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Vancouver in Clark County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

The Marshall House

 

óOfficers Row ó

 
The Marshall House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
1. The Marshall House Marker
Inscription. As part of a natural reorganization, the U.S. Army returned the headquarters of the Department of the Columbia from Portland, Oregon to Fort Vancouver in 1878. As a result, the Army funded construction of several new buildings on Officers Row, including this 1886 Queen Anne style home for the Department Commander.

The most famous individual to live in the residence, Brigadier General George Marshall, lived here with his wife, Katherine T. Marshall, from 1936 to 1938 while he was in command of the U.S. Army's Fifth Brigade and directed the regionís Civilian Conservation Corps camps.
 
Erected by Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 45° 37.637′ N, 122° 39.434′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. Marker is on E. Evergreen Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1301 E. Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Japanese on the North American Continent (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Officers Row
1937 Portrait of General Marshall from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
2. 1937 Portrait of General Marshall from the Marker
(about 700 feet away); Whose Anchor? (about 700 feet away); The Grant House (about 700 feet away); Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Officers Row (about 800 feet away); Carlton Foster Bond (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Aviation History in Vancouver (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
 
More about this marker. A picture of General Marhall adorns the upper right corner of the marker. It includes the following caption, "General Marshall, seen here at Vancouver Barracks, in 1937, went on to serve as Army Chief of Staff during World War II, then as Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State. He also served as the head of the American Red Cross. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for his efforts to reconstruct postwar Europe under the Marshall Plan." The photo was provided for use on the marker, "courtesy of Mr. Dale Denny."

The background photo is provided for the marker courtesy of the Clark County Historical Museum (negative #P81.13.3). It includes the caption:
The Marshall House image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
3. The Marshall House
Brigadier General George C. Marshall and his wife fondly remembered their stay in the Commanderís Quarters (seen here ca. 1900); “Thus began two of the happiest years of our life,.”
 
Regarding The Marshall House. Built in 1886, this Queen Anne Victorian replaced the Grant House as home for the commanding officer of the Department of the Columbia. The Marshall House enjoyed wide popularity in the 1880s and '90s as the center for sophisticated social activities in local military and civic circles. While serving as the commanding officer here from 1936-38, George C. Marshall resided in the house that now bears his name. Marshall later became U.S. Army Chief of Staff during World War II, Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. He authored the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Western Europe and the Pacific Nations after World War II. General Marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 in recognition of these efforts. Today, the Marshall House is decorated with antiques from the 1880s. It is open to the public and can be reserved for conferences, public ceremonies and social gatherings.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Marshall House. (Submitted on July 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Biography of George C. Marshall. Hosted on the The Nobel Foundation website. (Submitted on July 11, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
The Marshall House image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
4. The Marshall House
 
 
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Ground Marker on Officers Row image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
5. Ground Marker on Officers Row
George C. Marshall House, 1886
This house is named for its most famous occupant, George C. Marshall. The Marshall family lived in the house from 1936 to 1938, when they hosted the unexpected crew of the Soviet Trans-Polar flight. President Roosevelt visited in the 1930ís. The Vancouver American Red Cross headquartered here in the 1940ís, and the internationally acclaimed Nihonga Art Exhibit showed here in 1986.
Open to the Public
Donated by Vancouver Granite Works.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,515 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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