Oral history interview with Richard Sundeleaf [Sound Recording 10]

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Oral history interview with Richard Sundeleaf [Sound Recording 10]


  • 1982-11-23 (Creation)


Audiocassette; 00:29:51

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Richard Wilhelm Sundeleaf was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1900. In 1923, he earned a degree in architecture from the Oregon Agricultural College, now Oregon State University. After graduating, he worked with the firm of Sutton and Whitney for four years. In 1925, he and Mildred Beatrice Deaver were married; they later had two children. In 1928, he opened his own architectural firm, and during the Depression, he worked on the Historic American Buildings Survey. Several of the buildings he designed are on the National Register of Historic Places. He died in 1987.

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Tape 5, Side 2. In the third and final interview session, conducted on November 23, 1982, Sundeleaf continues discussing his involvement with the Historic American Buildings Survey and describing some of the buildings he surveyed. He also talks about the organizational structure of the survey in Oregon. He then revisits the topic of running his own architectural firm and some of the buildings he designed. He shares his thoughts about modern architecture and talks about the buildings in downtown Portland. He closes the interview by discussing designing war housing during World War II.

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Copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/.

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  • English

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