George Fox University salvages historic house in preparation for construction of new residence hall

May 17th, 2018

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The Villa Road House, built in 1912, will be moved across campus on June 3 to make way for new structure

NEWBERG, Ore. – Construction of a new residence hall at George Fox University is necessitating the move of a historic 1912 house from the northeast section of campus on North Villa Road to a southwest location on East Sheridan Street.

On Sunday, June 3, the university will move the 2,400-square-foot Villa Road House down Fulton Street and North Meridian Street and onto an empty lot on Sheridan Street. A smaller carriage house from the property also will be moved on the same route. Crews will begin the move at about 5:30 a.m. and complete the project by 6 p.m.

Rather than destroy the historic structures, the university opted to move them, placing them between its Spiritual Life House on the corner of Sheridan and Meridian streets and the Armstrong House on Sheridan. A garage currently attached to the Spiritual Life House will be torn down to make room for the relocations.

The event will result in a temporary loss of utilities in some homes. Three houses will lose power for about a two-hour window, and 24 homes with Frontier Cable and 70 with Comcast Cable are expected to lose service for less than two hours. The shutoff is expected to be brief, as crews will immediately reconnect service as the structures pass the location. George Fox will provide free WiFi during the move in its Bruin Den café on campus, with a temporary guest password provided on site.

The university has obtained a public right of way permit, and public street parking will not be permitted on affected portions of Fulton or North Meridian from Saturday night (June 2) until after the structures have passed. In addition, Fulton and North Meridian streets will be blocked for portions of the day, and driveways will be blocked temporarily as the structures pass.

Public notices will be posted on the street prior to the relocation. George Fox is providing free parking in its Bauman Auditorium/Stoffer Stadium lot for neighbors.

The transport will begin at 5:30 a.m., when crews begin moving the carriage house west along Fulton Street, followed by the Villa Road House. It is estimated the structures will reach the corner of Fulton Street and North Meridian Street at approximately 6:45 a.m. It will take about two hours to negotiate the turn, then another five hours to reach the corner of North Meridian and Sheridan streets.

At approximately 1:45 p.m., the turn onto Sheridan Street will begin. The carriage house is expected to arrive at its new location at about 3 p.m., while the Villa Road House will arrive at its new address of 910 E. Sheridan St., at about 6 p.m. With its relocation to a new site, the Villa Road House is being renamed the Chehalem House.

The move opens up space for George Fox to construct a new residence hall in time for a fall 2019 opening. The houses currently occupy the property where the new residence hall – a four-story structure expected to house approximately 190 students – will be built.

Northwest Structural Moving will conduct the relocations. The construction of the new residence hall and installation of the Villa Road House is being overseen by Andersen Construction Co.

More details on the move are available at

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Rob Felton
George Fox University

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