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Henkle House gets OK to move forward with work

Henkle House gets OK to move forward with work

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Here is a look at the rear of the circa 1898 Levi Henkle House at 502 NW Second St. The Corvallis Historic Resources Commission on Tuesday night approved a proposal to remove two chimneys, including the one shown, as well as the collapsed shed in the foreground.

The late 19th century Levi Henkle House has received approval for its first renovations in, well, in a long time.

The Italianate structure on Northwest Second Street in Corvallis was saved from the wrecking ball by decisions earlier this year of the Corvallis Historic Resources Commission and the Corvallis City Council.

Now under new ownership, the house received unanimous approval for its first set of renovations in a short and sweet public hearing Tuesday before the Historic Resources Commission.

A collapsed shed at the rear of the structure and two chimneys will be removed unless someone appeals the decision to the City Council. No one testified for or against the application during the public hearing. 

The shed/chimney work is a starting point for what is hoped to be a complete redo of the house, which has been vacant for decades and in dire need of repairs.

Architect Lori Stephens of Preservation Works cited a series of upcoming work during her presentation while noting that "we can't really do anything to the house until the shed is removed." Future projects include:

• An exterior plumbing line

• Replacement of the roof

• Removal of exterior and interior trash

• Electrical work

• Addressing foundation dry rot

• Siding repairs

• Interior improvements

Another key project is addressing the crumbling front porch, and Stephens said Preservation Works will have to come back to the HRC with a plan to address it.

“We’re going to try to save it,” Stephens said. “We don’t know structurally what is going on in there because of all the garbage in there.”

Preservation Works has entered into a contract to sell the house to a party that plans to use it as a residence, Stephens said. The parcel is zoned "central business," which means the property owner could operate a business on the ground floor and live on the second floor.

Contact reporter James Day at or 541-812-6116. Follow at or


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