The Schoolhouse Project

Built in 1901, this supposed one-room schoolhouse was slated to be demolished as the newly minted Santa Clara Community Park was being prepared for development. The Santa Clara Community Organization (SCCO) in Eugene, Oregon, has decided to try to restore and preserve this local iconic house to serve as a community space open to all sorts of activities both public and private (possibly rentable by the public).

Toward this end, the SCCO board agreed to the formation of a non-profit 501(c)3 entity to allow fundraising and proper legal standing for agreements with government bodies. Thus The Santa Clara Community Foundation was born in 2021.

Follow our progress and please leave your comments as we move forward with this project. Send an email to to ask about the project, or about volunteer opportunities.

If you like this project, please consider becoming involved. Email:

If you would like to drive by the house it is located on the north side of the new Santa Clara Community Park, which is behind Madison Middle School.

Address: 990 River Loop 2, Eugene, OR 97404.

The “Old Schoolhouse” after a remodel circa 1980.
An overhead shot when the house was a rental.
The building today, 2022. Yes, it needs work. Let’s get to it!

Help Fund the Foundation, Donate Now for 2022!

Act now!

Support Santa Clara community projects! The Santa Clara Community Foundation is now accepting financial gifts to fund community-focused projects in the neighborhood, like the “Old Schoolhouse” renovation. The Foundation is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to helping Santa Clara neighbors fund projects that benefit and improve our neighborhood as a whole. The 2022 SCCF Board thanks you for your generous gifts, and many additional thanks to volunteers helping out on our neighborhood projects.

Act now so your tax-deductible contribution can count on your 2022 tax return.

Mail your donation checks payable to:

Santa Clara Community Foundation
PO Box 41292
Eugene, OR 97404

We will send you a receipt to acknowledge your tax-deductible gift.*

Or, donate via credit card by visiting our donation page.

SCCF Board Meeting, 7/19/21

The recording of our official July meeting—once we decided that the 3rd Monday of the month will be out regular meeting time. The main agenda item was to vote on the final draft of our counter-proposal to the city of Eugene’s original draft lease agreement for the Schoolhouse property. Unfortunately, we did not have a quorum and so a vote did not take place. It was agreed that we would vote a quorum by email.

In attendance were:
Tim Foelker, president
Jerry Mohr, secretary
Tom Dodd, board member
Jerry Finigan, Stewardship council
Kate Perle, Stewardship council

Howard Malcolm, treasurer
Darcy Davis, board member

SCCF Official July 2021 Meeting recording (non-quorum)