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Astoria in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Captain George Flavel Mansion

 
 
Captain George Flavel Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2015
1. Captain George Flavel Mansion Marker
Inscription.

This Mansion
was erected in 1883 by
Captain George Flavel,
Pioneer Columbia River Bar Pilot
and business leader

The family home for fifty years,
this property was presented to Clatsop County
by his great granddaughter,
Patricia Jean Flavel
as a memorial to
The Flavel Family
of Astoria

restored as a historical museum by The Clatsop County Historical Society in 1951

 
Erected 1951 by The Clatsop County Historical Society.
 
Location. 46° 11.285′ N, 123° 50.095′ W. Marker is in Astoria, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker can be reached from 8th Street south of Duane Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the main staircase, near the front entrance to the subject house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 441 8th Street, Astoria OR 97103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Flavel Trees (within shouting distance of this marker); Astoria & Warrenton (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossroads of Cultures (approx. 0.2 miles
Captain George Flavel Mansion Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2015
2. Captain George Flavel Mansion Marker (wide view)
away); Clark Gable (approx. ¼ mile away); Harvesting River & Sea (approx. ¼ mile away); At Play on the River (approx. ¼ mile away); Built by Capt. Hiram Brown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gimre's Shoe Store (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Astoria.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a metal tablet mounted on a large, rough-cut boulder
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Flavel House Museum.
As one of the best preserved examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Northwest, the Flavel House survives today as a landmark of local and national significance. The house was built in 1884-85, for Captain George Flavel and his family. The Captain, who made his fortune through his occupation as a river bar pilot and through real estate investments, built the Flavel House as his retirement home at the age of 62. The Flavel House has been restored to accurately portray the elegance of the Victorian period and the history of the Flavel family. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Captain George Flavel Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2015
3. Captain George Flavel Mansion
 

2. The Flavel House.
The Flavel House has six fireplaces, each unique with decorative tiles, ornate hand- carved mantels, and a patterned firebox designed for burning coal. Master craftsmanship was used on the wooden mantels and throughout the mansion. One mantel is graced with stuffed birds under glass. This was the retirement home of Captain George Flavel, who had it built from 1884-1886. He lived in it with his wife, Mary Christina Boelling, and two of their children, Nellie and Katie. George Conrad, their son, was married and living in his own home. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Flavel Family Mystery Unsealed.
Every step into the former home of Mary Louise and Harry Flavel grew stranger and stranger at 15th Street and Franklin Avenue Friday, living up to every bit of the 20-plus years of hype and mystery surrounding the mansion that’s created a following and a source of intrigue. “I grew up in the neighborhood and Harry was kind of like our Boo Radley from ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ We always wondered what was behind that door,” said City Councilwoman Karen Mellin. More than a year after the derelict building ordinance was adopted by the city, Mayor Willis Van Dusen, Community Development Director Brett Estes, Building Inspector Jack Applegate and Astoria Police Chief Peter Curzon gained access
Captain George Flavel Mansion (<i>front entrance - east side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2015
4. Captain George Flavel Mansion (front entrance - east side)
to the home after exhausting all avenues to find the last-known remaining Flavel, Mary Louise, who had lived in the home with her mother Florence and her brother Harry until a mysterious day in 1990. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

4. George Flavel.
As a young man in 1849, George Flavel made his way to Astoria after a stint as captain of the brig John Petty. He sailed around Cape Horn and spent time in California during the Gold Rush years. As a result of his work as a sea captain and businessman, he was one of the richest men in Oregon. He is remembered for his generosity but also for his efforts to make the City of Astoria an important shipping, salmon canning, trading, timber, and real estate center on the West Coast. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. ArchitectureMan-Made Features
 
Captain George Flavel Mansion (<i>patio woodwork detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2015
5. Captain George Flavel Mansion (patio woodwork detail)
Captain George Flavel Mansion (<i>south side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2015
6. Captain George Flavel Mansion (south side)
Captain George Flavel Mansion (<i>east side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2015
7. Captain George Flavel Mansion (east side)
Captain George Flavel Mansion Marker (<i>turret detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2015
8. Captain George Flavel Mansion Marker (turret detail)
Captain George Flavel Mansion Marker (<i>north side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2015
9. Captain George Flavel Mansion Marker (north side)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on January 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7, 8, 9. submitted on February 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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