My First photo was shot from the roof top of a building downtown, so I went and took some closer shots of The Shelton McMurphey House. I added a little history under each shot to explain the house, Enjoy!!
The house was built in 1888 for Dr. T.W. Shelton. Salem architect W.D. Pugh designed the house, and Nels Roney, a prominent local builder, constructed the house for approximately $7,000.
The Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House has been a landmark in Eugene for more than a century.
The single most remarkable feature of the Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House landscaping is its setting on the south slope of Skinner Butte. In fact, when the house was built in 1888, it was often referred to as the "Castle on the Hill" because of the panoramic views of Eugene and the surrounding hills.
Although many changes have been made over the years, the house - with its carved and turned exterior wood work, polygonal tower, ornate open porches, and large bay windows
The original owners, Dr. T.W. Shelton and his wife, Adah, at one time owned all of Skinner Butte. The original estate has been greatly reduced in the area during the latter half of the 20th century. Today the property is a little over an acre in size.
It was built on the south slope of Skinner Butte and features panoramic views of Eugene. There are a variety of trees on the grounds like big leaf maple, Oregon ash, Pacific madrone, Douglas fir, and Ponderosa pine.
Over the past century, the Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House has been home to three families - the Shelton's, the McMurphey's, and the Johnson's. Each family has made its unique contribution to the house and grounds.
The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House was built in 1888 on a hill overlooking the city of Eugene, Oregon. The three families who occupied the house witnessed and contributed to the transformation of Eugene from a frontier farming town to a thriving education and commercial center.
Known in its day as the "Castle on the Hill," the Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House stands as a classic example of Queen Anne-style Victorian mansion of the late 19th century.
The house is now owned by the city and administered by the non-profit Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson Associates.