Astoria Marine Construction Company Historic District

92134 Front Road, Astoria, OR

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Astoria Marine Construction Company Historic District

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The Astoria Marine Construction Company Historic District is located at the confluence of the Lewis and Clark River and Jeffers Slough, about seven miles east of the mouth of the Columbia River. The address of the property is 92134 Front Road, Astoria, Oregon. The district has two periods of significance: 1941-1945, and 1950-1955. The district is significant on a statewide level for its first period of significance and on a national level for its second period of significance . The Astoria Marine Construction Company Historic District is significant on the statewide level under National Register Criterion A in the areas of Military and Industry due to its association with the period of American history dominated by the expansion of production for World War II. During its first period of significance, 1941-1945, AMCCO built , outfitted and repaired over 200 vessels, including attack transports, minesweepers , harbor tugs , and escort aircraft carriers , on behalf of the United States for World War II. 5 The Astoria Marine Construction Company Historic District is significant on the national level under National Register Criterion A in the areas of Military and Industry due to its association with the period of American history related to the Korean War . The historic district's second period of significance begins in 1950 when AMCCO was awarded a contract to build MS06 minesweepers for the Korean War . This period of significance ends in 1955, the year this contract was fulfilled. In 1952 AMCCO was named the nation 's lead shipyard for the MSO minesweeper. Thanks to its continued original use , AMCCO is one of the most intact small shipyards that produced minesweepers for World War II and the Korean War in Oregon. 7 Construction of the company's earliest buildings initiated in 1922 , but the bulk of AMCCO's buildings were constructed in 1941 and 1942 , in response to contracts to build wartime vessels. The shipyard contains 15 contributing resources : nine buildings and six structures. Astoria Marine Construction Company Historic District retains a high level of integrity in design, location, workmanship, setting, feeling , association, and materials . The design of the shipyard has been altered somewhat by the loss of a few buildings due to fires. The resources form a cohesive grouping that conveys the significance of the district as an important small shipyard during World War II and the first shipyard in the nation to build MSO minesweepers during the Korean War.

Posted to the NRHP 1-8-2014

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Astoria, Oregon (45)
Brick (42,457)
Building (3,867)
Clatsop County, Oregon (64)
District (10,110)
Industrial building (1,097)
Military facility (676)
Oregon (2,029)
Structure (262)

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  • August 12, 2014: Added by Dave King

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