The University Place Historical Society (UPHS) is pleased to announce thatthe Charles and Mary Louise Curran House at 4009 Curran Lane, UniversityPlace, has been officially named to the Washington State Heritage Register.
At their meeting June 23,
the Governor’s Advisory Council on HistoricPreservation voted unanimously in favor of placing the City of UniversityPlace owned property on the register, and in favor of forwarding thenomination to the National Register of Historic Places for consideration atthat level.
The Curran House was designed by noted Tacoma architect Robert Price. Itis the first Price property to be named to the Heritage Register. The house issignificant as characteristically mid-century modern, reflecting new buildingmaterials, cultural changes and values following World War II. The houseis well known for its association with the Currans’ apple orchard and hobbyfarm, now part of University Place’s beloved Curran Apple Orchard Park.
It is considered an honor to be listed on the register, and the UPHS thanksthe Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation fortheir assistance and consideration in achieving this goal.
The UPHS also wishes to thank the Washington Trust for HistoricPreservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The HeritageLeague of Pierce County, and Artifacts-Inc. of Tacoma for their assistanceand support for this project.
The University Place Historical Society ad hoc committee CHIPS (CurranHouse Investigating and Planning Study) is taking leadership in the CurranHouse and considering future usage for the structure once it is refurbished.All interested community members are invited to the UPHS meetings, thesecond Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the University Place library.