NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION WEEK
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Carol Barrett, Hank Henry and Bob Davy
"As It Was" Radio Series, Jefferson Public Radio
On September 1, 1992, listeners to Jefferson Public Radio heard the first installment of "As It Was", a radio series devoted to the history of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Since then over 1,200 original 21/2 minute programs have aired. The program began as a collaboration between the Southern Oregon Historical Society and Jefferson Public Radio, with writer/researcher Carol Barrett providing scripts, the former broadcaster and Jackson County commissioner Hank Henry reading the scripts, and Emmy award winning T.V. producer, Bob Davy editing and producing the program.
Carol hoped to tell stories that would give a sense of the colorful and varied history of the region. Drawing from old newspaper articles, historic journals and family diaries, she retold historic truths, amusing antidotes about unusual characters and covered the difficult topics such as racism and violence.
Complementing the stories is Hank Henry's rich familiar voice. Hank had a twenty-year career in radio and TV as news director with KMED-TV, and later 12 years as Jackson County Commissioner. His writing career includes a Medford Mail Tribune column "Over The Back Fence'.
Producer Bob Davy provides the studio expertise with scheduling, editing and dubbing needed to create a polished product.
Now in it's twelfth year, "As It Was" continues to bring history into our homes, offices, cars, and if you own the book...our shelves.
We thank Carol Barrett, Hank Henry, Bob Davy and the staff of Jefferson Public radio for the creation of a fun, educational and much anticipated history based radio program.
Location: 658 Siskiyou Boulevard (Hunsaker-Shepard House)
Owners: Dr. Jeff Rinkoff and Janis Rosenthal
Designer: Mike McKee
Contractor: Pat Elston
The Hunsaker-Shepard Italinate-Victorian home on Siskiyou Boulevard was built in 1888 and has long been considered one of Ashland's most historic treasurers. The home is a highly detailed single-story hipped roof home which features a detailed frieze, a projecting bay window, boxed soffits, turned porch columns and a fine brick foundation.
Until recently, the home suffered from an incompatible rear addition. Jeff and Janis worked with designer Mike McKee and builder Pat Elston to replace this addition with one which duplicates the original structure. The interior floor plan was updated to bring the home into the 21st century without a hint of new on the outside. No expense was spared to tie the new structure into the old with custom-made materials that duplicate those on the original structure.
This home is a fine example of a historically compatible addition that illustrates what can be done when the owners love and respect their historic home, and work with a skilled designer and contractor to achieve near perfection.
Location: 123 Heresy Street
Owners: Jeff and Barbara Hamlett
Contractor: Jeff and Barbara Hamlett
While the Historic Commission focuses primarily on the historic districts, today we would like to knowledge the work done on a simple 1915 house on the edge of the Skidmore-Academy District, 123 Hersey Street. Barbara and Jeff Hamlet purchased this house in 1999 and immediately began work inside and out - bottom to top. Nearly everything has been touched - electric, plumbing, foundation, roof and siding. They have reestablished the eave brackets and sloping foundation boards while rebuilding the roof and porch. The front siding is now a combination of original boards and rough textured hardi-plank. We understand friend, family and neighbors have been involved in this labor of love. Thank you for your efforts as we all benefit from your labor.
Location: 180 Meade Street
Owners: William and Jane Street
Project Designer: Colin Swales
Builder: Denton Graham
Bill and Jane Street had short-, mid- and long-term goals in mind when they set out to create an accessory unit to complement the small dwelling on their property at 180 Meade Street. In the short-term, they wanted an additional bedroom with a bath and a guest house. In the mid-term, they want a place for their daughters when they return from college, and in the long-term they feel they may need rental income to afford to live in Ashland in retirement.
They looked to Christopher Alexander's book "A Pattern Language" and Sarah Susankha's book about small houses for inspiration and to their friend, Colin Swales, for design assistance. Builder Denton Graham supported the project details.
The Historic Commission cites this modest development for its appropriateness to the neighborhood and the proponents for working with the Historic Commission in reaching a design aesthetic that complements, but does not mimic, the feeling of the existing residence.
Location: 115 Nob Hill (Stock-Easterling House)
Owner & Designer: Karen DeSantis
Contractor: Wayne Lee
The building at 115 Nob Hill retains very high historic integrity and is a wonderful example of Spanish Colonial, 20th Century Architecture. By working with the Ashland Historic Commission and Planning Staff, it was clear from the beginning the owners were very sensitive to the home and that any alterations would need to be done with a lot of thought and consultation.
Karen DeSantis, Owner, and Wayne Lee, Contractor, worked closely together to design and construct an addition that looks wonderful and protects the home's historic proportions. Karen and Wayne did an impeccable job - inside and out - by matching details, materials and textures.
The Historic Commission strongly appreciates Karen's efforts and would like to recognize Karen and Wayne for their commitment to historic preservation in Ashland.
Location: 117 Almond Street (E.T. Staples House)
Owners: Evan Archerd, Hal Dresner & Bruce Roberts
Contractor: Jay Pricer of Allegro Construction
Everyone loves a great transformation, and the E.T. Staples House at 117 Almond Street is a perfect example of the magic that can occur when commitment, talent and pure drive come together. This 1911 20th Century American Bungalow style home has faithfully served a small number of Ashland families since its original construction, and contains a number of architectural features consistent with this style, including a full-width porch, decorative tails and door and window surrounds.
The Staples house was beginning to show signs of age when acquired by Evan Archerd, Hal Dresner and Bruce Roberts in 2003. Soon after, Archerd, Roberts, and contractor Jay Pricer began the long and arduous task of bringing this former beauty back to life. The house was structurally unsound and required extensive understory work, including new pillars, posts and concrete footings. Asbestos shingles that had covered the house for decades were removed, revealing wood siding that was in near-perfect condition. Extensive renovations inside the home were completed, as well as a new kitchen and master bedroom, all very respectful of the historic fabric of this wonderful home. The final touch was an absolutely stunning contrasting paint scheme that just makes the great details of this home shine.
Congratulations to Evan Archerd, Hal Dresner, Bruce Roberts and Jay Pricer. Your efforts have given new life to a very special home, and have proven once again the power and value of historic preservation in our community.
Location: 385 Vista Street
Owners & Designers: Becky & Mark Reitinger
Contractor: Matt Bostwick
The City of Ashland Historic Commission award for Historically Compatible New Residential was unanimously voted to Becky & Mark Reitinger for the home they designed and built for themselves at 385 Vista Street.
The European influences and style of this new home harken back to a more romantic time when even newly constructed homes were inviting and beckoned to the casual passerby. This home's design and execution combine the elements and style that offer old world comfort with a contemporary straightforwardness that make it a truly compatible structure that appears to have always been in this beautiful old historic neighborhood.
The Reitingers' home was built with a high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail by General Contractor Matt Bostwick of Matt Bostwick Construction.
The quality of design, construction and choice of materials used on this project sets the standard of quality that all new construction should aspire to. This new home will be a valuable asset to the neighborhood for the next 100 years.
Location: 8 Beach Avenue (Garage)
Owners: Archie and Goergie Blake
Designer: Rick Vezie
Contractor: Mike Neely of Krumdieck Construction
The new single car garage located at 8 Beach Avenue is a collaboration between the designer and the contractor. The existing house on the site was built in 1908 by Baldwin Beach, a noted contractor and early developer of this area of Ashland.
Although this is a modest garage project in size, it is an important architectural statement by complementing the fabric of both the historic home and the Siskiyou-Hargardine Historic District. The roof form, exterior materials, building detailing and paint colors of the garage match, but do not overpower the existing home and adjacent properties.
Location: 138 North Main Street (John S. Parsons House)
Owner: Jonathan Warren
Designer: Melody Stewart
Architect: Ray Kistler
The beautiful old Queen Anne at 138 North Main Street was built in 1899. The old home is well detailed with spindle and fret-work elements, window hoods, decorative shingles and many other typical features of the Queen Anne Style. Unfortunately, over time the home languished from prosperity due to minimal up-keep and a conversion from a single-family residence to a four-unit apartment building.
When the building was purchased by Jonathan and his family, he set out to restore the home to its original appearance - inside and out. An attractive and colorful paint scheme adorns the outside of the home complimented by new landscaping and irrigation system. Inside they re-constructed the floor plan and interior moldings so that it closely resembles its original appearance, but with modern plumbing, electric and weatherization upgrades.
Once again, the building at 138 North Main Street is a very attractive building at the entry to the Downtown and one that is well deserving of this award.
Location: 322 Pioneer Street
Current Owner: Allen Carlson
Project Designer: Gary Caperna, Batzer Construction
Contractor: Batzer Construction
The Historic Commission's award for Historically Compatible Commercial Construction goes to those involved in the re-development of 322 Pioneer Street. The project started as a speculative venture to redevelop an existing iron building covered with metal siding at the corner of "A" and Pioneer Streets in the Railroad District. As soon as the ink started to dry on the plans, current owner, Al Carlson, decided to relocate the Gathering Glass Studio from a smaller space in the A Street Marketplace to this site.
Working through significant challenges such as dealing with contaminated soil and creating appropriate ADA access, project designer, Gary Caperna, of the design-builder Batzer, made successful efforts to re-use the existing structural framework, retain the aesthetic essence of the original building and adapt it into a new and vibrant commercial building.
Please join the Historic Commission in congratulating the project team for a creating a fun and compatible link between the past and present.
Location: 455 Siskiyou Boulevard - Ashland Fire & Rescue Station #1
Owners: City of Ashland - Keith Woodley, Fire Chief/Project Manager
Architects: Peck Smiley Ettlin Architects
Contractor: Adroit Construction
What started out as a small early 1900's auto service repair and gas station and later converted into a fire station is now the site of one of the most attractive buildings in the City and probably one of the most attractive fire stations on the West Coast.
Prior to the City's commitment to reconstruct the fire station, the old fire/gas station was considered by many in the community as an unattractive site with dangerous ingress and egress access. Since the building's completion, the community has embraced the building with enthusiasm. The street activity along the frontage clearly demonstrates a positive aesthetic impact as well as a financial benefit shared throughout the Downtown area.
In an age when projects of this type do not consider "human scale" design or orientation or have such recessed parking bays, they create a "missing tooth" in the Main Street façade. Also, new fire stations are typically built near the city's fringe - fragmenting any potential relationship to downtown businesses and the community. Ashland Fire & Rescue Station #1 shows vision for future developments in the City.
The Historic Commission would like to thank not only the citizens of Ashland for providing the funds to build the station, but also the Ashland City Council for providing the necessary direction and vision for our community's future.