Artist Rick Cook sent some great photos and information about his historic gallery building in Port Orford. — (See also: Rick Cook Gallery, Part II and Rick Cook Interview.)

The first time I saw this [photo of my gallery building] was at Patrick Masterson’s photo shop (Patrick Masterson has a great historical book on Port Orford available here). His shop was in the building where Joyce Spicer has her basket studio, Laughing Baskets Studio. My house has had two fires, once in the 30 or 40’s, probably when Bernal Forty owned it and one later circa 1965 when Red the logger owned and lived here.

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I am trying to date this Hazeltine Bros. photo [The eldest Hazeltine Brother, think he was George, died in 1902 or 3. Martin died in 1918]. I think it was also a postcard. Pat showed me a larger blowup. I can’t believe the great clarity. It doesn’t have the Forty House, so it is before 1920/21. It does have the Marsh House up above, overlooking the port.

705 Oregon street Ca. 1905-1915Detail of Hazeltine photo

Below is a photo I took in 1978 with my ’36 Pontiac. My brother inlaw lived in [the Marsh House] for a short while.

pontiac-at-marsh-houseRick’s Pontiac at the Marsh House

Some call [the Marsh House] the Blain Marsh House. Not sure when it was built, but it is certainly not Victorian and in fact was quite craftsman. Myrtle McGill Forty stated her father built the Blain Marsh House, not sure if this is the Marsh House in the photo or not. If so, Douglas McGill moved here in 1914.

You have another photo in the archive looking east from above the port. This photo is dated 1902. No Marsh House. The top story on my place shows.

RickCookThanks, Rick! — website: Rick Cook Furniture