Treetops, Oregon's Higher-Education Mansion In Eugene, A Question Mark

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Interim Oregon Higher Education Chancellor Melody Rose says she's not going to live in the official chancellor's home in Eugene, an 8,111-square-foot, 1911 mansion in the Fairmount neighborhood known as Treetops.

That puts the future of the problematic property in doubt.

The property presents a conundrum for the chancellor's office because, when a merchant donated the property to the state in 1938, it was with the stipulation that the chancellor or the University of Oregon president live there. The state pays upward of $50,000 annually to maintain the residence, and in some years has spent tens of thousands of dollars more on repairs.

UO President Michael Gottfredson lives at McMorran House, the UO's official residence.

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