Born in Oregon's capital city, Eileen G. Fitzsimons grew up in many small towns in Western Oregon, and earned Bachelors degrees in history and art from Portland State University. As a gyppo historian she has conducted research on various subjects, primarily architectural history, including many National Register nominations. For more than twelve years she wrote a regular history column in her neighborhood newspaper, The Bee. She served as a member of the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Committee and is involved in the Sellwood-Westmoreland History Committee.
Elk Rock Garden of the Bishop's Close
The Garden at Elk Rock (also known as The Bishop’s Close) on the Willamette River between Portland and Lake Oswego is arguably the oldest, largest, intact private garden in the Pacific Northwest. In his sixty years on the property, from 1897 until his death in 1957, businessman Peter Kerr developed …
Peter Kerr (1861-1957)
Peter Kerr, a prominent businessman in the early twentieth century, was known as the “Patriarch of the Pacific Northwest wheat trade” for his role connecting farmers in eastern Oregon and Washington with global markets. Born on October 29, 1861, in Newton Stewart, Scotland, Kerr was one of eight children. After …
Warren H. Williams (1844-1888)
Between 1869 and 1887, Warren Haywood Williams provided sophisticated architectural design to commercial, residential, and institutional clients in the Pacific Northwest. His most successful buildings used ornament to reinforce a design's intrinsic proportion and rhythm. Surviving projects include Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, B.C., the Old Church and Merchants' Hotel in …