Saturday, 10 September 2016
A benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center
cottage 9: Brallier Cottage
I knew this cottage was not the one with the square tower because it was two blocks inland.
from the programme: County records indicate that Frank Brallier [for whom a street is named] purchased the lot in 1916, and the colonial Dutch style cottage was then built in 1926 by Mr. Mattson who also built the Wave Crest Hotel just next door. Rumor has it, the front room of the cottage was a store and post office. Few modifications have been made to this beach cottage over the years, and the current homeowner, who purchased the house in 1991, has endeavored to maintain the cottage’s original integrity.
The Wave Crest Inn was on a previous tour. I liked it so much it makes me happy just to see it.
Allan went upstairs on his usual mission to show me around later, through photos. I might have made it, but yesterday evening at the Slow Drag I’d had a fellow bump hard into me, trompling one foot and bending my bad knee backward, so walking between the cottages was about all I was up to today—no stairs.
I love rooms with sloping attic roofs, because from age 10-18 my bedroom and sitting room were in an attic.
When Allan returned to the main floor, I was already outside. He noticed a complete set of Foyle’s War on the shelf and struck up a conversation with the owner.
The cottage owner explained to Allan the historical photos on the wall.
Allan’s conversation continued with a tour guest whose mother had been in World War II in England. Allan came outside to get me to write down the titles of the two excellent shows we just saw about that time: The 1940s House and Home Fires.
#10: Tolovana Hall Gardens
from the programme: This beautiful garden shows Cannon Beach at its best with a beautiful array of hydrangeas, fuchsias, fern shrubs, and even a sundial. The garden is lovingly maintained by the Cannon Beach Garden Club. The Garden Club started in 1926 and will be celebrating their 90th year.
When we approached Tolovana Hall, on the east side of the main road through town, I recognized it as the place where I had attended a garden club lecture by Lucy Hardiman last autumn.
Allan noticed this map on the wall, with one of my favourite places featured. I did not notice it at all.
We would now return to cottage #6, the one we had skipped because it had been too crowded. I was still anticipating finding the cottage with the square tower, rumoured to be on this year’s tour. We hadn’t found it in the south end cottages, so I must have been mistaken about its location. It would either be among the four cottages to the north of the Tolovana Wayside…or it wasn’t on the tour after all.
We walked two blocks west down a slightly sloping road toward Pacific, the road with beach front houses. I noticed a cute set of four cottages that had been for sale last time I was here, in 2011.
And then….what did I see…as we came down the slope toward cottage #6…
I realized that cottage 6 WAS the cottage with the tower. I just had not been able to see it from the street right in front of the cottage, and I had not looked behind me as we had walked on to the next one. I went down the side block just to see the tower as I had in 2010.
Next: Perhaps the dreamiest cottage on the west coast…