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Future Of Oregon's Higher Education Mansion 'Treetops' In Question

AP | Feb. 25, 2013 1:33 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

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The state of Oregon owns an 8,000-square-foot mansion in Eugene it may not need and can’t sell.

It’s called Treetops. A Eugene merchant donated it in the 1930s.

His will said it could house either the chancellor of higher education or the president of the University of Oregon.

If not, the property was to revert to the merchant’s heirs.

The Register-Guard reports it’s not certain the job of chancellor will survive in the current legislative session.

The new interim chancellor, Melody Rose, doesn’t intend to live there. The last three chancellors have all owned homes in Portland.

University President Michael Gottfredson lives in the school’s official residence, McMorran House.

In the 1980s, heirs lost a bid in court to regain control after Treetops was vacant 13 months for renovations.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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