"Being considerate of others will take children further in life than any college degree." ~ Mariah Wright Edelman

 

WARM HEARTS, SNOWY LANDSCAPES & COZY AFTERNOONS

Although cold and somewhat gloomy at times, this season has its special appeal as the busy pace of the holidays is behind us. The new year gives us time to reflect on and give thanks for all the happy memories we've created ~ with new ones to look forward to in 2018.

Now, there is time to enjoy the pristine snow-covered countryside ~ like the scene here with sister-in-law Jan, niece Isabel, their doggies, Dougie and me. January and February are the perfect months for gathering with friends for cozy fireside dinners or spending a morning catching over steaming coffee at a local bakery.

With Valentine's Day in mid-February, this holiday reminds us all to share with our sweethearts how very much they mean to us. How wonderful to celebrate a holiday that's all about LOVE!

 

"THE HEART OF WINTER" collection below celebrates Valentine's Day and winter scenes that fall between New Years and early spring. You'll find 22 paintings of settings from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. They include Carefree, Arizona and Washington's Mount Spokane with its nearby namesake city plus the Western Washington communities of Redmond, Port Townsend and Snohomish. Historical details are included as well as web sites where available. ENJOY!

 

15 RECENT WORKS ~ Click here on the NEW 2018-2017 Art Collection pdf to see thumbnail images of all 15 paintings completed this year and last. Some are part of "THE HEART OF WINTER" collection below ~ with others scattered throughout the Puget Sound, Spokane & More Paintings pages.

PITTYPAT GALLERY ~ CLOSED ~ From January through April, my gallery is CLOSED. Late winter and early spring is my creative time when I'm working on design projects, renovating my gallery, planning my upcoming season ~ and of course, painting NEW canvases to add to my collection.

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OVERVIEW OF THE 22 PAINTINGS ~

 

HAPPY HEARTS DAY 4 Paintings Honoring This Heartfelt Holiday (Settings include Snohomish, Port Townsend, Spokane, WA and Carefree, AZ)

"PRETTY PURPLE PALACE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MAY 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The delightful Allen House, located at 224 Avenue A in Snohomish, shines as a magical study of how to create intricate detail beautifully.

Built in 1856, this was one of the earlier Victorians I found in the Snohomish Historic District that inspired me to paint it. The community is a short hour drive north of Seattle.

Embellished with an ornamental wrought iron raillng that ran across its roofline and second-story balcony, the home featured an imaginative color scheme of unexpected purple and Ceylon green with touches of cream. Later, this residence was given with a new color scheme, but I’ve always loved this unique one ~ which added to the inspiration to create its portrait.

A brick and masonry wall framed the garden, which was in full spring bloom at the time I was working on this artwork.

Highlight ~ I included my dear friends Robin Westbrook, Marcia Naeseth and sister-in-law Holly Ward decorating the Victorian with a garlands of hearts to honor Valentine’s Day.

"PUSSYCAT PALACE (Detail)" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2005 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This ornate, diminutive two-story residence, located at 921 Clay Street in Port Townsend, was built in 1889 by Mrs. George (Emma) Balthrop upon the passing of her husband. George Balthrop's parents were early business people in the picturesque little seaport community where Emma managed their book and variety shop.

Emma had this pretty decorative home constructed to replace the couple's earlier home. Remarkable were its beautiful leaded glass windows and delicate architectural details ~ found both inside and out.

With the second story balcony above the front porch, the house was a shining example of “Italiante Villa” architecture, which inspired the "Palace" title of this painting. What was most remarkable about the house was not its style, bur how small it was within the "villa" genre.

Highlight ~ I gave this romantic piece a cottage-rose theme and featured our Burmese-Siamese kitties Andy and Sophie lounging in the oak tree in the foreground (only one cat is visible in this detail of the artwork).

"DELIGHTFUL DINING AT THE CAMPBELL HOUSE" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This painting portrayed the Amasa Campbell House’s formal dining room. This room was roomy enough for large dinner parties ~ 20 by 25 feet ~ and featured a table that could expand to seat up to twelve, a grand buffet, a fireplace of Delft-style tiles and six large windows overlooking the grounds in the back of the home. This was the scene of many elegant dinner parties, although it served the small family of three as well (Amasa, wife Grace and daughter Helen).

To the right of the fireplace was the door to the butler’s pantry, which opened on to the kitchen for serving. This closet-sized room was where the china, crystal, silver and table linens were stored. It also had a sink for quick on-the-spot rinsing.

I gave this artwork a Valentine’s Day dinner party theme with delicate heart streamers intertwined with the chandelier and fresh pink tulips and carnations as the floral centerpiece  ~ a welcome holiday during Spokane’s long dark winters.

Highlight ~ When the family required a servant to attend to their needs, they discretely pushed a small button located beneath the tabletop.

"THE ENGLISH ROSE TEA ROOM" (CAREFREE, AZ • AUGUST 2007 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Situated in the heart of beautiful Carefree, Arizona, the English Rose Tea Room (CarefreeTea.com) provided authentic English cuisine in a truly unique and exquisite Victorian atmosphere. From a simple scone with Devon Cream to “The Duchess of Bedford’s Formal Afternoon Tea,” there was something for every discerning guest’s palate.

Generous attention was given to replicate the true feel of a formal English Tea Room as the owner/proprietor of this space, Jo Gemmill, spent much of her life in England. The style she created in her tea room was soft, feminine, romantic and authentic.

Seated in their heart-backed chairs were longtime friends and associates Beverly, Fara and Natasha. I pictured Jo as the perfect hostess about to welcome guests.

Highlight ~ Adjacent to the tea room pictured here, Jo ran a gift shop filled with dozens of authentic English teas, a huge selection of teapots and other one-of-a-kind gift items.

 

 

COZY PLACES WE LOVE ~ 6 Uniquely Cozy, Relaxing Winter Settings (Settings include Redmond, Snohomish & Spokane 2 NEW!)

"GINGERBREAD BOYS AT BILL BROWN'S" (REDMOND, WA • JULY 2013 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

William “Bill” Brown was one of Redmond’s most popular, longest serving mayors (1919 through 1948). After Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates, he is probably the figure who exerted the most influence over this Eastside community.

Among his many business interests in the small logging and mining town, he built a large square brick building in the center of downtown which housed a bar, sofa fountain, barber shop and mortuary on the main level and a dance hall on the second floor with cells for “ladies of the evening” positioned all along the south side of it. Being far removed from the Seattle area allowed Brown to run "his town" town as he saw fit.

From 1924 to 1932, he also served as King County Commissioner. In 1916, Brown married Laura Duffy and built this charming craftsman-style cottage for the couple. In later years, the cottage went on to house a number of small businesses ~ from a hugely popular café to a bookstore to a candy company.

Highlight ~ Even though this little shingle bungalow has worn many hats, its interior has retained much of the warm cozy feeling it had when first constructed.

"SOUTH HILL SNOWMEN (ROCKWOOD BAKERY)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2016 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Three whimsical snowmen punctuate the winter portrait of this beloved icon a half block east of Manito Park on Spokane’s South Hill.

Whether the weather was chilly as pictured here or warm for al fresco dining on the deck of the historic 18th Avenue setting, the Rockwood Bakery has always been full of loyal patrons.

For folks with a sweet tooth and discerning love of good coffee and tea, from the day it opened, the Rockwood Bakery has been a favorite.

When my sister’s fiancé was working on the hardwood floors in our nearby vintage bungalow, he and his team breakfasted here every single morning.

Highlight ~ The structure once served the neighborhood as a small grocery store in the early 1900s and was the first market to offer its customers meat lockers to freeze their large quantity purchases.

NEW! "LATTES AT LINDAMAN'S" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2017 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Lindaman’s Bistro (Lindamans.com) has always been a favorite gathering spot for folks living on the South Hill and beyond.

Located on 13th and Grand Boulevard south of Saint John the Evangelist Cathedral (its spires visible in this artwork), this beloved bistro opened in 1984. Many thought it was an old outbuilding of the church, but the modest structure was built in about 1910 to house the Triesch Bros. Mercantile. Peter Triesch was my friend Sara Weaver-Lundberg’s grandfather. Peter's wife Mary Triesch shared stories of the employees watching the huge church rising from the property in 1925.

Later, the mercantile’s name was changed to Summit Supply Co. Although a rather plain building by most masonry standards, the front of the structure was blessed with some unique decorative patterns in its brickwork.

Highlight ~ This cheerful scene was painted as a gift for owner Merrilee Lindaman.

"COZY CABBAGE PATCH" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2010 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Built in 1905, this two-story Victorian beauty once served as a boarding house and an antique store filled with unique Native American artifacts.

In 1975, it opened as The Cabbage Patch Inn (CabbagePatchRestaurant.com). A few short years later in 1978, Sandra McCutchan purchased it, began expanding its services and building the restaurant’s reputation. At that time, her Aunt Joan was upstairs baking goodies for her niece’s establishment (like raspberry cream pie) nearly every day of the week.

Sandra became known for specializing in “comfort” homemade favorites served in cozy settings. This included the Garden Room in the rear of the restaurant that she created from what had been the back porch.

A fire very nearly destroyed it, but Sandra rebuilt and reopened the Cabbage Patch, much to the delight of both locals and visitors to this friendly community known for its huge selection of antique stores and fine restored historic residences.

Highlight ~ Rumor had it that more than one ghost haunted the building.

"GATHERING AT THE GRANGE" (HAPPY VALLEY, REDMOND, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2009 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

I completed this portrait of #322 Happy Valley Grange in honor of its 100th birthday. Founded in 1909, the clapboard structure was built in the rural pocket of small farms in Happy Valley just east of Redmond.

The grange had just been given a “sprucing up” inside and out when I painted the evening mid-winter scene. It shows me and fellow artists, potters and other creators unloading our work for a holiday arts & crafts fair.

The grange was the ideal setting for this event as it was adjacent to a bustling farm that catered to the neighborhood on the hill above. Two artists created the friendly snowman who kept us company that chilly winter night.

Highlight ~ One of Hollywood's most famous and accomplished actors spent his youth growing up on a farm in Happy Valley. Gary Cooper lived here until his family relocated to Montana.

"AUTUMN AT ART IN BLOOM (D.C. CORBIN HOUSE)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2017 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Kirtland Cutter designed and built this Colonial Revival mansion for D.C. Corbin on Seventh Avenue just east of his son’s more elegant home in 1898. D.C. led a simpler life than Austin who was famous for his extravagant parties and balls. The only social event hosted by D.C. was an annual display of fireworks on Independence Day.

Decades later, this three-story opened its doors as the beloved Corbin Art Center. Managed by the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, over the years, dozens of instructors have taught art classes there with additional special activities for chldren during the summer months.

This piece pictured Friends of The Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens volunteers and fine artists preparing for Art In Bloom ~ an annual fundraiser pairing fine floral arrangements with local artists’ works to benefit the gardens and art center.

Highlight ~ A unique feature of this property was “the folly” constructed behind the house ~ a popular garden feature begun in Europe and was very popular during the last two centuries.

 

 

LET IT SNOW! ~ Skating and Skiing Scenes (Settings include Port Townsend, Spokane and Mount Spokane)

"SKATING SERENADE (FRANK HASTINGS HOUSE)" (REDMOND, WA • DECEMBER 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 16X20-INCH)

I was inspired to paint this large snow scene (a 16x20-inch canvas) years ago after touring Port Townsend's Historic District in the mid-1970s. The quaint, lovely seaside port community has always been an inspiration and I have completed over a dozen paintings honoring this picturesque destination.

One of my favorite Queen Anne's there with the three-story “German Consulate” (OldConsulateInn.com) pictured here (also known as the Frank Hastings House). I planned the entire painting around it.

After positioning the mansion, I added a few imaginary structures and other details to the scene ~ railroad tracks, a whimsical Victorian one-room train depot, white clapboard church and a New England-style covered bridge. I pictured skaters twirling on the ice, sleighs filled with riders slicing merrily through the snow and positioned snowmen here and there around the landscape.

After I finally finished this winter scene, I later completed a second smaller piece, “Cozy Consulate B&B,” that focused just on the mansion. I gave the second piece a spring theme with pots filled with impatiens on the porch and alyssum and petunias in the gardens.

Highlight ~ This ambitious piece took well over 250 hours to complete over a span of ten years.

"VISTA HOUSE VIEW" ~ (MOUNT SPOKANE STATE PARK, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This artwork portrayed the historic Vista House on a gorgeous sunny day with friends, family and a group of eager young S.S.R.A. racers (Spokane Ski Racing Association) in the scene.

Located at the summit of Mount Spokane (MountSpokane.com) near the top of the #1 chairlift, this unique granite stone cottage was the design of Spokane architect, Henry C. Bertelsen.

It was built during the Great Depression in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) who was headquartered at Riverside State Park on Spokane’s North Side.

It was constructed to blend with its stunning, natural setting. Renovated in 2002 by Mount Spokane State Park, once again it opened its doors to the public on Sundays and holidays, offering light fare and a huge, friendly fireplace.

Highlight ~ My niece Isabel (pictured in the photo at the top of this page) and nephew who were youngsters when I painted them into this piece in the foreground, are about to head off to college.

"CAVORTING ON CANNON HILL POND" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JULY 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Cannon Hill Park was created just west down the hill from Saint Augustine’s Parish where I attended grade school. There was little property for playgrounds in the 1950s-60s, so in winter, the 6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders were allowed to skate on the pond during recess. The boys played hockey and the girls twirled and skated backwards (we all dreamed of joining the “Ice Capades”).

The site of the Washington Brick & Lime Co. in the 1880s (used for many South Hill homes), when the clay deposits ran out, the Adam’s family (relatives of John Quincy Adams) donated 13 acres for Adams Park, later named for real estate developer A.M. Cannon.

In 1910, the famed Olmsted brothers designed the park, including a large pond with basaltic rock bridges, two pergolas and a wading pool for children ~ no longer in place.

This work is filled with family and friends ~ including the Roberts, McCarthy and Shelledy kids. The Shelledys lived in the brick two-story shown overlooking the pond.

Highlight ~ I've always loved this picturesque neighborhood filled with truly lovely homes. To date I've not only painted this pond, but five of the residences that overlook it.

"HISTORIC FRANCES COOK CABIN" ~ (MOUNT SPOKANE STATE PARK, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2014 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This piece portrayed Francis Cook’s Cabin, which was built in 1904 on the west side of Mount Spokane (MountSpokane.com) overlooking the Spokane Valley. Francis Cook was known as the “Father of Mount Spokane State Park.” When he died in 1920, he transferred his considerable property there to the county with the understanding that it would be a park for everyone to enjoy.

In 1933, the State Parks & Recreation Commission oversaw the enlargement of his original cabin. They replaced the collapsed roof, built a deck and lunch counter for skiers and added living quarters for the park’s superintendent.

In 1940, Federal funds built a handsome new ski lodge near the cabin, but a horrific fire destroyed it completely in 1952. A decision was made to move the facilities to the less windy east side of the mountain and the Cook Cabin public ski area closed for good in 1955.

Highlight ~ The area where these two historic settings were located decades ago has become a favorite area for exploring by hikers.

"FUN & FROLIC AT THE MANITO FIREPLACE" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2006 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

At the west end of the Manito Park’s Duck Pond (also known as Mirror Lake), a massive basaltic rock fireplace was built in 1955 as a memorial to Lt. Lawrence Rist, an Air Force officer who was killed in action in the Korean War.

For decades growing up in Spokane, my parents took our family ice-skating during the winter months on Manito Pond. At that time the city and local fire department took pains to keep the surface smoothly groomed for skaters. There was nearly always a fire blazing for folks who were chilled and in need of warming up and lots of hot chocolate.

I filled this scene with my family and friends enjoying the day. Included are the NIchols family whose home "Whispering Pines on the South Hill" is pictured below in the next section.

Highlight ~ The Friends of Manito stewardship (TheFriendsOfManito.org) organization recently paved the long-time gravel pathway that bordered the pond, creating a much more user-friendly walkway for folks to enjoy in all seasons.

"THE OLD MOUNT SPOKANE SKI LODGE" ~ (MOUNT SPOKANE STATE PARK, WASHINGTON • PAINTED JANUARY 2013 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Opened in 1940, the Mount Spokane (MountSpokane.com) Lodge was a huge upgrade to original developer’s Francis H. Cook’s rustic cabin. It served the fledgling ski area of Mount Spokane State Park with dining rooms, fireplaces, a lounge, dormitory and a waxing room for skis (pictured above).

In 1952, this handsome Craftsman-style lodge was about to reopen with a sprawling three-story addition when it exploded into flames, killing one of two on-site workmen and leaving nothing but ashes and rubble.

As nearly everything was gone, a decision was made to move the ski area to the less windy east side of the mountain for the public to use going forward.

Highlight ~ During World War II, the lodge served personnel from nearby military bases. The Alpine ski instructors were German and Austrian internees paroled to the FBI in Spokane for the duration of the war. (Image courtesy of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture.

 

 

HOME SWEET HOME IN WINTER ~ Beautiful Houses to Get Cozy in on a Chilly Winter Day (Port Townsend, Snohomish and Spokane, WA)

”NINTH AVENUE ~ ICE SKATER'S BALL (COMSTOCK-SHADLE)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2004 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Spokane has always been a sports lovers’ playground during the snowy winter months. With snow on the ground for several months, skiing, sledding and ice-skating topped the list.

Several city ponds and nearby lakes scattered throughout Spokane County froze over whenever the temperatures dropped into the teens, some with huge stone outdoor fireplaces for hardy outdoor merrymakers ~ thus the “Ice Skater Ball” theme.

I pictured my husband and me on the frosty front walkway flanked by a friendly snowman with ice skates dangling from his arms. Notice the frozen pond and blazing fire behind the mansion.

Highlight ~ This handsome Tudor Revival house was one of four similar Comstock-Shadle family homes on Ninth Avenue. Acclaimed architect Willis A. Ritchie, who also designed the ornate Spokane County Courthouse, created the plans for this mansion built in 1910 for James and Elizabeth Comstock.

"SHIMMERING SNOWFALL ON CANNON HILL (HAWLEY HOUSE)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2016 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 11x14-INCH)

Designed by Whitehouse and Price, this pristine Colonial Revival-style clinker brick residence was built on the corner of Stevens and Shoshone in 1926 overlooking Cannon Hill Pond. History suggests that Hawley owned an oil company and he had this home created for his family. A later noteworthy resident was Dr. Harcus of Harcus & Aspray Radiologists, Spokane’s first large radiology practice.

In December 2016, the then owner purchased the original painting as a Christmas gift for her husband. She had just given the place an extensive “facelift” as they had plans to list it for sale in spring 2017. She had spent 30 years there raising her children, all of whom were gone. A new family with young children purchased the place, with memories of their own to create.

I gave this artwork a skating theme. Spokane always enjoyed four distinct seasons, so in winter, Cannon Hill pond frequently froze, beaconing folks of all ages to spend the day on the ice. Girls twirled and did their best to skate backwards without losing their balance while boys engaged in some very spirited hockey matches.

Highlight ~ In the 1950-60s, older students from nearby Saint Augustine’s School spent lunch hours on the ice as there was a shortage of playground in those days.

”SNOW-COVERED CRAFTSMAN" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2015 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This artwork was a creative reworking of a detail of the “Fine Fall Finish” large “neighborhood” painting (two other houses plus this one) I completed in 2010.

Needless to say, the first painting had an autumn theme, but here, I’ve converted the season to winter ~ adding twinkling stars in the early evening sky and a dusting of snow on the 1937 bungalow.

Friendly neighbors with youngsters perched on shoulders or seated on “Flexible Flyers” had stopped by for a quick “hello” on their way to Manito Park’s coasting hills on Grand Boulevard. There was a treacherous, icy slope for older kids and a gentle one for much younger ones. It was dusk, so an hour or two of magical fun was still possible for all in this scene.

Highlight ~ Nearby Saint Augustine's Church was an icon in the neighborhood since September of 1950 when Pastor Stephen P. Buckley spearheaded its design and construction. Upon his retirement, Buckley purchased this bungalow and retired there with his housekeeper.

"MAKING SNOWMEN AT THE MARKS HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MAY 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

It seems like in the past couple of years, we’ve had more snow than ever in the Pacific Northwest ~ thus the snowman theme for this wintery artwork.

When I saw this unique frame and basaltic rock cottage, it made me think of the cozy home of Louisa May Alcott, author of the beloved biographically-based novel “Little Women.” Located in Concord, Massachusetts, the Alcott family home had much the same look and feel. Themes of thick quilts, mugs of fireside steaming hot cocoa and kitties sleeping on the hearth came to mind as I created this painting.

Located at 304 Avenue D (a main thoroughfare in Snohomish) this Arts & Crafts two-story was a distinct departure from other homes in the historic district. Its dark brown shingles, siding and trim, stone masonry columns, chimney and steps, plus the imaginative tiny stained glass windows really made the place stand out among the ornate gingerbread-style Victorians.

Highlight ~ Our two sons purchased homes on the outskirts of Snohomish ~ always a good reason to visit our sweet grandkids and walk the Snohomish Historic District.

"WHISPERING PINES ON THE SOUTH HILL" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MAY 2007 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Located just off Bernard Street on 21st Avenue on the hill above Cannon Hill Park, this charming French-influenced cottage sparkled like a jewel in a neighborhood filled with lots of other attractive homes.

Ponderosa pines towered in abundance on this block, filling the back yards of every home on the street, so I pictured several of them in this scene.

Sean Nichols and Anne Marie Byrd raised their two daughters in this home. During the 1900s-2000s, they were also the proprietors of the much-loved Hannah’s Garden Inn located nearby in the historic Corbet-Aspray mansion. This piece was a nod to their years as innkeepers there, so I named this painting “Whispering Pines Inn.”

In the artwork, I pictured my husband Doug and me as guests accompanied by our kitties Andy and Sophie on a crisp winter afternoon just after a fresh dusting of snow. Highlight ~ My family celebrated my mother Sally’s 80th birthday at Hannah's Garden Inn in 2007.

"BLUE HOUSE B&B" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 1986 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

I have painted this pretty two-story Victorian-style home twice ~ here as a B&B with a snowy, wintery treatment and another celebrating harvest time and Thanksgiving. J.B. Hogg, for whom the house was built at the turn of the last century, was an engineer in picturesque Port Townsend.

Remarkably, this community was once slated to be the State Capitol instead of Olympia. However, the port was deemed to be too shallow to allow deep-keeled ocean-going vessels to use it as a harbor, so the plans were changed.

I took a bit of poetic license with this piece because as far as I know, it was never an inn. Also, the structure was built on a flat lot within the Port Townsend Historic District instead of the snow-covered hilly property pictured here.

Highlight ~ When the place was sold in the 1950s, it became a rectory for Catholic priests. They significantly changed the residence, converting the area above the porch into an enclosed sleeping area.

 

 

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