1875 Gothic Revival – Roseburg, OR – $92,000

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National Register
Added to OHD on 11/30/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/27/19   -   17 Comments
236 SE Stephens St, Roseburg, OR 97470

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  • $92,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2424 Sq Ft
  • 0.28 Ac.
National Historic Register Rast House is gothic style. The 4 BR, 1 BA home was built in 1875 and has 2424 SF. This T-shaped building features steep pitched gable roof and wide eaves with gingerbread trim. This house has been in the same family since it was built and is a piece of Roseburg''s unique history.
Contact Information
Patricia Cooper, Century 21
(541) 673-4417 / 541-580-1352
OHD Notes
Snippet from the National Register report: "The Rast House is a one and one half story wood frame house in the Gothic style. The T-shaped building has a major front-facing wing with steeply-pitched gable roof with a wide eave board and gingerbread trim, a north facing wing has been replaced due to a fire about 1920; the original trim was not restored on this wing....Paths in the garden are laid out with large building blocks from the nearby Mehl and Rast Brewery. In 1937 when SE Stephens Street was widened, the Rast house was moved about 30 feet west from it's original site.

The Rast House has been in the same family since its construction in 1875 on property that goes back to Donation Land Claim taken out by Isaac Jones On Nov. 25, 1854. Jones' daughter, Clara Jones, married John Rast in 1864. John Rast was born in Switzerland in 1838 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1854. He settled in Independence, MO, came to the Shasta Valley in California in 1859, and later began work at a sawmill in Scottsburg, Oregon...1864 settled in Roseburg. Rast became a partner with Gottlieb Mehl in 1864 in the Roseburg Roller Mills, the first grist mill in Roseburg which had been erected by his father-in-law, Isaac Jones. The Rasts had six children."
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17 Comments on 1875 Gothic Revival – Roseburg, OR – $92,000

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  1. AvatarLinda says: 34 comments

    I wish I could move down there and take this on! I love the tilework!

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    • BethsterBethster says: 805 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1927 Spanish
      NY (house is in VA), NY

      Yes, nice tile in the bathroom, and also the kitchen counter, though I can’t tell much about the condition of that.

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  2. AvatarJKleeb says: 156 comments

    The current location is unfortunate—but I love this house as a survivor. Even if it could be moved back on the lot far enough to plant a hedge or some other type of screen it would be OK IMHO

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  3. AvatarDeniseLynn says: 239 comments

    It has such a sweet exterior, but it’s awfully close to an awfully busy road.
    Maybe a tea room?

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  4. ErnieErnie says: 217 comments

    Awww, I know that house. I was born & raised in Roseburg. Since Stephens St. was redone & the Stephens/Diamond Lake intersection was redone as well as the Stephens/Washington intersection & area got a huge reno it really shoved the street right up to the front door. The train tracks run right behind the house as well. Last time I was there I wondered what would become of that place.

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  5. AvatarIvygirls says: 11 comments
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    1930 shingle craftsman
    Oakland, OR

    I toured this house last week with the realtor. Ernie is absolutely correct about the location. This is one of only two gothic revival homes in Roseburg. It’s been vacant for quite a while and has been repeatedly vandalized. It still has some wonderful features, and it is zoned for business. Given it’s history, my vote would be to make it a brew pub!

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  6. RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    That bead board room has such wonderful patina! Love the dirty gray w/ fireplace. Such a surprise inside! Wish we could see MOAR.

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    • AvatarIvygirls says: 11 comments
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      1930 shingle craftsman
      Oakland, OR

      There is a second bead board room directly behind the one pictured. It has a large built in bookcase with glass doors. The door beside the fireplace in the pictured room conceals the staircase.

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  7. Avatarabevy says: 368 comments

    How unfortunate. I like this old house. I wonder if it could be moved?

  8. AvatarWoeisme says: 116 comments

    This sweetie needs to be moved to a proper location. What a great little house.

  9. AvatarGregory K. Hubbard says: 356 comments

    The Gothic Revival is a relatively rare style, so I hope someone has the imagination to save this gem, and restore the wing to its pre-fire appearance.

    The staircase should have been included in these photographs, even if it is only a boxed in design.

    The Gothic wardrobe is a very rare survivor, and may have been in the house since its construction. My decades of experience in 19th century furniture gives me the impression that it is much older than the house.

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  10. AvatarGregory_K says: 356 comments
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    Chatsworth, CA

    What a lovely house. The Gothic Revival is a relatively rare style so it would be a treat to restore this one. I agree that it probably has to be moved to keep it as a home. I wonder if there is enough space for a real parking lot to use it as a business

    The staircase should have been included in these photographs, even if it is only a boxed in design.

    The Gothic wardrobe is a very rare survivor, and may have been in the house since its construction. My decades of experience in 19th century furniture leaves me the impression that it is much older than the house.

  11. JimHJimH says: 4210 comments
    OHD Supporter

    As Kelly’s notes say, the house is owned by descendants of the original owner Johann George Rast (1838-1898). There was a plan to create a Beer Museum here and the family was on board, but evidently it didn’t materialize.

    2014 museum blurb with old litho of house:
    http://www.cityofroseburg.org/files/4414/2187/8347/Blog_December_2014.pdf

    Close-ups of facade:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/heinrick05/28117338083
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/heinrick05/28448411330

    A poor quality vintage photo:
    https://umpquavalleymuseums.pastperfectonline.com/photo/6A135416-D58D-41F7-A5D7-061644341782

    Bio of Rast:
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/115721499/john-george-rast

    The architectural and historical content are both A+ on this one! The present site isn’t really adequate for any use and the house should be moved, to a larger lot for a museum, or a quieter one for restoration as a residence. Land prices seem reasonable in the area, so there’s hope!

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  12. AvatarHeather M says: 20 comments

    Seeing the litho makes me very sad for this house and how progress has encroached all the way up to it’s front door.

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  13. AvatarSean And Lona Hardy says: 1 comments

    Does anyone know how to contact the current owners of Rast house. I am very interested in restoring the house to it’s original condition and I am a Oregon native and distiantly related to someone who lived in the home or worked there because I have family glass picture slides of family members within and outside and looks to be the same as the home looked before the fire and of the same as historic photos I’ve been looking at.
    Lona (Parker-Salladay) Hardy 480-450-8104 or
    Sean Hardy 480-232-5008
    helpingheroessecondhandshop@gmail.com
    1617 n.ironwoid Dr lot72
    Apache junction, AZ 85120

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