Historic Hood River
This image bears a relatively modern inscription “1520 Wasco.” I think they got it right!
i don’t think I’ve seen any other views of this neighborhood in our collection. It’s fun to see three horses grazing in the size yard (one is just barely visible).
Thanks to a former owner we have some important new information. She was told by Paul Keir that this house was moved to Wasco Street from the current location of Salon Visio (Christian Science Reading Room) on Oak between 7th and 8th. This seems like an awfully long distance to drag a relatively large house, but as luck would have it we have a way to verify this story. The purported original location of this building is next door to a building we know well, the Cottage Hospital. Sure enough, the structure of the building in the background matches the Cottage Hospital, and the unusual upper level windows clinch it. This photo was taken on Oak Street before the house was moved.
So when was this house moved to Wasco Street? I haven’t found conclusive evidence yet, but the Sanborn maps a house this shape at the NW corner of 7th and Oak first in 1905 (previous map is 1902). It appears again in 1909, 1916, 1928, and 1942 (our last Sanborn map).
In the 1916 map the front porch was removed and the street was widened, likely due to the initial paving around 1913. This suggests this image is pre-1916.
I don’t have a date for construction of the Christian Science Reading Room on this site. It is not on part of the historic sites survey. I’ll have to take a look and see if it has a cornerstone.