It's a house out of a dream!

It's a house out of a dream!
Unknown Carpenter Gothic home

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Governor Sylvester Pennoyer's home


I ran across this wonderful image on eBay. As you can see in the photo it was the Miller & Tracy Funeral Home by the early 1920's. I did a little digging with the help of the Oregonian's Historical Archive and found an original address for that funeral home as 178 Ella Street (renamed 20th Place). Fortunately that street is really short running only about a block on either side of Burnside so it was easy to find the structure labeled "178" on the 1909 Sanborn map of the area. The structure that sits in this exact location is the Pennoyer Building which is clearly old but looks nothing like the 1880's home in the photo. After a bit of further sleuthing and I discovered that the Sylvester Pennoyer home (today named the Pennoyer Buliding) was actually built in 1888. Some intense remodeling but it's still there.....somewhere.....

6 comments:

  1. I love your e-bay image are you the new owner? I might be asking to use it for a book someday. -Tanya


    http://historicpreservationclub.blogspot.com/2011/11/today-was-thanksgiving-thanks-to.html

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    1. I don't own it (gleaned off the site).... :)

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  2. Ah yes, Governor Sylpester Annoyer, as his political opponents cleverly nicknamed him. Here's a link to more about the house, currently for sale
    http://djcoregon.com/news/2011/10/24/former-home-of-oregon-governor-for-sale/

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    1. I saw an posting from 2011 saying it was for sale. STILL on the market. If I had the money that would be a dream restoration!

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  3. Isn't this the house in the second panel?
    http://www.stumptownblogger.com/2013/01/you-will-be-hooked-on-phil-stanfords-comic-series.html

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