Time Travel // Flavel Mansion
I just recently travelled back through time to a starkly different Astoria Oregon, 1885 when the Flavel Home was built. Home is putting it very mildly - The Flavel Mansion was constructed by a German architect, Carl W. Leick in what might be the most impressively charming Queen Anne style home I've witnessed.
** Spoiler Alert **
For those of you who have never been... for one...I'm very sorry, I still can't believe it's taken me 4 years since moving up here to visit. But for two...don't scroll through practically every room if you want to experience it in real life...
For those of you that might not already know, I love chairs. I love sofas, I love settees, I love lounges, I love stools, I love benches, I love everything that goes in to them, and I love where they come from. There are two styles I mostly identify my personality with ( weird probably, I know ) The other I will save for later, but one of which would be Eastlake. And this place was drenched in familiar embellished trims, eves, wainscoting, everything. I'm saying, as soon as I put my hand on the front door, the brass handle - gorgeous. Then stepping foot through the entry way, we were welcomed by geometric whimsy.
While I'm honestly and generally not drawn to grandeur styles with gilded matted frames or ornate details, The Flavel Mansion was charmingly simple, and felt well lived in. Stains on the rugs, tattered edges, water marks and scuffs on surfaces. It's delicate and original shutters drawn, dark, beautifully curated, the most rich in color rugs and wall hangings, the embroidery, wood working, even the door hinges.
While not every piece in the home was original, they were all re upholstered in traditional methods. Every inch of this home was a dream. Not to mention for it's time, had central heat and gas lamps through each level. Oh, and the dining room. This is so pathetic but my heart fluttered.
With my upholstery and screen printing background I'm a sucker for simple floral details in woodworking, along with printed wallpaper....so as you might imagine I lost my ever loving mind in this place.
If I could just...snack on fresh fruit from the garden and sip on gimlets with my love I would be the happiest girl on planet earth.
Despite how it might appear that we had the place to ourselves, there was a rush of families in and out so I'm very much looking forward to our next visit where I can document all of the original pieces along with the materials that went into each one. So for those of you who are local to the area, a few hours away or if you have never been, these photos do no justice. Make it your mission to get tickets to tour, some rooms are roped off but for the most part it's free reign.
To think this place was going to be demolished for a parking lot blows my mind. But the fact that it's neighbors fought to keep it, makes me so appreciative. It's a lovely piece of North West history that has everything I swoon over, and is well worth the visit.
- til next time - xo