Salem Historical Quarterly
Gaiety Hill Historic Residential District
Located in the blocks around Bush House and Deepwood Estate.



Gaiety Hill developed from a suburb of large estates with grand Victorian homes and farm houses to an intercity neighborhood of bungalows during the period of sixty years from 1878 to 1938 when Depression-era development ended. The streets on three sides of the Bush residence and pasture have retained their original character since that time.

Promoted by the South Central Association of Neighbors, the Salem Historical Landmarks Commission, and the Salem City Council, the Gaiety Hill/Bush’s Pasture Park Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

There is parking in a lot just off Mission Street adjacent to Bush's Pasture Park, limited space along High Street (in front of the residences), and on Lefelle Street, south of Bush's Pasture Park.

When You Are Here:
Our photograph:
The house orginally named for Virgil Pringle, a Salem poineer whose donation land claim was near the creek that bears his name, has acheived significance as the home of Senator Mark Hatfield during his term as Governor of Oregon, 1959-67. Antoinette Hatfield, the First Lady of Oregon, was hostess for weekly open houses during the legislative sessions, welcoming many thousands of visitors over the years. The family's four children were born here. The house is distinguished by its interior high ceilings, panelled study and several features from the days when it was an important location for state business: in the basement phone lines connected to the Capitol, the State Penitentiary and other sites; a bomb shelter which was constructed during the "Cold War".

Oregon encourages historical preservation of property with a special tax assessment program. In return, owners are required to hold an annual open house for the public for four consecutive hours. Dates when Gaiety Hill houses are open to the public can be found in the Statesman Journal's Real Living section, published on Fridays. You may also call the State Historic Preservation Office at 503 986 0672 for listings of a month in advance.

Scheduled Open House in December:

December 13, 2004: Dr. Carl and Cleo Cashatt House, 1015 High Street, 9 to 1.

December 17: 712 High Street, SE, 9 to 1.

December 18: "Brightview", 606 High Street SE, 11 -3

December 18: Collins-Downing House, 1340 Chemeketa NE, 11- 3

Decemebr 23: Old Garfield School, 528 Cottage Street, NE, 9 - 1

To Learn More:
Information is available from the City of Salem at Historic Landmarks Commission, 555 Liberty Street, Salem, Or. 97302. Call 503 588 6011.

For more information and a map, you may also refer to the Historic Landmarks Commission website. On the home page, click "Overview of Salem's Historic Residential Districts..." and go to pages 8 and 9.

A profile of Senator Hatfield may be found at salemhistory website by scrolling down the list to 1966.

Walking Tour: