Oregon’s Versatile Stylist: The Architectural Legacy of John V. Bennes
Mon, 08/06/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97210
About the Event
The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) continues its monthly series of History Nights at McMenamins
pubs with programs at the Mission Theater in partnership with the Northwest Examiner. At each
History Night, The OE will look back at the people and events that have shaped our communities.
Visit www.oregonencyclopedia.org for History Night locations and more details.
“Oregon’s Versatile Stylist: The Architectural Legacy of John V. Bennes”
Presented by Larry Landis
Monday, August 6, 2012
7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:00 pm
McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan Street, Portland
Free and open to the public
Did you know that John V. Bennes was one of Portland’s most prolific architect from 1906 to
1941? Bennes and his firm not only designed famous Portland landmarks such as the Hollywood
Theater, but also created hotels, movie theaters, warehouses, and other commercial buildings
in a variety of styles, throughout Oregon including Baker City, Astoria, Ashland, La Grande,
Monmouth, Prineville, Coos Bay, and Corvallis. At the August Oregon Encyclopedia History
Night at the Mission, Larry Landis will showcase the rich architectural legacy that John V. Bennes
created and will share new information about some of his design projects. Born in Illinois and
raised in Chicago, Bennes brought his knowledge of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright to Oregon
in 1900. After six years in Baker City, Bennes moved to Portland, where he introduced the Prairie
Style to residential construction. Bennes also designed at least 35 buildings on the Oregon State
University campus and the administration buildings at Southern Oregon, Eastern Oregon, and
Western Oregon universities.
Presented by: Larry Landis
Larry Landis is the Director of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center for Oregon
State University (OSU) Libraries. He was instrumental in establishing the Oregon Multicultural
Archives at OSU and the Northwest Digital Archives. He is an author and editorial board member
of The Oregon Encyclopedia and is a recent recipient of the Oregon Heritage Excellence Award.
Cost: Free and open to the public
No registration required.
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