Thursday, August 1, 2019

This Old House: Martha's Favorites

The Benton County Historical Museums exhibit “This Old House” closes Saturday.  There are a lot more interesting old houses in Benton County.  There are several ways you can see more of these houses.  You could go on a free Historic Homes Trolley tour offered at 1:00 on Saturdays during August. To get more information and to make a reservation call 541-757-1544.  Walking tours are often offered during historic preservation month (May). The museum also has many more photographs than could be included in the exhibition.  Here are some of my favorites.

The Biddle house (6th and Harrison) is a good example of a Gothic Revival house. The second photograph is a close-up showing the gable detailing typical of this style.

Tudor Revival houses such as the Bexell house at 3009 NW Van Buren also have steep roofs but not the elaborate carvings. 
The Wilson house has some of the elaborate spindle work and other “gingerbread” that make Queen Anne style houses fun to look at.

There a number of Italianate houses in Corvallis, but I like this photograph of the James and Mary Martin Italianate house in Irish Bend. 
Craftsman style houses have a more horizontal profile than the types above. Many are one story or have a dormered half story like the Hartsock house.
Riding or walking around Corvallis, you can see many other examples of craftsman style houses.  However, probably the most common style here is the ranch house. It seems like most of the houses north of Buchanan Street are one-story ranch style homes. Once you enter the hillier sections of town, you start to see more split-level ranches.

My own house is what's called a bi-level or raised ranch.  There's a rather traditional ranch style house on top of a garage and lower level living space that's half underground. This type also works well on a sloping lot. 

By Martha Fraundorf, Volunteer for Benton County Historical Society, Philomath, Oregon 

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