This si the AS Blowers home on 12th Street. According to our notes it is currently at 720 12th Street, but was moved across the street about 2000, presumably when the hospital expanded.
Notes also indicate this home was known as the "Gatchell house" and "Corman House".
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Yes, it was moved across the street, but I think it was before 2000. We always knew it as the Gatchel house. John and Ethel Lois (went by the name of Lois) Gatchel lived in it when it was on the other side of the street. Lois was the daughter of Otto Hand and Fair Winans. Fair was of the Winans family that was from the Dee area.
I believe the name was Tyler Carman, not Corman. He was probably the builder of the house.
Charlott on 20th December 2019 @ 7:10am
Correction: Blowers was the builder of that house, then it was Carman before Gatchel.
Charlott on 20th December 2019 @ 7:12am
This move would have been a major chore but glad it happened rather than destroyed. I admire Hood River for it's many interesting homes..
Kenn on 20th December 2019 @ 7:41am
I'm a real tree person but this is one time that I wish it was smaller so the beautiful architecture can be seen. But I'm sure the tree ameliorates the summer sun from the south and southeast, not to mention privacy. And hurrah for whomever thought enough of it to move it and restore to such a pristine condition.
nels on 20th December 2019 @ 8:17am
If I recall correctly, the hospital sold it for next to nothing as long as the buyer paid to move it.
Melody Shellman on 20th December 2019 @ 8:42am
I think that is correct melody. I took a first aid class in the house before it was moved. I remember topic of discussion was hoping someone would move it.
Amby lived for some time in white salmon. I can’t remember if there still exists a building that belonged to him.
L. E. on 20th December 2019 @ 1:19pm
During the summer of 1903 there was a major competition between some of the wealthier citizens of our fair city. Of course this is not new, but it is no less entertaining. The Hood River Glacier took notice of three major builds during that year and also notice of lesser building activity. I'll just include the Blowers project.
The Hood River glacier., August 20, 1903, Image 3
A. S. BLOWERS
is building in a grove of large oaks in Blowers' addition a splendid house, which he says when completed will cost him $5,000. The house is 34x42, two stories, with full-size basement and a large attic. The colonial style of architecture prevails. Facing Viola avenue on the west is a large porch, the roof of which is supported by four massive rock pillars, extending five feet above the floor and capped with iron posts. The steps also are of stone. On the north side of the building is a large chipped-brick chimney ornamented with stone work. There are 14 rooms in the house, every one well-lighted and comfortably arranged. The front entrance opens into a spacious hall, with stairways and a grate or fire place. To the left of this is the parlor in the southeast corner of the house, and next to the parlor is a well-lighted dining room. These three rooms may be thrown into one. Just to the left of the fire place. and facing the north, is a library and study room with a large bay window. In the kitchen, four feet from the floor line of wainscoting extends around the room. Below this the walls are all adamant and plastered above. The bedrooms are all up stairs, and at the end of the hall on the second floor is a specially made sewing room, from which doors open out upon the second story porch.
The dwelling will be heated through out by a furnace. The walls are all lined with building paper. The bathroom is lined with adamant. Cox & Wallen have the contract for the carpenter work. The finishing work is being done by Ludwig Struck. Bert Heath built the chimneys and did the stone work. C. J. Crandall of The Dalles as the architect.
There is much more information at http://heritagedata.prd.state.or.us/historic/
LMH on 20th December 2019 @ 3:05pm