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hey became interested in the house on a walk through the Tolovana neighborhood on the south end of Cannon Beach. “We saw the tower from the street and said, ‘Oh my God, there’s a Victorian there,’” Tompkins recalled. “We fell in love with the house before we ever got inside. Then we got to see the inside, and we were totally gone.”
PIECES OF HISTORY Even as a young boy, Bosco was interested in collecting pieces of history, according to his sister, Bonnie Schein. First, they consisted of family keepsakes. Then he started to come home with windows and door frames on his bicycle. “He was always bargain shopping and scavenging,” Schein wrote in an email. “The 52 • Our Coast 2018 • discoverourcoast.com
co k was built by Jerry Bos The cottage in Tolovana Par in es from Victorian-style hom using materials recovered name to this day. Portland and still bears his
Portland wreckers who took down the Victorian houses for the construction of the Lloyd Center always called him to come help dismantle and carry stuff away. His estate had 100s of stained glass windows …” As kids, Bosco and Schein spent summers in the cabin their parents owned next door. Bosco’s father received the Sea Horse property as part of a business deal. In 1952, when he was 14, Bosco went from building playhouses to constructing a oneroom cottage on the property. He gradually added more rooms, with a curved staircase connecting the two floors. The tower also was an early addition. By 1957, Bosco’s house was well on its way, according to a “logbook” kept by a young neighbor to the west. Kathy Foster was in grade school when she described the house that “Mr. Jerry” was building.
The Portland wreckers who took down the Victorian houses for the construction of the Lloyd Center always called him to come help dismantle and carry stuff away.