National Register of Historic Places (Listed, 2011), Constructed in 1931, the Springdale School is located at 32405 East Historic Columbia River Highway in Springdale, a community in unincorporated Multnomah County, approximately two miles west of Corbett, Oregon. The single-story Art Deco style building was designed by Portland architect Claud Freeman and constructed by Corbett builder Claude Woodle. The formally designed symmetrical facade represents the building’s educational function as a rural school that expanded as the surrounding community grew. Located on the Historic Columbia River Highway, the school’s presence is a visual and social landmark in the center of the Springdale community. ... Although renovations and additions have occurred throughout the history of the Springdale School, the integrity of the original 1931 building is apparent, along with the changes that occurred during the property’s period of significance to accommodate growth in the community. The property maintains excellent integrity of location, setting, association, feeling and workmanship, and good integrity of materials and design. The building clearly represents its role as a rural school. The front elevation, main entrance, concrete signage, and floor plan are obvious features of the educational facility. Prominent character-defining features of the building include the stucco exterior walls, Art Deco-detailed front entrance, corridors, and the interior auditorium with Douglas-fir floors. The additions further represent the building’s educational facility as direct responses to the school’s need to expand with population growth in the surrounding area. As the only school in Springdale, this building is the only resource associated with the community’s educational social history. Community events historically took place in the school’s classrooms, auditorium, basement, or outside on the school grounds. This association, an important feature of the Springdale School and its relationship to the community, is embodied in the building’s representation and character-defining features as a school, and a place for Springdale residents to learn, gather, and grow as a collective community. Source: National Register nomination., Claud N. Freeman (August 29, 1885-March 11, 1964) practiced in Oregon for approximately 40 years. Professional associations: 1922-1942, solo practice, 1942-1949, Freeman and Hayslip, 1942-1949; Freeman, Hayslip and Tuft, 1949-1954; Freeman, Hayslip, Tuft, Hewlett & Jamison, 1957-1958. The firms specialized in schools, built throughout Oregon.
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