Astoria in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Custom House Reconstruction
Reconstruction methods and tools duplicated those of the original construction. Hand hewn logs formed the sill. Mortise and tenon connections created joints. Materials used included rough cut full dimension studs, hand-planed siding, flooring, and molding; square nails; and a lath and plaster interior with cow hair mixed in the plaster.
This historic reconstruction was accomplished by Gregg and Linda Whitehead of Turner, Oregon and Allen Nelson of Albany, Oregon. They used the writings of Customs Officer John Fox and a handful of turn-of-the-century photographs as resources.
The reconstruction was funded by a grant through the Federal General Services Administration.
Erected by City of Astoria.
Location. 46° 11.568′ N, 123° 48.336′ W. Marker is in Astoria, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker is on Leif Erikson Drive (U.S. 30) near 34th Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3455 Leif Erikson Drive, Astoria OR 97103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Imagine the Scene: Astoria's Custom House - 1849 (here, next to this marker); First on the Pacific: The Astoria Custom House (a few steps from this marker); Fire Station No. 2 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Columbia River Bar (approx. ¾ mile away); Pilot Boat Peacock (approx. ¾ mile away); A Great Artery of Transportation (approx. one mile away); A Waterfront at Work (approx. one mile away); Into the Unknown (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Astoria.
Also see . . . Historic Building Repair: Greeg Olson. Gregg's work in historic preservation has been ongoing since 1972. What follows are some highlights of the projects, including each stucture's original date. Watch for this photo link: There are also some additional text links to related websites. (Submitted on February 7, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 7, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.