Clatsop Community College Historic Preservation students, under the supervision of their instructor Lucien Swerdloff and contractor Tim Kennedy, have scheduled a porch building workshop February 5 & 6 to replace the rotted porches on the historic U.S. Columbia River Quarantine Hospital (aka the Pesthouse).
All labor is being donated. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has awarded a $1,500 grant toward purchase of lumber for the project. Additional needed funding is coming from many individual donations. And a recent $250 grant from U.S. BANCORP FOUNDATION will help with operating expenses for our non-profit organization.
The Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Properties has been reviewed and will be met. The design will not detract from the historic integrity of the building, but will, by necessity, include some changes. Erosion of the land on the east end of the building will necessitate raising the height of those porches. Railings are now also required, but are designed to match those on the large entry porch.
A Scenic ByWay grant has recently resulted in enlarging the entrance from the highway to the museum. Heritage Signage is in the works, as well. All these improvements will make this important NW heritage site more visible and accessible for visitors.
The 'start' time is the morning of Feb. 5 and the students will work again on Feb 6. They plan to come again in the spring to finish up the porch work. The historic U.S. Columbia River Quarantine Station is located 3 miles upriver from the north side (WA) of the Astoria/Megler Bridge. The museum there is operated by an all volunteer non-profit organization the Knappton Cove Heritage Center. We are open summer Saturday afternoons or by appointment. You can check out our website: www.knapptoncoveheritagecenter.org
And just a heads-up for anyone interested. The 2005 OPB Oregon Field Guide short segment about Knappton Cove is being aired again on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 8:30 PM and repeated on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 PM.
Nancy Anderson, President
Knappton Cove Heritage Center