1113 John Adams Street - Casper & Anna Marie Weismandel House
This uncomplicated c.1911 house has a T-shaped plan with a T-shaped gable roofline complete with a medium sized rake board, decorative rake molding, boxed soffits, and frieze board at eaves. A non-historic wrap around front porch with modern wood posts was built prior to 1986 with wood tongue and groove flooring and a beadboard ceiling. Two original turned pilasters remain flanking the porch. The side wing has a second, non-historic entrance door with decorative lattice below. The foundation is post and beam covered with masons board and on south end with poured concrete on north end. The typical window type is aluminum with several circa 1950’s wood, multi-paned fixed windows at front and south elevation and aluminum sliding windows on the upper half story, where there is evidence of a larger opening. An established blooming fruit tree is present at the rear elevation and a box hedge shrub surrounds the front porch. Alterations include a rear deck and porch addition and a rebuilt wrap around front porch.
Statement of Significance: In 1910, this property was purchased by Caspar Weismandel, a retired farmer who at one time owned a grocery store in Portland. Both he and his wife, Anna Marie, were German immigrants. The couple occupied this residence for nearly thirty years before selling to J. Ralph Guynes, who worked for the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce. In 1944, Guynes sold it to Emil Beck, an employee of Crown Zellerbach. He continued to occupy this house with his wife Fredrigia until their respective deaths in the late 1960s.