Visited 26 Jul 2008 – Vancouver Barracks (1849-1947) is a great example of the kind of military post where anyone would want to be posted. The parade ground stretches along a row of elegantly restored officers quarters that have been re-purposed into everything from a newspaper office to a fine restaurant. Without the re-purposing these grand examples of military quarters architecture would surely have been lost. On the southern side of the parade ground are the less cared for enlisted barracks and service buildings. Some of these buildings are still in use by reserve/guard components and have not undergone the extensive restoration that the officer’s quarters have seen.
You should walk the whole line of officers quarters and marvel at their beauty and individuality, no two are alike. Each one has it’s own interpretive signage and a story to tell. The flagship quarters are the Marshall House and the Grant House, both pictured here.
The Gen. George C. Marshall house was built in 1886 in the Queen Ann style. Gen. Marshall was the Commander of the Department of the Columbia 1936-1937 and lived in this house. He went on to author the Marshall Plan that reconstructed Europe and Japan after WWII and was the recipient of the Nobel Peace prize.
The Gen. Ulysses S. Grant house is the oldest home on officer’s row built in 1849 originally constructed of logs. Grant never actually lived in this home but it is thought that he spent time it it when he was posted at Vancouver Barracks as a junior officer. This restored home is now a fine restaurant and available for weddings and other events.
Visit Vancouver Barracks on a bright sunny day to get the full effect of this great restored gem. Take the first exit after you cross the I5 bridge from Portland into Vancouver, WA. Many other sights to see including the restored Fort Vancouver.
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This post was written by JohnStanton on January 13, 2009