April 7, 2017

Preservation Personals: Turn-Of-The-Century Shingle Home Seeks Luxury-Loving Pioneer

  • By: Jared Foretek

An old home and a new frontier await here in Pendleton, Oregon.

Oregon’s grown up quickly since its pioneering days, but Pendleton still offers small-town living the right way. The area first grew to prominence in the 1850s, and it was a big deal when I came along in 1902. My original owner, Dr. Cornilla Cole, was the town’s first surgeon. No longer did the people of Pendleton have to trek all the way to Portland for the good stuff like nitrous oxide and ether.

But Dr. Cole certainly wasn’t living that rugged pioneer lifestyle, so he set his Shingle-style Victorian on a corner lot up on a hill, visible from downtown Main Street and fronted by three stone retaining walls to match my foundation.

The grandeur continues inside, where I feature five bedrooms, four bathrooms, three kitchens, and three dining rooms. Totaling more than 5,200 square feet, I also feature a parlor, two sitting rooms, and a movie room. Naturally, I’ve been broken up into apartments before, but I’d also make a great bed-and-breakfast, or just a really big house for a really big family.

A number of period furnishings are also available, but I’ve been updated with all the modern amenities you need, like a new gas furnace in the basement, a jetted tub in the main floor bathroom, and a completely remodeled kitchen.

Outside, landscape maintenance is a joy now that some simplifying modifications have been made, so you can tend to the garden with ease before relaxing on the front porch.

Just a short walk over the Umatilla River you’ll find Pendleton’s lovely Main Street with shops, restaurants, breweries and more. Find out more here.

Oregon Victorian Exterior

photo by: Keith May

Pendleton, Oregon 97801.

Oregon Victorian Dining Room

photo by: Keith May

My formal dining room is just one of three dining areas in the house.

Oregon Victorian Parlor

photo by: Keith May

Many period pieces are available for purchase with the home.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.


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