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Property Details: Martin and Lili Foard House
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Property Information
Martin and Lili Foard House
690 17th St
Astoria, OR
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Price: $595,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Square Feet: 2,418
Lot Description/Acreage:
0.11
Year Built:
1892
Architectural Style:
Victorian
(c.1860-1900)
 
Contact Information
Name: Christy Coulombe
Agency: TOTEM Properties
Phone: 503-724-2400
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Property History
The commodious Queen Anne style house at 17th and Grand in Astoria, Oregon, was completed in 1892 for prominent business and civic leader Martin Foard, who with his wife and daughters occupied the house until moving across the Columbia River to the state of Washington in 1910.

The house is significant for its association with Foard and the succeeding owner, Byron Stone, but it is proposed for nomination primarily under National Register criterion "c," as the city's outstanding and best-preserved example of Queen Anne architecture decorated in the East lake tradition.

The East lake motifs include horseshoe-arched porch arcades, bold Union-Jack panels with central paterae, frieze panels with "propeller" and boss motifs, tongue and groove siding with beaded edges, and a sort of goffered siding with bosses, all of which are positively distinctive in the historic port city.

The Martin Foard House is located in a neighborhood of fine historic houses, three of which were earlier listed in the National Register of Historic Places: the Captain J. H. D. Gray House (1880); The Albert Ferguson House (1886); and the John N. Griffin House (1892).

According to a news story which appeared in the Daily Morning Astorian on July 22, 1892, Mrs. Martin Foard gave a Bird Party in her "fine new residence at West Sixth andArchStreets." Thus the date of construction of the house is pinpointed in late 1891 or early 1892. West Sixth and Arch Streets have since been renamed 17th Street and Grand Avenue.

Martin Foard arrived in Astoria in 1880 and promptly set up his first local business, the Fair Wind Coffee Saloon and ChopHouse. The following year, he joined in partnership with Frank Stokes and founded Foard & Stokes Groceries, a firm which expanded through the years until it became on of the leading businesses in the city.

Martin Foard soon became involved in other business enterprises. In1883, he was named chairman of the board of the Columbia Canning Company, and in 1886 he was one of the incorporators of the Alaska Packing Company. He purchased William Ryan's Paint Shop in 1896, and incorporated the Portland & Astoria Shipping and Supply Company in 1900. Foard was one of the buyers of the Bucoda Lumber Company in Washington 1903, and was named president of the Shipping Supply Company in 1904. In the same year, he was named manager of the Mutual Lumber Company of Bucoda.

Martin Foard was appointed city commissioner in 1884 and again in 1905, and served as an elected official in the; capacity in the intervening years. He also was elected to the State Board of:Pilot Commissioners in 1896, again in 1899, and in the latter year he was elected chairman of the board. He also served as a commissioner of the Port of Astoria, beginning in 1901.

 
Property Description
Presenting Astoria's most iconic painted lady! The Martin & Lilli Foard House is featured in ''America's Painted Ladies'' book and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Recipient of the Edward Harvey Historic Preservation award, this lovely Queen Anne Victorian offers a unique opportunity to live in a coveted, landmark property. The stewardship of this treasured home is apparent with tasteful restoration and thoughtful details throughout. Northwest bay windows offer picturesque views of the Columbia River from each level. A covered, wrap-around porch provides easterly views of the river and tongue point.

Last Updated: September 25, 2020
All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified.


 
 

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