Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Royal House



This beautiful Queen Anne-style house sits along the west boundary of Bush Pasture Park.

The following information is from the Salem Historical Quarterly website:

"In 1882 the Rev. James H. B. Royal bought the whole block across from Bush’s pasture for $900. The house was built by Emma’s brother, Holly Austin Cornell. It had to be large enough to accommodate boarders as Rev. Royal was blind and could not work. Most of the boarders were teachers at the Lincoln School, where St. Paul’s Episcopal Church now stands. The house was purchased by Dr. James Moore in 1909 and a letter written in 1973 by his daughter contains memories of her childhood there. The letter was sent to Don and Verna Johnson, owners at that time who remodeled the house finding family records of previous tenants wedged in the bricks of the living room fireplace. The present owners have carefully preserved historical records of the house."

[edit] Nadine & Roger Heusser are the current owners and have cared for the house since 2001. Thanks goes to Ron and Jill Le Blanc who are credited with it's restoration. [Thanks to Stephanie Matlock Allen of the Salem Heritage Network for this additional information.]

25 comments:

Hope said...

It's a gorgeous home, beautifully restored. Your photos capture is beauty so well!

Hilda said...

Beautiful! And how wonderful of the current owners to so lovingly restore it.

Boise Diva said...

And how fun to live in a "royal house."

Lois said...

Nice!

Kate said...

What a charming house! You photographed it beautifully and added some wonderful historic information.

Carole said...

It is a gorgeous house. I used to want to own a house like that, but having remodeled two others not nearly that old, I've come to the conclusion, too much work. lol

These days I simply admire the architecture.

Stephanie Matlock Allen said...

The owner of the house, Nadine & Roger Heusser, asked me to thank you for the beautiful blog post, Nadine also said that the people who restored it were Ron and Jill Le Blanc, and that the Heussers have owned and cared for it since 2001.

istanbuldailyphoto said...

I wonder if this house architect. a nice house.

Blognote said...

This is a beautifully restored home, Jill, and you captured its atmosphere and character perfectly well.

Fio said...

Just fabulous :)

JM said...

So pretty! It looks like a doll house.

valeria said...

-what a beautiful home! It's so american... I love its colors...

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