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Eugene in Lane County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)

Ellis F. Lawrence

Hope Abbey Mausoleum Architect

Ellis F. Lawrence Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 26, 2016
1. Ellis F. Lawrence Marker
Inscription.  During the first half of the 20th century, Ellis Fuller Lawrence was one of Oregon's foremost architects. In 1914, he became the founder and first dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. During his 32 year tenure, he was responsible for the first campus plan and the design of 19 fine campus buildings including McArthur Court, the Knight Library, and the Museum of Art. Under Lawrence's innovative guidance, the school rose to a national prominence it still enjoys today.

Born in a suburb of Boston, Ellis received his master's degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and arrived in Oregon in 1906. Commuting weekly from his practice in Portland by train to Eugene, Lawrence was an innovative force in Portland architecture while serving at the University of Oregon. He designed elegant homes, schools, hospitals, stores and other building types in the Pacific Northwest, established several professional organizations, and was a beloved mentor to young architects. Sometimes called the "Father of City Planning in Oregon," he spoke out against rampant development and corrupt government.
Ellis F. Lawrence Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 26, 2016
2. Ellis F. Lawrence Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here to the left of the mausoleum entrance.
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Genuine and sincere, he devoted his life to innovations in art and public service.

Given the importance of its architect, the mausoleum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Lawrence sometimes lamented he didn't spend enough leisure time enjoying art, nature, and the people dear to him. It would probably please him to know we are taking time to enjoy one of his most unique community mausoleums.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCemeteries & Burial SitesEducation.
Location. 44° 1.84′ N, 123° 4.523′ W. Marker is in Eugene, Oregon, in Lane County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of University Street and East 26th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eugene OR 97405, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wiley Griffon (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Petrified Wood (approx. 0.9 miles away); Granite Glacial Erratic (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Collier House (approx. one mile away); Patterson Home Site / Animal House (approx. 1.2 miles away); A.W. and Amanda Patterson Home (approx. 1.2 miles away); American Nobel Peace Laureates (approx. 1.9 miles away); Theodore Roosevelt (1906) (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eugene.
More about this marker. The marker is located in front of the mausoleum, which is located in the southwestern corner of the Masonic Cemetery.
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 Ellis F. Lawrence (1879-1946) (Oregon Encyclopedia). (Submitted on October 30, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 30, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 30, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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