Saturday, 10 September 2016
A benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center
Cottage 6: The House that Jerry Bosco Built (The Sea Horse)
from the programme: A firm believer in historic preservation and restoration, Jerry Bosco created this Victorian cottage in 1952 from historically significant materials. Each room is an architectural wonder, from the stained glass windows, marble floors, to a gold leafed chandelier and a “Pi R Squared” bathroom made from old Portland address tiles. Prior to his passing, Jerry established the Bosco-Milligan Foundation in Portland, Oregon to fulfill his vision of a place where his collections could be used in education and training programs.
As we approached the front door, we learned from the owner that the cottage had sold the night before for $425,000. Oh, to have been able to buy this place. (Never mind that friends pointed out the small shady yard, the neighbours’ modern house so close to the south side, and the stairs, which we will come to soon. ) We overheard that the house is only fifteen feet wide.
To the left, in the southeast corner of the cottage, is a bedroom with floors made of marble from an old Portland bank. Since I would not be easily going up and down the winding stairs, that would be my room (in my dream where I live here).
Along the narrow hallway that passes by the curved staircase, the bathroom is to the left.
On several real estate sites, I found this photo that showed how clever it would have been to step up into the closet, from where one could get a photo of the entire bathroom.
At the end of the hall, one enters the kitchen and dining room on the west side of the ground floor.
Allan went up the stairs to be my eyes. Could I have gone up? The evening before, I’d suffered a knee-bending trompling by a big fellow who wasn’t looking where he was going, so just the walking between cottages was a challenge today. I could have gone up, but I would have had to back down slowly and trepidatiously and I felt embarrassed to do so with so many people around. So I made the decision, perhaps the wrong one, to stay downstairs and count on Allan to photograph everything upstairs. “Every detail, please!”, said I. By this time, we had encountered Seaside gardener Pam and Sean, who were cottage touring in the opposite direction, so they will appear in some of the photos.
I found online some realtor photos of the tower interior:
Meanwhile, I had been looking around the outside of the cottage.
The lot and cottage to the north used to be part of the property, and when I had walked by here in 2010, the woods had been tangled and mysterious. The clearing of the underbrush is why I had not recognized this place earlier in the day.
Jerry died far too young; he was only 49. I wish he were still alive, an old man enjoying his marvelous creation.
The ceiling of the porch was a grid of paintings depicting sunrise to sunset.
Getting photos of entire rooms was not easy for us because there were many people marveling over the cottage’s every detail. For more photos, including many that show full views of the rooms, check out this real estate site. I picked the one that might be most likely to be around even after the deal closes. In case it goes away, look quickly!
We bid adieu to Pam and Sean, who were heading south while we headed north.
Next, a garden, and a modern dream home.