Historic Hood River
Field Furniture Fire
This photo from the Elaine Woolston collection shows the aftermath of a fire at Fields Furniture (now Second Wind Sports) at the corner of Second and State Streets. You can see the City Hall and gas station buildings in the background. The City Hall building also housed the fire station. If you’ll recall the building next to the old fire station on 4th Street also burned.
I’ve been told the locally manufactured brick used in the early brick buildings of Hood River was of an inferior quality. I don’t know if that contributed to this wall collapse, but it is a consideration for restoration of the first few brick buildings in the city.
The Oregon Inventory of Historic Properties gives some background on this building:
The building was constructed in 1905 by William L. Steward as a hardware store. Steward occupied the building until around 1925 when it was purchased by Kelly Bros.Hardware and Feed Store. In 1930 the west portion of the building was occupied by Tuckers Feed and Seed until around 1950. In 1932 the east portion was Doc Eby’s Food Store. He operated his business until W. H. McClain opened his furniture business in the building in 1941. McClain arrived in Hood River in 1910 from Ohio and was long time manager of Franz Furniture Store at 112 Oak Street. McClain retired in 1944 and sold the business to H. R. Field. The building is still used as a furniture store.
To update that, Van Metres Furniture closed about twelve years ago. It was replaced by an art gallery and wine bar, and now by Second Wind Sports. Also, the plaque on the building says the single story portion of the building was constructed in 1902, and the rest of the building in 1905.
If you’ve never explored the Oregon Inventory of Historic Properties it’s worth a visit. Select “Hood River”, then when you see an interesting property click on “form” and then within the form select “inventory form” to get all the good detail.