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Hughes Historic House


The Patrick Hughes House, also known as Hughes Ranch and the Hughes Historic House, is a Queen Anne-style house built in 1898 on Cape Blanco, about 30 miles north of Gold Beach. It is now operated as a historic house museum by the Cape Blanco Heritage Society.

Perhaps the best-preserved house by local builder P. J. Lindberg of Port Orford, the Hughes House is a significant survivor of a once large and prosperous ranch and dairy business operated by Patrick Hughes and his descendants. The largely unaltered house remains one of the most significant late-nineteenth-century residences in Curry County.

Hughes built this residence in 1898. Having immigrated from Ireland, Hughes and his wife, Jane, landed in Sixes to operate a gold-mining business along the Sixes River. It was then that he invested in the dairy business, which grew to be the largest on the southern Oregon coast. Located just north of the headland of Cape Blanco, the imposing house is on an elevated terrace immediately south of the Sixes River, with a view out to the ocean.

The two-story residence is an excellent vernacular example of the Queen Anne and Eastlake styles. The abundant use of patterned cedar shingles, a characteristic of nearly all surviving Lindberg houses, is typical of the Queen Anne style. Here, Lindberg employs diamond-shaped patterns in the gables and semicircular fish-scale and reverse-fish-scale patterns on the lower walls. Eastlake elements include triangle brackets attached to a wide frieze board at the gable ends and above second-story openings.

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Hughes Historic House

Butter from Patrick Hughes’ dairy was shipped as far south as San Francisco.

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