Lowe-Hohenwarter House

We knew we had to find a special house to post because it’s my mom’s birthday, and this majestic Queen Anne fit the bill.

The story behind its construction is also the coolest. Daniel McPhee constructed this home for his in-laws, Edmund and Lucy Lowe, in 1890. (Raise your hand if you think that makes him the dopest son-in-law of all time.) Noted Seattle architect Elmer Fisher was charged with the task of its design.

Edmund Lowe was a successful Woodland businessman, serving as the Director of the Bank of Yolo until his retirement in 1898. After he died in 1899, a daughter, Harriet Brownell (and her family) inherited the house.

Three other families lived here afterward, but the Marks family settled in here for decades. W.M. Marks bought the property in 1953, then sold it to his son, Steve in 1964. Steve and his wife, Muvvie, raised six children here and owned the house until 1998.

Jere and Kay Hohenwarter bought it then, and still reside there today. We were lucky to chat with Jere, who was outside raking leaves as we passed. He also suggested we go up on the property to get some better views and take photos. He said as long as Snickers “didn’t crap in the yard,” he was good with it. Haha.

Anyhoo, the house is around 8,000 square feet, with 16 stained glass windows, each containing 100 pieces of glass — all original to the house, except for one that was restored in 1999.

In all, there are 57 doors, 80 windows and all the interior oak trim is original, Jere said. No owner has ever messed with it or painted over the trim. Its 48 foot tower could be the sole focal point on any other home, but this beauty also boasts various shingles, inset porches, and some stucco with protruding abalone shells. (See pic of front gable).

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