VINTAGE HOME FOR SALE– 3560 NW Tyler Avenue, Corvallis, Oregon
Iconic College Hill “Casa Musica”, historic home exemplifies Tudor Revival style with decorative half-timbering, multi-paned casement windows and a complex floor plan. The quality and craftsmanship of its era is evident, yet it “lives” in a comfortably “modern” way. Vintage details include quality wood and iron work (open beams, decorative moldings, flooring, light fixtures, handrails) blend seamlessly with updated and enlarged kitchen, spacious master suite, and garage addition. Large backyard with stone fence and brick terraces. Approximately $700,000 has been spent on additions, restoration and renovation of this home. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, approx. 5195 sq. ft.
Located in the highly sought-after College Hill Historic neighborhood, Casa Musica is an architectural treasure. Infused with rich history, the original handcrafted details blend seamlessly with many modern, yet era appropriate updates. A fine example of the Tudor Revival style with decorative half-timbering, multi-paned casement windows and a complex floor plan. Uniquely situated in close proximity to Oregon State University, local schools, parks, shopping, and downtown Corvallis.
Brick front walk and charming curb appeal welcomes you home. Oak door with handmade wrought iron hinges, mail slot, and original handmade wrought iron light post, door knocker, and Casa Musica sign sets the tone for the rest of the home. Foyer is warm and inviting with oak hardwood flooring, open staircase to the upper level, vintage phone booth with light, phonebook shelf, and swing-out seat, and trunk room under the stairs.
Living room is the heart of history within this home. Original handmade wrought iron touches include hanging globes, wall sconces, curtain rods, and fireplace screen and tools. Hand-hewn open beam work with “knuckles” and “acorns”, original pegged white oak hardwood flooring, window seat, granite stone gas fireplace (originally a wood burning fireplace), large multi-paned Gothic window, and French doors to the garden give a light and open feeling to the living room. Built-ins include desk, bookshelves, bench with speaker holes for the original phonograph, and bench with wood lift for the fireplace. The soloist balcony and piano stage, along with the acoustically designed ceilings brings this home’s moniker to life.
Dining room is situated between the living room and kitchen, creating an ideal floor plan for entertaining. Dining room features a built-in china cabinet with original glass doors, serving pass-through to the kitchen, and French doors that lead to the garden. The dining room was enlarged southward by 4 feet shortly after the original construction and also has the original pegged white oak hardwood flooring, exposed beam work, and original handmade wrought iron curtain rods. Kitchen is light and bright with original window and mirrored medicine cabinet, white tile counter-tops with red rope accent tile, white double sink with garbage disposal, 1920’s style glass paned cabinets, and white KitchenAid appliances; gas cook top, convection microwave/hood, double wall ovens (one convection), dishwasher and refrigerator.Kitchen also features a walk-in pantry and laundry chute near the cook top, red radiator which serves as a memory of the original sawdust-fired heating system, access to the attached 2-car garage, upper level and basement, and entry to the breakfast nook that features a china cabinet.
Adjacent to the breakfast nook is a main level bedroom, originally the “maid’s room” and is ideal for guest use with large closet and access to guest bath (bath can also be accessed from the foyer). Guest bath features original sink and mirrored medicine cabinet, wall tiles circa 1926-27, and floor tiles circa 1960.
Master suite is luxurious with open beam work styled after the living room, window shelves, chandelier and wall sconces on dimmer switches, French doors to an iron railed belvedere that overlooks the backyard, and walk-in closet. Walk-in closet has lots of shelving and hanging space, re-purposed mirrored closet door from the original northeast bedroom, and access to the upper level bathroom. Upper level bathroom has fir cabinets styled after the original woodwork, large double sink vanity with Kohler sinks, white tile counter-top, and laundry chute, tile flooring, wainscotting and shower/tub combo, and original windows and mirrored medicine cabinet. Upper level bathroom also has access to both the master closet and hallway. Other upper level spaces include: South bedroom that overlooks the backyard with wall sconces and walk-in closet with the original access to the attic. Northeast bedroom (originally the master bedroom) with window seat and dressing room with built-in vanity/desk, bookshelves, and closet with original glass knobs. Study or other multipurpose space (formerly a bedroom) with window seat.
Expansive backyard features a granite wall (1996) that is made of the same granite as the original chimney and fireplace, custom wrought iron gate and wall window with music motif and Gothic shaping, mirroring the living room window, original wrought iron treble clef on the chimney, original brick terrace with southern extension and fountain (1960’s) and a 2.5 ft. path around the perimeter of the home (1996), original cement urn, wrought iron trellis underneath the master suite’s belvedere, and a computerized underground irrigation system. This home’s grounds also feature a cedar garden shed on a brick pad off the alley, gated area in alley that hides the A/C units and trash cans, and a double wood gate with wrought iron hinges that allows utility access from the alley into the backyard.
Additionally this home has a finished attic, finished basement and finished 2-car attached garage. The finished attic is heated, insulated and plastered and features unfinished fir flooring, built-in bench styled after the living room built-ins, and one new window and one re-purposed window.
Finished basement features lots of built-in shelving, some with sliding doors, herring bone patterned oak hardwood flooring, full bathroom, and laundry room. Full bathroom has tile shower and extra long bathtub, Kohler pedestal sink, mirrored medicine cabinet styled after the upper level bathroom medicine cabinet, and original built-in wall toothbrush holders and covered toilet paper holder re-purposed from the upper level bathroom. Laundry room features ample cabinet storage and counter space, original built-in ironing board re-purposed from the original kitchen, and laundry chute from the kitchen and upper level bathroom.
Finished 2-car attached garage is heated, insulated and plastered and features hot and cold water faucet, great for clean-up and car washing, automatic gate-style garage doors with original wrought iron hinges, 220 volt plug for generator, and original door to garden and 4 windows re-purposed from the original garage.
Vintage Points of Interest
- The builder’s name (C.A. Heilman) and date are etched in the exterior stucco at the northwest corner of the house
- All original handmade wrought ironwork is said to have been made in the college blacksmith shop at Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University)
- Wrought iron music door knocker was handmade by a student of Professor Petri
- Lathe and plaster and picture rail throughout the home
- Original unpainted tinted plaster can be seen in the foyer coat closet, living room desk, and upper level linen closet.
- Granite used to construct the original fireplace and chimney and the stone wall (1996) came from the Newman Quarry in Philomath, Oregon (the only granite quarry in western Oregon)
- All windows (new and old) are true mullioned, including the glass doors on the kitchen cabinets and both china cabinets located in the dining room and breakfast nook
- There is a total of 635 panes of glass within this home
- Most of the original windows have original Pella Rolscreens and most of the new windows have similar built-in screens