Aberdeen Mansion and Tudor on Broadway Hill placed on historic register

Two more homes on Broadway Hill have been voted into the Aberdeen Historic Register by the City Council.

One is well known for its grace and style in the city’s logging history, the other for the part it played in the John Wayne movie filmed here in 1974, “McQ.”

The Hulbert House was built in 1905 by timber mill baron Edward Hulbert for his growing family and is known as “a masterpiece of builder’s art” to the staff of Aberdeen Museum of History.

Construction of the Queen Ann and Victorian-style home at 807 N. M St. was supervised by the Aberdeen firm of Reid and Briggs. Native woods were set on a stone foundation. The city staff report quotes Benn’s Bulletin by the Friends of the Aberdeen Museum extensively and notes it was one of the first to boast indoor plumbing, or seven bathrooms.

The Hulberts sold the home in 1939 to Lincoln Draper, another log company owner. The Robinsons, of a paint and glass company, owned the home from 1962 to 1994 when Mitch Pavletich converted it into a bed and breakfast.

Current owners and former Bellevue schoolteachers Al and Joan Waters operated it as the Aberdeen Mansion Bed and Breakfast for several years up until five years ago. They now rent public space for catered events and private rooms, with kitchen privileges, for stays of a week or longer, Al Waters said.

A large carriage house behind the main home is now occupied by A Touch of Perfection nail salon owned by Theresa Lowry also lives there in an apartment.

The home and land is valued at $548,460 by the Grays Harbor County Assessor.

Hollywood royalty is associated with the classic Tudor at 1114 N. K St. built in 1931. It was filmed for “McQ,” the 1974 release starring Wayne as Lon McQ, a tough lieutenant on the trail of police corruption and dope dealing.

The home is owned by Reynaldo and Rowena Caratao, was designed by an unnamed architect from Astoria, Ore., and the home and land are valued at $189,105.

The Tudor and film elicited a story from Parks and Recreation Director Karl Harris, who had stars in his eyes and a concern for the environment, even in his younger days.

As Harris tells it, Wayne exited the home and tossed his small cigar into the bushes. Harris dived into the bushes after John Wayne’s butt and obtained an autograph on a small slip of paper.

Today, the mementos are preserved in a glass bell that adorns his office to this day.

The city is in the process of certifying certain areas of the city as historic districts. Once the register is certified, all properties listed will be eligible for special tax valuation on rehabilitation. The home or building must be more than 50-years-old and fulfill other criteria that can be found on the city’s website.


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