National Historic Registry
When you apply for a building to be added to the National Registry of Historic Places you must document the history and integrity of the building itself and demonstrate that the building has played a significant role in the history of a region or a time.
The Mountain House property was a well known part of the stagecoach era in Southern Oregon, but its earlier history was unclear. And the building itself was confusing. It had obviously been built in two stages, but the smaller section in the back seemed like a later addition to the larger front structure.
We turned to George Kramer, a noted preservationist who specializes in this area, and he took on the task of applying to the Registry, together with Kay Atwood, a local historian. Their research established that the Mountain House had been built some years earlier than anyone had realized and was, in fact, the "oldest single property of any sort known to survive in Jackson County." And to our surprise, they proved that the smaller section at the back of the farmhouse (shown above, and in this 1870's photo)
was the original building, which had been lifted off its foundation, then moved back and reoriented when the larger front volume was added 35 years later.
We were honored when the Mountain House was accepted onto the National Registry in 2004. We hope that our guests will enjoy the remarkable degree to which it has remained intact, its classic Western farmhouse style, and its "strong association with the settlement of Southern Oregon."