Oswego Lake architectural boat tour returns
For those wanting a closer view of — and to learn more about — the homes that line Oswego Lake, the Lake Oswego Preservation Society has an upcoming event that may be worth their while.
The Oswego Lake Architectural Boat Tour will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, starting at Sundeleaf Plaza. Tickets, which cost $100, must be reserved beforehand. For more information, visit lakeoswegopreservationsociety.org.
At the event, tour guides will take residents out for a boat ride along the lake and discuss the history and architectural features of many lakeside homes. The preservation society is reserving 13 boats for the event and the tour will last about two hours. This year's event will be the first since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It's really something that people enjoy and it always surprises me when people who have come before bring friends. We're very proud we have this reputation of putting on this really nice show for the lake (community)," organizer Emogene Waggoner said.
Waggoner added that the guides will highlight homes with both modernist and traditional architecture. One required a helicopter to put on the roof, while another once hosted Walt Disney. There's also a property that was once a hub for fishing and a historical home that the preservation society worked to prevent from demolition, which Waggoner said has the best view in town. The tour will include handwritten material about each featured home.
"I think it's going to be a wonderful event again," she said.
On a similar note, the event will raise money toward restoring what Waggoner said is the oldest home in Lake Oswego — located on Carman Drive. The preservation society's legal efforts scuttled a plan to demolish the home, which was originally built in 1857.
"We're looking forward to restoring the home that will have the significance of being the oldest home in Lake Oswego," Waggoner said.
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