Local Wood in Oregon Architecture – Then and Now

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Join us for this rare opportunity to tour the State Forester’s Office building in Salem, followed by a tour of Zena Forest Products forest, sawmill and millwork shop.

This tour is exclusively for members of the architecture and design community.

Transportation from Portland and lunch will be provided.

  • Depart Portland 9:30
  • Tour State Forester’s Office Building 10:30 – 11:30
  • Travel to Zena Forest 11:30 – 12:00
  • Lunch @ Zena 12:00 – 12:45
  • Forest Walk 12:45 – 1:45
  • Tour Sawmill & Millwork Shops 1:45 – 2:30
  • Arrive back in Portland 3:30


The State Forester’s Office was designed by Linn A. Forrest and built by the WPA and CCC in 1938. Forrest was also the designer of Timberline Lodge, and this building is a primary example of the National Park Style of Architecture, emphasizing the use of native materials which appear as much as possible to be integral parts of the natural environment.

Quoting the National Historic Register application for this building;

The ideal of achieving harmony between building and setting was juxtaposed with the unprecedented reserve of skilled labor of the CCC and WPA. The result was a studied rusticity which nonetheless exhibited a quality of hand workmanship which has never again been duplicated on such a large scale.

The interior is a tour de force of local Oregon wood, featuring 18 different native wood species in myriad carving and millwork applications on the floors, walls and ceilings. Each room features a different set of wood species along with a unique set of millwork patterns.

Zena Forest Products is a multigenerational family business that works to save, restore and promote the endangered hardwood forests of the Willamette Valley. To this end, we carefully manage our own Zena Forest with a goal of creating a robust and sustainable forest ecosystem supported by the craft production of local Oregon hardwood flooring, lumber and millwork. In addition, we’re committed to protecting Oregon’s forestland, and help other landowners find ways to keep their forests intact through good management practices.

Zena Forest Products’ model is unique: we’re the only company in Oregon that’s integrated all aspects of the timber process – using sustainable forest management and harvesting practices to create beautiful/heirloom/artisan products made from Oregon White Oak, Western Maple and Oregon Ash. We provide a beautiful, local, one-of-a-kind alternative to imported hardwoods for local building projects.



Cover image courtesy Zena Forest Products.

Event Detail

June 20, 2019 10:30 am
June 20, 2019 2:30 pm


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