Newly restored, the McCall House
is currently a bed and breakfast
Photograph courtesy of Millis McLaughlin
John M. McCall's two-story Victorian Italianate house was built
in 1883 for the founder of the Ashland Woolen Mill, Ashland Library,
and Bank of Ashland. He also served as a councilman, Mayor of Ashland
and in the Oregon State Assembly. The house is an outstanding example
of its architectural style in Ashland and is one of the best preserved
examples of Italianate residential architecture in Oregon. L. S.
P. Marsh, the prominent local craftsman who built the house, also
constructed the Isaac Woolen House as well as other public and commercial
buildings in Ashland. The McCall House's distinctive millwork is
typical of Marsh's craftsmanship and has been recently restored.
Historic image, date unkown, of
the McCall House
Courtesy of The Terry Skibby Collection
McCall (1825-1895), was one of southern Oregon's leading citizens.
Born in Pennsylvania, he migrated to Yreka, California during the
gold rush, and then turned north in 1850 to take mining claims on
tributaries on the Applegate River outside Jacksonville, Oregon.
McCall farmed along Wagner Creek until 1856, ran a miners store,
and in 1859 purchased interest in the Ashland Flour Mill. In 1861
the First Oregon Cavalry formed and he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant
of Company D, and by 1865 was promoted to Captain. After the Civil
War, McCall served the region in several political offices, including
the first treasurer of the city of Ashland. In 1876 he was elected
on the People's Ticket as a representative to the Oregon State Legislature.
Occupied by the McCall family and their descendants until 1964,
the McCall House was the scene of memorable social and political
gatherings befitting a family whose involvement in Ashland spanned
several generations. Today's Ashland visitors can still see the
grand old magnolia tree planted in the front lawn by Mary McCall
Located at 153 Oak St., the McCall House currently is operated
as the McCall House Bed and Breakfast. Call 1-800-808-9749 or visit
www.mccallhouse.com for further information.