Bush, Asahel, House - Salem, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
N 44° 55.891 W 123° 02.353
10T E 496905 N 4975343
Quick Description: Italianate home built in 1877-78 for pioneer banker and newspaper publisher Asahel Bush
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 7/16/2013 10:37:30 AM
Waymark Code: WMHJJB
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
This 12-room house is considered the finest example of high Italianate architecture in Salem. It was home built in 1877-78 for Asahel Bush, a pioneer banker and published of the Oregon Statesman (now Statesman Journal) newspaper.

The house was designed by Wilbur F. Boothby, who built the old Marion County Courthouse. The house design is reportedly based on a fashionable house in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Asahel's late wife Eugenia, who died at age 30 in 1863, had attended the Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem. Ashel and his four children moved into the house and lived much of their lives there, his son Asahel Nesmith Bush returning home during his last days until he passed at age 95 in 1952. The City of Salem acquired the house in 1953 and turned it into a museum. The 100-acre property had already been deeded to the city as a park (Bush's Pasture Park) - a section of it was later sold to Willamette University for building a sports stadium.

The house includes a sitting room, library, master bedroom, parlor, dining room and kitchen in the downstairs. A walnut and mahogany staircase leads from the entrance to the bedrooms, sitting rooms and servants' quarters upstairs. Ten of the twelve room sin the house have marble fireplaces. Each bedroom has its own lavatory, with marble basins.

Today the house is operated by the Salem Art Association as a museum.

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Street address:
600 Mission Street SE
Salem, OR USA

County / Borough / Parish: Marion

Year listed: 1974

Historic (Areas of) Significance: 1900-1924; 1875-1899

Periods of significance: 1900-1924; 1875-1899

Historic function: Single dwelling

Current function: Museum

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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