Sunday, August 5, 2012

Astoria: Flavel House Museum

My daughter and I went to Astoria late June. She'd not been to the coast for a couple years. Since I had 2 days vacation already planned, we went together, which is more fun and safer.  I had other plans but decided to go have fun with Megan. We had enough time late afternoon to go through this beautiful Queen Anne house of Capt. George Flavel. It was completed in the spring of 1886, his retirement home. His daughters never married.
Megan at the front door.

Spark plug that was in the carriage house, along with the sleigh (below).


Tea anyone? Beautiful formal parlor was used for special occasions only.

Stained glass above the front door.

Light fixture in the library.

Library with fireplace and bed warmer to the left of the fireplace.

Wood work through most of the house are Eastlake-influenced in design. The Douglas fir doors, mouldings and waiscoting were faux wood grained by a master craftsman to look like exotic hardwoods such as mahogany and burl rosewood.

The toilet downstairs. Megan sits on the toilet! LOL! It's a joke in our family from another trip we took together some years ago.


Becky in the main hall downstairs and a piece of furniture.

3 different lights.

The music room. Look at the candleholders.  There were 2 musical instruments here. Painting is of Capt. Flavel. He lived here with his wife, Mary, and grown daughters, Nell and Katie. The couple's son, George Conrad Flavel, was already married and lived in a house of his own.

Dining room that could seat up to 35 people.

Silver tea set,

Butler's pantry when food was finished prior to going to the guests in dining room.



One of the houses on street behind the house.

Kitchen table of the house.



This is an early kitchen aid mixer. Directions on mixer said to put water in then measure in the flour before mixing. Make bread and rolls that way, I assume.

Megan at the stove, showing a couple young girls the iron the was used to iron clothes.

Tin bath tub upstairs that was used by guests and sometimes the family. It had copper underneath to make it stronger. The wood in here is just beautiful, as it was throughout the house.

Carriage house, photo taken from upstairs window. It was built on the SW corner of the property in 1897. The family sleigh, small buggies and carriage were kept there. Later it housed their studebaker wagon.

Toys on a bed in the children's playroom.

Hallway that leads to 4 bed chambers. There is a guest bed chamber to the right, (not shown) Organ down end of hall.  Doors could be shut and locked, to keep the family safer. You were out of luck if you were visiting and someone broke in!

Pitcher and water basin in Katie's bed chamber.

Closet in Nell's room.

Small couch in Mrs. Flavel's room, where the turret was. Third floor had the look out where Capt. Flavel looked out to see ships on the Columbia River.

Desk in Capt. Flavel's room.




Megan noticed that the hinges, striker plate and door knobs all matched and had same design on stair railing. Less fancy downstairs.



A ghost? No, slow shutter speed when I shot this photo.

Looking up from outside. Such a lovely house.

Snowball bush in front of the house.

More photos of architecture.

Tower where Captain Flavel a wide view of Astoria and looked for local ship traffic on the Columbia River.  The attic is a large, unfinished area. Two small, plain bedrooms were used by Flavel's domestic help.

Larkspur outside the house.

White fuzzy flowers and the backside of the house. The basement originally had a dirt floor and contained the large wood burning furnace.


After dinner, we went to Fort Stevens State Park to get to the beach.  It was so beautiful there. Sunset light lasted awhile. This is the wreck of the Peter Iredale. Notice the sun dog on the left and sun shooting up behind the cloud.

Clouds were beautiful in this photo.

Possible Japanese  tsunami debris. Fishing net. We don't have this kind of ocean plant life.


Parting shot of the beach before going back to our motel.

5 comments:

Karen said...

What a gorgeous old mansion! So many great photos! Love the house framed in the wreath, looking out the window! It's so interesting to see the 'modern' appliances they had. Love the Kitchen Aid. Every detail of the house is so pretty. They don't make them like that anymore. Isn't it wonderful that they preserved it all so we could enjoy it. Looks like you had a good time with your daughter. That bonfire on the beach is the perfect ending! xx

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

Wow! The photos of the mansion interior remind me of the many of the old homes in Southern Maine.

Crissy said...

I love the history of those pieces and I love the house...I love your blog, I'm a new follower it's super cute. Stop on by the ATW and check out my blog www.armytankerswife.com

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Thank you for sharing all these wonderful photos of your trip. I love old architecture...the details are amazing! I would love to live in house like that. Now, I am curious too as to learning more of this family. I love to see photos of the people who lived in a place, so will google search some images of the Flavel family :o) What a wonderful way to spend time with your daughter.

Blessings & Aloha!
I am finally getting my blog visit in! Thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment.

aimee said...

Becky,
I hope your event went well today. We've been out all week in the sun with kids and grandkids so I'm home nursing a sunburn now that they have all left.
Enjoyed this post -- I love Astoria (we were just there this past week) and all its historic homes on the hillsides! It was great to see this beautiful one through your camera lens!
Blessings,
Aimee