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Historical Registry Listing --

1. Union Women's Club

VFW Building

518 N. Main St.


Current owner: Union Vets, Inc.

PO Box 191

Union OR 97883

Significance: Secondary/contributing

Style: Bungalow

Date of Construction: 1921


  DESCRIPTION: This bungalow style meeting house is located on the northwest comer of Main and Birch

Streets, and front east onto Main Street. It is a wood framed building with a gable roof, a poured concrete

foundation and full basement. The building is clad in shiplap siding, and the roof is composition shingle.

The primary window type is three-over-one double hung wood sash, arranged singly or in multiples of two

or three. There is an exterior brick chimney on the north elevation with a simple corbelled stack. A newer

brick chimney on the north elevation has a sheet metal stack. The entrance is located on the north end

of the east facade, and is sheltered by a small gable-roof stoop porch with detailing to match the rest of

the building. The Union Women's Club Building displays decorative features typical of the bungalow style,

including brackets in the gables, exposed rafter tails, simple bargeboards, and simple window surrounds.


  SIGNIFICANCE: This building was owned by the Union Women's club until 1985. This clubhouse was a

project of the manual training students of Union High School. With work supervised by Joseph w. Baxter,

Jr., manual training instructor at UHS, students broke ground, poured the foundation and worked in relays

to complete the structure. The plans for the club's meeting house were designed by Joseph W. Baxter,

Jr., and this, undoubtedly, gave the high school students involved a good "dry run" for the following year,

for on November 3, 1922, ground was broken for a new high school gymnasium and civic auditorium,

which was also built by student labor.

The Union Women's Club was officially organized in 1899 and was actively involved in the Oregon

Federation of Women's Clubs. The organization always supported community projects, being particularly

responsive to library and educational needs.

Now owned by Union Vets, Inc., the building is often used as a meeting place for various community


Covid Upgrades

To get ready for the release from lock downs, we as a group decided that we needed to do a few upgrades around the post.  Here are the pictures of the almost finished product.