The University Place Historical Society (UPHS) is pleased to announce that the Charles and Mary Louise Curran House at 4009 Curran Lane, University Place, has been officially named to the Washington State Heritage Register.
At their meeting June 23, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation voted unanimously in favor of placing the City of University Place owned property on the register, and in favor of forwarding the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for consideration at that level.
The Curran House was designed by noted Tacoma architect Robert Price. It is the first Price property to be named to the Heritage Register. The house is significant as characteristically mid-century modern, reflecting new building materials, cultural changes and values following World War II. The house is well known for its association with the Currans’ apple orchard and hobby farm, 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 thanks the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for their assistance and consideration in achieving this goal.
The UPHS also wishes to thank the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Heritage League of Pierce County, and Artifacts-Inc. of Tacoma for their assistance and support for this project.
The University Place Historical Society ad hoc committee CHIPS (Curran House Investigating and Planning Study) is taking leadership in the Curran House and considering future usage for the structure once it is refurbished. All interested community members are invited to the UPHS meetings, the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the University Place library.