The Hovander House was built of 52,000 board feet of handpicked clear Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir. Several Scandinavian design elements were used, such as large windows for light, and sculpting patterns for interior moldings and exterior gingerbread. Originally all the woodwork of this six-room, two story house, was treated inside and out with linseed oil. The overall scale and use of ornamentation gives the Hovander House a manor-like appearance. The house was completed in 1903 and the 60-foot high barn, one of the largest wood barns in the County, was finished eight years later. The house is furnished with original pieces brought from Sweden by the family, and other furniture collected by Otis Hovander, the last son who lived in the house until 1969. Visitors can tour the Hovander House through the summer season’s regularly scheduled tours or arrange for a private or group tour through the park’s interpretive history program.
The Hovander House is open to the general public from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Friday through Sunday from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. For pre-season and post-season tours, private and educational tours please contact the park at 360.384.3444.
Hovander Homestead - A Family Heritage