Lake Oswego Preservation Society

The Lake Oswego Preservation Society is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Its goal is to preserve, protect, and promote the historic architecture of Lake Oswego while also encouraging Lake Oswego to appreciate the social, economic, and environmental benefits of preservation. Any amount is helpful! The Lake Oswego Landmarks Society does not have paid employees, so 100 percent of any contribution goes to their cause. The organization has earned accolades both locally and statewide for its preservation advocacy on behalf of Lake Oswego landmark buildings.

The Iron Workers Museum, which is located at 40 Wilbur Street in the City of Lake Oswego, is a must-see. It's located in the last remaining Iron Company Worker's Cottage from the City of Lake Oswego. The circa 1880 home is open to the public and is Lake Oswego's oldest structure still standing. Displays include city-owned artifacts that have never before been exhibited publicly, as well as items from the Society's collection.

Admission to the museum is free! The oldest house in Lake Oswego, which is open to the public, is home to this institution! Museum hours are Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with the exception of any of these regularly scheduled days falling on a holiday. It can also be visited by appointment for school classes, other group tours, and as a meeting spot for local organizations.

The last remaining intact home from Lake Oswego's iron era and the last iron company worker's cottage west of the Rockies is located in Oregon. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and the City of Lake Oswego's Landmark Designation List. It is one of seven locations on the Oswego Iron Heritage Trail, which was designated by Congress in 1982 as a National Historic Landmark.

The cottage was constructed using box construction, a technique primarily used for temporary structures. There are no studs: planks were nailed to the header and footer boards and the structure is supported by piers. Visitors can see how interior walls are built through a slice of wall on display in the entryway.

The city owns the building, which was leased by the Society. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. There are three parking places, including one for people with impairments, along with bicycle storage, available from the alley behind (south) of the museum. The closest TriMet bus stops are South State and Wilbur Streets (northbound) and South State Street and Middlecrest Road (southbound).

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