NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION WEEK
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Location: 542 A Street
Owners: David Gremmels & Cary Bryant
Architects: Carlos Delgado & Tom Sager
Contractor: Jerry Nutter, Jerry Nutter Construction
The current owners, David Gremmels and Cary Bryant purchased the dilapidated building in 2000 with a vision of opening a wine and cheese bar. After researching cheeses at the Rogue Creamery, they ended up buying that business and put on hold the planned restoration project.
When local chef, Helena Darling was looking for a space to open a new restaurant and catering business, David and
Jerry Nutter has assisted the owners in minor repairs and installations of salvaged building components over the years, but the major work began after Carlos and Tom secured Planning approval for parking variances and plans for a completely new and rebuilt storefront with historically accurate details derived from old photos. The wide use of recycled and restored siding and other material throughout have created a wonderful environment full of historic character. This setting is perfect for
Location: 52 Granite Street
Owner: Neil & Lorena Harris
Contractor: Robert Burstein, Robert Burstein Construction
The National Historic Register Emil & Alice Applegate Peil house was originally built as a single story bungalow by local contractors Moyer and Van Natta for Emil and Alice Peil in 1910. It is the best surviving structure associated with the noted early
The owners initially worked with architect Rob Saladoff who suggested possible changes that could be made to restore the property. The major design work and construction was done by Robert Burstein who has previously been honored by the Historic Commission for his work. The home was originally built with a small dirt basement under the house. The biggest change to the home took place when the entire area under the house was excavated to double the square footage of the original structure and create a period appropriate addition to the home without alliterating the original appearance of the home. This new lower floor includes a family room, a wetbar/kitchen to service the outside patio barbeque, master bedroom, two baths, office, and laundry. The original house was left very much as originally constructed with only small modifications made to the floor plan. The kitchen and bath were remodeled using period appropriate materials, the original floors refinished, woodwork repaired and painted, and new light fixtures which are duplicates of originals installed. All of the plumbing, wiring and heat-air-conditioning systems were replaced. Outside the roof was replaced, stone work cleaned and re-painted, and the siding and trim restored and painted. The landscaping was all redone, raised beds added and a white picket fence built.
52 Granite is now ready for its next 100 years! It seems so appropriate that Lorena Harris is a descendant of Ashland Pioneers including the Bennett, Gidding, Million and Wimer families. The Harris’ have a turn of the century photograph of one of Lorena’s ancestors in a group with Alice Applegate Peil. I’m sure the Peil’s would be overjoyed if they could see the love being lavished on their home today!
Location: 160 Sherman Street
Owner: Jong Limb
Designer: Brint Borgilt, Nautilus Design Studio
Contractor: Kevin Shawhan, Benchmark Builders
The Galbraith-Winne House at 160
In 2005 the house was purchased by Jong Limb and, in 2008, Nautilus Design and Benchmark Builders were contracted to raise the roof, expanding the one and one-half story to a more functional two stories. The original house had one bedroom and bath on the main floor, and a sleeping space upstairs, accessible by a staircase that did not meet modern code. The expansion of the second story was a rather difficult task both in design and construction, as it was necessary to marry the original hip-roof with a new, higher hip-roof, while respecting the over-all proportion and style of the house. The entire upper part of the home was removed and the downstairs gutted. With the addition of some steel beams, Benchmark Builders was able to create a new second storey with two bedrooms and baths, accessed by a comfortable and compliant staircase. Respecting the original window placements, the downstairs remodel recreated arched wall openings and improved the spatial flow.
The result is a charming expanded home with hip-roofed dormers, multi-light windows and shingled porch that shows off the original rusticated cinder block to perfection. The new raised central portion of the second storey is shingled, visually tying it with the porch and complementing the miracle-block. The upper windows are 8-over sash that reflect the original 12-over first storey windows. In addition, the designer faithfully carried the gentle curve of the original hip lines and rafter tails into the new dormers, employing an imitative approach that correctly interprets the vernacular style while meeting the needs of a modern family.
Architect: Robert Saladof
Contractor: Matt Bostwick, Bostwich Construction
Houses, like people, sometimes experience a number of incarnations across their lifespan. The Julius P. Wolfe house located at
Current owners Daniel MacEachron and family sought to bring back the original character of the house, and enlisted the expertise of local
The entire home was carefully renovated. All new electrical and mechanical systems were added, historically incompatible additions were corrected, and wood flooring was repaired and replaced. The interior seven bedrooms on the second floor were reduced to three to again reflect the needs of a single family, and a small guest room, mud room and breakfast nook were created on the first floor. New paint and period wallpapers were added throughout the house.
The exterior and outdoor spaces of the home were completely redesigned and a pool was added to the adjacent second lot. Wonderful and private sitting spaces were created at the side and rear of the home.
The new paint scheme of the house and outbuildings was painstakingly researched and compatible trim and casing colors were chosen as the final ingredient to the rebirth of this very special home. The efforts of architect Rob Saladoff, interior designer Angela Harrasser, structural engineer Allan Goffe, general contractor Bostwick Construction and landscape architect Kerry Kencairn are remarkable, as is the commitment of the MacEachron family. Together, they have preserved a wonderful piece of
Location: Lithia Fountain in the Plaza
Owner/Contractor: City of Ashland, Public Works Department
Historic Researcher: George Kramer
Over the years, due to extensive corrosion caused by the heavy mineral content in the water and vandalism, the fountain became increasingly damaged and difficult to repair. Finally, a major incident of vandalism occurred in February 2006, in which four basins were ripped off. It was determined that the time had arrived to do an extensive repair and parts replacement. The City contracted with Galbraith and Associates and Kramer and Company to assist in evaluating options. The overall goals were to (1) replace the basins with an interest in historical accuracy, (2) reduce the likelihood of vandalism, and (3) to make the fountain easier to maintain without the use of chemicals.
The final recommendations were to make a bronze casting of the basin, powder coat them white for historical accuracy, add chrome plated bubblers that allowed the fountain to run at least 18 hours a day to reduce gas build up, and to add potable water so that each basin could be rinsed daily to avoid mineral build up. The Historic Commission enthusiastically supported the plan and $35,000 was allocated to accomplish the task.
Step by step, these recommendations were carried out. Conducting a national search, George Kramer located a ceramic basin nearly identical to the original basins in an architectural salvage yard in
This was a complicated project that required extensive time and expert supervision to complete. George Kramer commented that “This is the most complicated ten square feet I have ever worked with in my life.” The result is commendable – a working fountain that is historically accurate with the original.
Cathy DeForest and Leon Pyle
After moving to
Recently Cathy and her husband Leon Pyle have raised awareness about the historic and environmental concerns of the City’s Lithia Spring property where the Ashland Gun Club resides. They have made hundreds of citizens aware of the historic relevance of this land. Indigenous tribes used this land for thousand of years as a ceremonial and trading ground. The source of the Lithia Springs, which were so important to the founding of
Cathy and Leon continue to work with the City Council to promote the City of