April 23, 2006 at 12:01 pm (732 Walnut Overview)

Walnut House Front  Side view  8th St. side

Welcome to our site dedicated to following our progress as we rehabilitate an 1870's home in Albany, Oregon's historic Monteith District. On this site we will be posting periodic blogs charting our progress as well as photos so you can see what's happening. Check out the links on the right to view our progress week by week.



  1. Derrick and Julie said,

    Rod and Kate,

    We always knew you two were crazy, but I think this project proves it! Give us a call when you feel like some woodstocks!

    Derrick and Julie

  2. David Vrooman said,

    Good luck on the house. I showed it to a friend of mine who renovated a couple of houses in Burbank, and he not-so-politely declined. I tried to get my wife on board in purchasing the grey house down on 7th and across Walnut from your house, but she wanted a new one. It’s been a dream for me for a long time to live in a Victorian-era home, but I’ll have to wait until the kids are grown up.

  3. Judith Ewton said,

    I just wanted to say thank you for not tearing it down. With all the new building going on in Albany I think some of the charm of this town is getting lost. I will be watching for updates on your web link. Good Luck and again a BIG THANK YOU. Wish there were more people like you around here.

  4. Tina King said,

    I read the story in yesterdays paper and am sooo jealous of you two. You are doing something that I would love to do. fix up a delapadated house. I will be watching you’re website as cheer your progress. good Luck.

  5. Cindy said,

    You never cease to amaze me! This is an incredible story! You and Rod are going to have your hands full, but since you are both seasoned professionals in the home renovation business . . . its going to be awesome! I can’t wait to see the updates. While I can’t wrap my mind around someone walking out of a house and never looking back, I do think the haphazardly parked truck was a hoot. The neighbors will love you forever!

  6. Doug and Joy said,

    Congratulations, we think… No, seriously… You have a little work ahead of you but we’re sure the results will be to die for. You’ve proven you’re up to the task before. Rod, maybe fixing up old houses is the line of work you were always meant to do and just didn’t know it. It can be very lucrative financially and you’re saving a piece of history. What could be better? We hope we get a chance to see it when we’re down Sunday.

  7. Sue and Will Gilford said,

    What a project you have decided to embark on. You are to be commended for taking on so much work but in the end it will be so gratifying. Old houses have so much charm and they have provided such great memories for those who inhabited them in the past. Besides all the hard work you will be doing think of the folks you are going to meet who will be providing you with their history of the house. We are looking forward to your progress.

  8. Cheryl Aguilar said,

    I left a comment for you after I brought up the kitchen picture (yikes!) in the history section. I’m the granddaughter of the owners (Clint and Jessie Bradley) from approx. 1950-57 of this house. My grandparents kept this house in such beautiful condition both inside and out when they owned it. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that you are willing to restore that house that held so many wonderful childhood memories that I shared with my grandparents there. Please contact me. I’m looking for more pictures for you of what it looked like in the 50’s.
    Cheryl Bradley Aguilar

  9. Beth Lloyd said,

    Wow, you guys are my heros! Seriously, from the demo to the the awsome website, you sure are two amazing people! Albany is so lucky to have you all as residents! I am checking into getting the mayor over to get you a key to the city.

    Continued Good Luck,

  10. Jeff McCulloch said,

    Thank you for the conversation we had, you are kind, and I admire and what you two are doing. I am also friendly jeolous, as my wife and I have loved that old house and dreamt of it for some time now. Cheryl Aguilar said, April 30, 2006 at 7:04 pm that she was looking for more pic’s from the 50’s, (Please Cheryl, Find them=) and when she does, I beg you to post them! =)

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