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Ladd Estate Company Real Estate 

In 1928 Paul C. Murphy constructed the house as the office for Ladd Estate Company real estate business. Murphy arrived in Portland in 1910 as the Vice President and General Sales Manager of the Ladd Estate Company and later became the president of the Oregon Iron & Steel Company. Murphy's vision was to convert the thousands of acres that remained after the cessation of Oregon Iron & Steel Company to residential use.

When Murphy was building this house, Charles Ertz was selected as the architect. The Colonial Revivial style building features a handsome pedimented portico, mullioned windows, a symmetrical facade, and paired front doors with pedimented frames. Murphy believed that good architectural design would build a good community. He encouraged the use of the best architects of the time: Richard Sundeleaf, Charles Ertz, Roscoe Hemenway, Van Evera Bailey, and Morris Whitehouse. The original building consisted of the two offices and the parlor.

Dr. William Cane

Murphy used this house from 1928 until 1941 when he sold the property to Dr. William and Winifred Cane. Dr. Cane used the house as both his office and a residence. Many community members still remember coming to see Dr. Cane when they were younger. Dr. Cane did make additions to the house but they did not hold up very well and were razed during the renovation by OHC.

The Oswego Heritage Council 

Upon the passing of Dr. Cane, Bill Headlee purchased the house with the intention of it being home to the Oswego Heritage Council. Eventually the Council was able to raise the money to purchase it from Bill Headlee and pay the remaining debt. Heavy renovations were needed as the dilapidated structure was covered by overgrown plants and trees. Bill Oyalla was hired to do the renovations. He restored the three original rooms and added on the exhibit space, meeting room and kitchen. The landscape was designed by Bill Gerber.

In 1990, the building was placed on the City of Lake Oswego Landmark Designation List. In 1999, it became the home of the Oswego Heritage Council.


Oswego Heritage House and Museum
398 10th St.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
(503) 635-6373

Hours of Operation:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Free entrance

The Oswego Heritage Council is a  501 (c)(3)
EIN # 93-0983947

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