Historic Streetlamp Reception & Dedication

March 26, 2018 - 6:00pm


On Monday, March 26, at 6:00 pm the Community Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) will hold a reception and dedication in celebration of the installation of two authentic historic City of Eugene streetlamps in the public right-of-way surrounding the historic Woodmen of the World Hall (W.O.W. Hall) at 291 West 8th Avenue (8th and Lincoln).

Following the reception a dedication ceremony will be held at 7:00 pm until the streetlamps go on at 7:32 pm PDT.  The dedication will feature the unveiling of a plaque honoring those whose donations made the Woodmen of the World Hall​ Historic Streetlamp Restoration Project possible.

The lamps that have been installed are original lamps that were present around the W.O.W. Hall and throughout downtown Eugene from the early twentieth century until the late 1950's.  Their installation at 8th and Lincoln represents the first step in the CCPA's efforts to restore the historic landscape around the W.O.W. Hall. Until recently the lamps currently gracing the W.O.W. Hall's landscape were located on East Thirteenth Avenue where they had been reinstalled when they were removed from Downtown. They were removed from that location during a street-widening project on 13th Avenue.  The CCPA bought four of the historic lamps from the West University Business Association, which had originally purchased them from the City.  

The City of Eugene Historic Review Board and the Downtown Neighborhood Association became partners with the CCPA in mounting the project. In order to accomplish that purchase the CCPA and its partners put out a call for "Pioneer" donors to help finance the purchase of the historic streetlamps.  The "Pioneers" who responded to that call were the staff of KLCC-FM, the staff of KRVM-FM, Gayle and Mike Chisholm, and Aaron Dietrich, Laura Hood and River Dietrich.

The CCPA applied for and received a City of Eugene Neighborhood Matching Grant of $10,000.00 to aid in the restoration and installation of the historic streetlamps at the W.O.W. Hall site. Additional major donors include Pam Whyte, Ron Saylor, Thomas Link and John Crawford. Their contributions enabled the project to proceed. David Stuck Electric provided a substantial contribution of donated professional services to the effort and provided the electrical infrastructure for installation. Saylor Painting donated storage of the streetlamp standards pending installation  

City of Eugene staff members, City Engineer Steve Gillespie and Cindy Koehler provided special assistance to the project along with numerous City of Eugene planning, permit and public works staff. Excavation was provided by Scott Maskell and Cameron Clark. Concrete work was provided by Dynasty Concrete. Restoration and installation of the streetlamp standards was provided by ASF Ironworks. The Woodmen of the World Historic Streetlamp Project has been coordinated by Jonathan M.Pincus, M-Arch and Katy Vizdal with special assistance from Aaron Dietrich and Gayle Chisholm -- all of whom donated professional or in-kind services.

This event will celebrate the crucial assistance provided by our partners, our Pioneers, major donors and all of those who assisted in the installation of the historic streetlamps now standing next to the historic Woodmen of the World Hall. It is hoped that the event will also highlight the CCPA's call for contributions toward the installation of the two additional historic streetlamps currently owned by the CCPA and awaiting restoration. Donors who contribute $500.00 or more to the project will be honored on an additional plaque to be affixed to the next lamp to be installed.  It is hoped that the two remaining historic streetlamps will be installed adjacent to the Woodmen of the World Hall by fall of 2018.  

For additional information on donating to the project​ please contact Jonathan Pincus at jpincus24@gmail.com. For event information please contact​ the CCPA-W.O.W. Hall at 541-687-2746 or info@wowhall.org.


Free / Public Invited