN IDEAL, INSTITUTION, OR POLITICAL ENTITY : Major symbolic association with state ideal or institution . 7 EDUCATIVE OR ASSOCIATIVE TOTAL 17 GRAND TOTAL 78 RANK : PRIMARY NOTE: Only the built, surviving buildings in Oregon were evaluated .