Sunday’s annual Delta Kappa Tour helps Hospice of the Gorge


The home of Gail and Scott Hagee is one of many that will be on display during Sunday's annual Delta Kappa tour.

Delta Kappa’s 13th Annual Hood River Home Tour takes place Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The tour provides participants a chance to tour six of the area’s classic homes while helping to raise money for this year’s recipient, Hospice of the Gorge.

The tour starts at Hood River’s newest assisted living facility, Hawk’s Ridge. Tickets are available there for $9, or in advance at Waucoma Bookstore, Hawk’s Ridge and Curves for $8. All proceeds go to Hospice of the Gorge. Driving maps and information about the tour will be provided at Hawk’s Ridge, as well as complimentary desserts and beverages.


This year’s tour includes a variety of homes, from one built in 1907 to a brand new 2003 estate. Hospice volunteers, Delta Kappa members, ladies from the Red Hat Society and local volunteers will be hostesses in the homes to provide information and answer questions.

Delta Kappa has been serving the Hood River community for more than 35 years. Through the annual home tour, the service club has donated thousands of dollars to local charitable organizations in the community. For more information contact Betty Draper at 386-1018.

Doug and Elaine Powrie

1193 Indian Creek Road

Hood River

Steve and Patty Tessmer of Gorge Associates Design Consultants completed this house earlier this year and the Powrie family moved in last June. The Northwest contemporary style home spans 5,400 square feet with five bedrooms and a guest room. Elaine helped design the home, choosing colors and accessories she liked.

The living room has a vaulted ceiling, cherry wood floors and unique lighting by Brad Langdahl. A dining area opens onto a screened porch overlooking the golf course. A large kitchen for the family to gather in makes good use of the two ovens, two dishwashers and a walk-in pantry. Highlights are the chiseled-edge black granite counters and the two-way glass display cabinet.

Elaine’s favorite place is the sitting room in the master bedroom, where a two-way fireplace opens onto the deck. The bathroom has travertine stone floors with an inlaid tile rug done by Kevin Clarke.

The lower floor belongs to the six children, except for the large wine cellar custom made for Doug’s wine collection. The TV room is surrounded by four bedrooms belonging to the kids. Ski racing is a favorite family pastime and a mud room with a heated floor and locker for each family member handles the multitude of ski gear.

Linda Floyd and Rick Lehman

1371 Barker Road

Hood River

In 1988 when Linda and Rick first looked at this 1928 Craftsman-style country farm house, all Linda could concentrate on was the nearby barn. But she knew she wanted the house, too.

Rick and Linda have done upgrades and remodeling to the home, originally built by the Guignard family, but have retained many of the classic touches — and added their own. The living room is a mixture of old and new, with decorative pieces ranging from a Russian urn to African-American art. The original gum wood trim is made from the exotic sweet gum tree.

The dining room features a hand-made Amish table and an antique pie safe. The kitchen was remodeled three years ago with new tile counters and floors.

The home’s downstairs bedroom features many antique furniture items, including an Italian chair and an English wash stand. Another bedroom was converted to a sun room which opens onto the new deck. An old chicken coop in the garden was to be changed to a potting shed, but Rick and Linda decided it was too nice; now it serves as a little bedroom. This is truly a family home and garden and is enjoyed by Linda and Rick and their three children.

Gail and Scott Hagee

Pheasant Valley Orchard B&B

3890 Acree Drive

Hood River

The Hagees’ farmhouse was built around 1913 and the house, now a Bed-and-Breakfast inn, was recently listed in Northwest Best Places magazine. The house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Scott Hagee and Scott Skelton did a major remodel to the house in 1985. When tearing out walls, two old American flags with 48 stars were found.

Paul Thompson and Allan Halbert built new French doors and bay windows, and crafted new woodwork and wainscoting. Charlie Capovilla contributed many design ideas and Ronnie Simonds contributed countless hours of work to project. The fireplace bricks were kilned in Hood River and came from the old Oak Grove Store. Decor in the house follows a Native American theme; artifacts collected from the couple’s many trips to Baja decorate the rooms.

The master suite features a raised ceiling with many varied angles. A beautiful view of the orchards and valley can be seen from here. The pear orchard surrounding the house will soon include a vineyard, as this is the future home of the Pheasant Valley Vineyard and Winery.

Conny and Dan Bubb

1194 Country Club Road

Hood River

The Bubbs designed this Craftsman style home with architect Carl Perron, and builder Bob Thayer completed construction in December of 2001. The house features hemlock trim, hickory cabinetry and Raja slate heated floors.

Conny grew up in Saudi Arabia and has many Middle Eastern artifacts throughout the house, including rugs from Iran.

The master bedroom features a large bathroom with soaking tub and steam shower. The upstairs bonus room is where the action is, with a pool table, pinball machine, games, a TV and a Barbie Doll house built by Conny’s father. Antique Queen Ann chairs decorate the guest bedroom.

Conny and Dan helped Randy Olmstead with the landscaping, using rocks and boulders dug up during excavation. Steve Richter planted the pine and aspen trees surrounding the house.

Paul Blackburn

and Kristen Dillon

401 Montello Avenue

Hood River

This sturdy 1907 Craftsman style home has had many owners through the years. Historic pictures and information about the home’s history will be on display during the tour.

The home is often referred to as the Scobee House, as it looks today much as it did after the Scobees remodeled the home in 1913 to reflect their Dutch-influenced taste.

The many families who have lived in the house over the years have passed on stories of slumber parties in the enormous back yard and dances held in the attic.

Paul and Kristen bought the house in 2002 and have done extensive work on the interior and exterior, including doing much-needed repair to the Dutch rafter tails. They’ve repainted the exterior and much of the interior, as well as removed carpets to reveal the original wood floors. Many of the original light fixtures, casement windows and real horsehair lath-and-plaster walls remain. The couple is currently working on restoring the dining room.

Peter Hixson

and Janet Cook

317 Montello Avenue

Hood River

Peter and Janet bought this 1936 bungalow in 1997 and did an extensive remodel in 2002 with the help of designer/builder Kelly Bockius. The basement stairs were moved and walls were removed to open up the kitchen and living room areas. A small addition was added to create a dining area with a vaulted ceiling. Much attention was paid to restoring the home’s historic look, including replacing the deteriorating windows with new wooden true divided light windows and re-siding the entire house with classic period siding.

The kitchen features custom concrete countertops and clear vertical grain fir cabinets. Fir beadboard lines the vaulted dining room ceiling, and combines with recessed lighting to create warmth.

Peter and Janet remodeled the bungalow’s single bathroom in 2001, putting in a river rock floor, new tile surrounding the original tub and beadboard wainscoting.

The home is filled with pieces collected from the couple’s travels, including a prayer wheel from Tibet, a tapa cloth wallhanging from Tonga and cowboy spurs from Ecuador.

— Information compiled by Delta Kappa

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