Mcloughlin House undergoes second major renovation in 120 years
An excerpt of an article appearing in the February Oregon City Enterprise newspaper on Feb. 11, 1910, talked about the newly formed McLoughlin Memorial Association "laying plans to fully restore the interior of the historic home of the Founder of Oregon City." (Thanks to Karin Morey for this research information). The McLoughlin House was built in 1845, and moved in 1909 (with a one-horse operation) to its present location at 713 Center St., Oregon City.
A major restoration is happening again in 2020! The National Park Service, which has owned and operated both the McLoughlin and neighboring Barclay House since 2003 when Congress named it as a National Historic Site, has scheduled the McLoughlin House for a much-needed rehabilitation this year. The Barclay House will remain open during this time!
Among the projects planned for the McLoughlin House will be a foundation stabilization, new gutters, mechanical system upgrades, a stair rail and an ADA ramp. The interior will receive new, historically-accurate wallpaper, curtains and carpets. Thus, the McLoughlin House, part of this National Historic Site, will be closed until spring of 2021 to accomplish all of these upgrades.
The neighboring Barclay House, also part of the McLoughlin House site, will be open every Friday and Saturday through mid-December during this rehabilitation. Not only is the gift shop open in the Barclay House, but there will be programs held in the backroom theater with the docents, including PowerPoint presentations of the interior and changes at the McLoughlin House.
The monthly Victorian Handicrafts Demonstrations will return, starting on March 14, and every second Saturday after that, from noon-3 p.m. With the return of the warmer weather, the staff will also be doing outside programs on the grounds.
The Barclay House was built in 1849 by Dr. Forbes Barclay, a physician (and friend of Dr. McLoughlin) from Fort Vancouver. It was moved from downtown Oregon City to its present site in 1937.
Come see us! There is no admission fee — and there is always something going on. The Barclay House will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
John Salisbury is a former park ranger at the McLoughlin House, and is now the lead docent at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Oregon City.
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