Jacksonville in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The Britt House: Simple Frame to Cottage Gothic
Fieldstone steps and terrace walls, a bubbling fountain and goldfish-filled pond added a touch of romance to the park-like grounds surrounding the Britt house. several
Britt's surviving children, Mollie and Emil, continued to live in the ornate Victorian house after Peter's death in 1905. They kept their father's studio as a museum. Emil died in 1950 and Mollie died in 1954. The old estate was eventually turned over to Southern Oregon College in Ashland.
In 1914 Mollie and Emil discovered fire issuing from the roof of their home. Quick response by the Jacksonville Fire Department saved the residence as well as the Britts' priceless belongings. This was the first in a series of fires that would eventually consume the home.
In 1957, a flue fire sparked a blaze that damaged about fifty percent of the historic Britt home. Peter's photographic studio was destroyed. High winds fanned the flames and firemen had difficulty getting hoses through dense shrubbery and hedges of the overgrown Britt garden. Most of Britt's photographic equipment and many valuable antiques had been removed by the Southern Oregon Historical Society for safekeeping.
Disaster struck again, however, on March 16, 1960, when another fire swept through the Britt home bringing the 100 year-old house to final ruin.
Erected by Jacksonvill Applegate Rotary and Southern Oregon Historical Society.
Topics. Notable Buildings. A significant historical date for this entry is March 16, 1960.
Location. 42° 18.858′ N, 122° 58.238′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Oregon, in Jackson County. Marker is on South 1st Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville OR 97530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peter Britt: A Passion for His Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Peter Britt: Man of Culture and Commerce (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Three Trees Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Undermining the Great Depression (about 400 feet away); History Right Here - Furniture Fabrication (about 400 feet away); Britt Sequoia (about 400 feet away); China Quarter (about 400 feet away); City Hall (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 18, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.