History

A friend came across a local book that described the features and significance of historical houses in the area.  He copied these pages and gave to Ben the other day.  (Thanks, Trevor!)  This information was prepared August 1990.

The historic name: Charles Lindstrand House

Architectural style: Late Victorian

Present physical appearance: This two story home has clapboard siding and building end boards. The cross gabled roof features boxed cornice, return eaves, frieze and brackets. The front, center of the home is extended forward and features two, two sash, double hung windows on the first and second floors. On the ground floor, single, double hung windows with plain molding are found at the house corners.  The end boards fan into a decorated triangular overhang above these windows.  A porch stoop is placed on each side of the front extension.  They have truncated hipped roofs and columns.  On the right stoop is a single, double hung window with plain shelf molding, on the left is the front entry with rectangular glass door with lower wood panels.  A single story addition is placed on the house rear.

Construction date: 1903*

Architect: unknown

Builder: Fred & John Ayer

Significance: This house was built in 1902 by Fred & John Ayer, for Charles W. Lindstrand, who came to America from Sweden in 1890, at the age of 21.  he began work at a mill & lived in a lumber camp cabin, doing his own cooking & housekeeping.  In 1902 he began working as a mill carpenter at Korbel.  It was at this time that he commissioned the building of this house, complete with extensive exterior ornamentation.  In 1910 he sold the house to Edward P. Worthington, whose family lived here for many years.  In the 1970’s the house was being restored when fire destroyed the second story, but it has since been rebuilt, & is a fine example of late Victorian Architecture.  Notice the similarities to this house and in the Ayer House (#19).  Both were built by Fred & John Ayer.**

*Wait a minute!  1903?  Not 1893?

**And which house is the Ayer house?  Structurally, our house is similar to the DeMarks’ house, but their house is prettier with all the lovely trim and exterior ornamentation (where is ours?), and of course their house has no vinyl siding, cinder block front steps, or chain link fencing.

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