Tuesday, March 11, 2008
ABC Wednesday - Year 2 #8
Go here if you would like to join us for ABC Wednesday. . . Mrs Nesbitt
There are a lot of historical homes preserved for our heritage history in Vancouver, Washington.
I could have showed you the Hidden House, (1863 -- L.M. Hidden moves to Vancouver to begin a life of civic contribution. His brick company has turned out more than 100 million bricks for such landmarks as The Academy and St. James Church. 1885 L.M. Hidden House is built with bricks made by his Vancouver company.)
OR the Covington House, (Covington House (log cabin) built by Richard Covington who came from London with his wife to teach children at the Fort. Oldest existing school building in the county.)
or Slocum House (1867 Slocum House is built. First elegant mansion in Vancouver. Moved one block north of its original site in 1966 to rescue it from urban renewal. Now in Esther Short Park and used for theatrical productions.)
the Padden House whom our latest freeway is named for or many others. Remember, our town just celebrated our 150th birthday of incorporation last summer but was a Fort before that.
There is a big poster in a gazebo at Esther Short Park that tells you how to get to them. Historic sites in Clark County Map
The ones I focus on today are on that map in a row on one block on Evergreen Blvd. in west Vancouver.
First is the Simpson House. . . I could find no information on this home but I wonder if it has some connection to the Simpson House Inn in California? It is next door to the other two homes I am featuring today and the architecture looks similar in some features. As you can see, it is also labeled -- without a date tho.
Then there is the Eddings House, also on Evergreen Blvd in west Vancouver. I could not find a thing about him on the internet. Guess I need to go to the museum and find out more about the historic register for Vancouver.
The last one of the three I took photos of is the Cushing-Caples House.
This house was once the home of Charles W. Cushing. He was well known in Vancouver as a talented painter of houses, signs, and carriages. The house was purchased in 1890 by John W. and Harriet L. Caples. They were employed in the fur trade; and Mrs. Caples worked as an interpreter at Fort Vancouver. During the twentieth century the house came to be known as the Fort Vancouver Seamen’s Center. This house is a fine example of the pioneer or homestead style of houses, with subtle Victorian details including the scroll work on the front porch. Built circa 1888. Listed on the Clark County Heritage Register in 1996. This property now houses a private business.
Well, there you have three historical homes on W. Evergreen Blvd. For a better detailed view, click on photos to enlarge. They will not be original size since I made them smaller to fit the collages.