|A recent photo by the author of the Pagoda House in Cape Meares (address withheld to protect privacy of residents)|
|Photo from Oregon Historical Society photo collection 93-B.|
|Photo by Howard "Buck" Sherwood|
of Pagoda Houses being prepared for move
from Cape Meares Community Center scrapbo
|Photo by Buck Sherwood, courtesy of Mike Watkins,|
who lived in the Pagoda house(s) on Cape Meares
Woodrow Chase, an entrepreneurial logger from Willamina, bought the Pagoda Houses, and others, for next to nothing as sea waves approached. With the help of Milton and Jerry Schlegel (Barbara's father and brother) he got them down a steep sand bank with a tractor. At the bottom they loaded them onto a flatbed truck. At times they used the tractor to push or pull the truck through bad spots. The Tillamook Headlight Herald of April 7, 1949 announced the start of the process.
During that summer, Milton and Jerry excavated property purchased by Bob and Barbara Watkins, built a basement, and fit the two houses together on top. On August 11 the Tillamook Headlight Herald described a larger housewarming that celebrated its completion. Mike Watkins was a young boy then, but he recalls a dumbwaiter that came with the house which his father wouldn't let them use to lift wood from the basement. His father had them remove the fancy rafter end trim because it was too fancified. The porch was moved from the back to the front door to reduce drafts. As can be seen in the photos, the house originally had clapboard siding. Shingles were added before being moved and maintained for decades. More recent owners removed the shingles and went back to the original siding. Mike still owns a beach house next door.