Photographs and History of early Eugene Oregon structures and locations.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The Gabriel Chrisman House
This large and imposing Italianate was built circa 1880 by Gabriel Chrisman, an attorney, Eugene Mayor and County Judge. The house in its original state (top two photos) was among if not my favorite early Eugene dwelling. A very large house for Eugene standards, composing about 12 rooms and much resembling the Hovey House in over all layout, the Chrissman house had more elaborate window trim and two polygonal bay windows. Sometime around 1905 the Chrisman's updated the pure Italianate structure into a more fashionable Colonial Revival (some would argue not very successfully), with a large wrap around porch and two covered second floor porches all with colonial columns. Just the exact time the house, which stood on the southwest corner of 10th and Charnelton was razed it not sure, but it probably came down soon after St.Mary's Catholic Church was constructed as its original site is now a parking lot for the church.