Welcome to the Zimmerman House Museum
Thousands of artifacts fill the many rooms of the Zimmerman House. Many hours have and will be spent sorting, inventorying and cataloging this enormous collection. An intact collection of this size, exclusively owned by one family that remained in the same house for over 120 years, is rare among historical house museums throughout the United States.
The Historic Zimmerman House Museum is a delightful, 1874 farmhouse situated in a rapidly urbanizing area of Northwest Gresham in East Multnomah County, Oregon. The farmhouse is located on 5.98 acres, a remnant parcel of the original dairy farmstead that at one time extended over 600 acres of reclaimed bottom land along the Columbia River. The historic Zimmerman house and 1.58 acres of historical property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 5, 1986.
From the time Jacob and Lena Zimmerman purchased the property in 1869, the Zimmerman family had continuously lived on the farm until the death of their youngest granddaughter, Isobel Faith Zimmerman in 1992. It was Isobel’s desire that the house, contents and remaining 2.38 acres of farmland be developed as a historic house museum for future generations.
In 1987, Isobel joined ECHO as a charter member. Subsequently, Isobel willed the home to our organization for the purpose of preserving the house, its comprehensive collection of artifacts, its gardens and grounds. In 1994 the land was donated to the City of Gresham for the purpose of creating a community park. ECHO received title to the home in 1995. In 1996, the City purchase an additional 1.5 acres directly west of the House and in 1997 Kenneth Holfman, Isobel’s nephew, donated and additional 2.1 acres to the City bringing the overall park site to 5.98 acres
In 1997 ECHO commissioned Robert Dortignacq of Dortignacq & Associates Architects in Portland, Oregon to investigate the structural integrity of the house and develop a restoration-rehabilitation and accessibility plan for the house.
In 1999, the City of Gresham commissioned Slusarenko Architecture, PC to develop a Master Plan for the development of historical City of Gresham Park called the Zimmerman Heritage Farm.
The historic house and the grounds are managed through a partnership arrangement between the City of Gresham and Fairview, Rockwood, Wilkes, Historical Society, whereby the City owns the property and FRWHS owns the house and its contents.