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Benjamin Cornelius Jr. House
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
Photograph of the Cornelius House, a two-story, gabled house with flower gardens in front
The Cornelius House in 2009
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Location in the United States
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Location in Oregon
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Location in Forest Grove OR
Location 2314 19th Avenue
Forest Grove, Oregon
Built c. 1873
Built by Harley McDonald
Architect Harley McDonald
Architectural style Italianate, with Colonial and Gothic details
Part of Clark Historic District (ID02000617)
NRHP reference No. 88001034
Added to NRHP July 14, 1988

The Benjamin Cornelius Jr. House, also known as the Benjamin Cornelius Jr. and Rachel McKinney Cornelius House, is a historic residence located in Forest Grove, Oregon, United States. It was built around 1873 by carpenter Harley McDonald, one of the first settlers to offer architectural services in Oregon, and is one of only two houses designed by McDonald remaining in Forest Grove. Its Italianate form and Gothic details are highly distinctive in Forest Grove, while its veranda (added around 1900) exhibits Colonial styling. Benjamin and Rachel Cornelius, the first occupants of the house, had crossed the Oregon Trail via the Meek Cutoff in 1845; the Cornelius family was instrumental in the foundation of Hillsboro and the town of Cornelius during their lifetime, and Benjamin was also prominently involved in early real estate transactions in the area. Benjamin was murdered in 1881, during the couple's tenure at this house.

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988, and included as part of the Clark Historic District in 2002.

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