I was going to use this as a "Where am I" but it didn't seem fair. According to notes this home at 603 Sherman was built for Miss McLaren about 1910. This photo is from the 1920s. In the 1990s it was renovated extensively, as you can see below.
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Personally I think the old house was much more attractive than it is now.
Nellie on 6th August 2019 @ 7:07am
Well, the renovated version definitely does not quietly blend into the surrounding hillside.
So....who was Miss McLaren?
L.E. on 6th August 2019 @ 7:34am
I like both versions, except the "lookout" they added to the top floor didn't do much to improve the curb appeal. It's a Tale of Two Cities: the Old Hood River and the New Hood River.
kmb on 6th August 2019 @ 7:59am
Was not the current color(s) the result of a govt. agency dispute over control of color and design visible from ridge line to ridge line in the newly recognized Columbia Gorge Scenic designation? Or is that an urban legend?
nels on 6th August 2019 @ 8:32am
I remember the Ekker family living there in the 1960’s.
Thom Turner on 6th August 2019 @ 8:39am
Urban legend @ nels. An artistic type named Penny, and her partner Dick, did this extensive remodel, paint job. The rock work is sure nice, as is the landscaping. The colors are, well, rainbow like.........!
James on 6th August 2019 @ 8:42am
Actually a little bit of both as I recall nels and James. It's in the City, so Scenic area rules don't apply; but it seems to me the owners had a dispute with the City regarding an addition or such, and when denied they went with the carnival colors.
starboard on 6th August 2019 @ 8:51am
I remember the Miller twins living there in the 50's and early 60's.
Norma on 6th August 2019 @ 8:58am
As @starboard says the NSA color rules don't apply within cities. An architecture magazine reviewing the house in the 1990s said the colors were inspired by the bright colors of the windsurfing sails of the era. They also had a brightly colored (was it lime green?) van. The article also said the interior is entirely white, in contrast to the exterior.
I'm skeptical of the "spite" stories. The magazine version based on interviews with the owners makes perfect sense. Neon colors were popular back then.
ArthurB on 6th August 2019 @ 9:01am
Yes Arthur, Dick's van was lime green, could see it coming and going, and at the various windsurfing sites...., ah, the days before kiteboarding.....,so many changes here, drives some of our locals a bit nutty....., right...?
James on 6th August 2019 @ 10:04am
I am astounded at how pretty that house used to be.
Kyle on 6th August 2019 @ 11:55am
If you click the McLaren tag, you will see Mary McLaren, in 1913, taking a shovel of dirt for the ground breaking celebration for the library.
The 1910 Hood River census shows Harriet McLaren, widowed, age 78, head of house, living at 603 Sherman Ave.
Living with her, is daughter Mary McLaren age 45.
Harriet was born to Jonas Wyeth of Massachusetts. I don't know if this is the same Wyeth family of artists.
She married William Pratt McLaren, who passed away in Wisconsin in 1904. Harriet passed away in Seattle in 1928. Mary passed away in Seattle in 1960.
L.E. on 6th August 2019 @ 11:56am
The 1910 census shows Mary McLaren, b. about 1865 in Wisconsin, living at 603 Sherman Ave. I don't have any other sources for her yet.
Jeffrey W Bryant on 6th August 2019 @ 12:00pm
I gave up waiting for you Jeffrey, so did some research myself. It would be interesting to know if Harriet was a member of the famed Wyeth family.
L.E. on 6th August 2019 @ 12:16pm
Any info on the source of their wealth to build and maintain such a lovely house?
nels on 6th August 2019 @ 4:39pm
In the August 10, 1911 Glacier, there is a news item that George S. McLaren age 31, who lived in Seattle but was well know in Hood River died of ptomaine poisoning after eating canned mushrooms. He was the son of Harriet McLaren and a leading Seattle business man.
L.E. on 6th August 2019 @ 6:37pm
The Hood River glacier., July 26, 1917, Image 7
Mrs. Mary McLaren and daughter, Miss Mary McLaren, left yesterday for Seattle, where they will make an extended visit.
The Hood River glacier., September 06, 1917, Image 3
BUYS SUMMER HOME
After a month's vacation spent at various mid-Columbia resorts L. O. Meacham. a Chicago capitalist, has decided to make Hood River his permanent summer home. Last week Mr. Meacham purchased through the agency of J. M. Culbertson the residence property of Mrs. W. P. McLaren,
who now resides in Seattle.
The place bought by the Chicago man is known as one of the most beautiful in Hood River. Set on the Columbia gorge in effective landscaping. it is of the shingle bungalow type, two stories in height. The home when built several years ago cost $13,000.
The Hood River glacier., October 18, 1917, Image 7
Mr. and Mrs. L. O. Meacham. of Chicago, are here looking after extensive improvements to their newly purchased home, formerly the property of
Mrs. W. P. McLaren.
LMH on 6th August 2019 @ 11:57pm
L.E. - your question the relationship between the McLaren and Wyeth families. According to the February 25, 1915 Glacier Miss McLaren revealed at a Women's club meeting through a paper presentation that her grandmother's cousin was Nathaniel Wyeth. Miss McLaren who told of incidents connected with the pilgrimage of Nathaniel Wyeth, of Boston, he came to Oregon with plans for the colonization of the country, but who soon returned east on account of disagreements with Captain John McLaughlin.
LMH on 7th August 2019 @ 5:03pm
I wasn't familiar with Nathaniel Wyeth's story, but it is worth reading his Wikipedia page. I used to live within spitting distance of Fresh Pond near Boston but never knew about Wyeth's ice harvesting enterprise there.
ArthurB on 7th August 2019 @ 8:09pm
Great find LMH. Thanks. Some good history reading to look up.
L.E. on 8th August 2019 @ 10:16am