Roseburg VA campus listed on national register

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Roseburg VA Hospital campus has received a new honor, listing it on the National Register of Historic Places.

The campus becomes Oregon's latest entry in the register.

Officials say the campus opened in 1933. The facility was the third and largest hospital constructed to serve veterans in Roseburg.

Led by the American Legion and Chamber of Commerce, residents successfully lobbied the US Government to locate a hospital just north of the 1912 Oregon State Old Soldier's Home.

Designed as a general medical hospital and later redesigned as a neuropsychiatric facility, the residential campus offered care to thousands of Oregon and northern California veterans of both World Wars.

Treatment focused on occupational therapy, including agricultural activities such as raising animals and vegetables for use by the hospital kitchen.

The nomination of the Roseburg Veterans Administration Hospital Historic District was sponsored by the US Veterans Administration, as part of a national effort to recognize the history of the agency.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the District's nomination in October 2012.

18 Roseburg properties are now listed in the National Register, including the Oregon State Old Soldiers Home and the Roseburg Downtown, Laurelwood, and Mill-Pine historic districts.

The Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

You can find more information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings here.