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Historic Wells House is new affiliate of Wenatchee Valley Museum

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Historic Wells House is new affiliate of Wenatchee Valley Museum

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July 11, 2012

(Wenatchee, WA) The public is invited to an open house at Wenatchee’s treasured Wells House on the campus of Wenatchee Valley College on Saturday, July 28, from 2 to 4pm. Visitors may take a guided tour of the historic house and garden, enjoy light refreshments, and meet members of the Wells House Committee.

The Wells House Committee, long the volunteer caretakers of the 103-year-old building and its grounds, has recently become an affiliate of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. The museum and the committee plan to make the facility accessible to the public once again, following some scheduling disruption due to construction of the college’s new Music and Arts Center.

The home with its distinctive river rock turret was built in 1909 by William T. Clark, developer of the Highline Canal and Columbia River pipeline bridge. He sold the home to A.Z. and Emogene Wells in 1919. The Wellses lived there until 1949 when they bequeathed their estate to the Wenatchee School District for use as a campus for Wenatchee Valley College. The house was used for early classrooms, administration offices, and student activities. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and is also on the Wenatchee Register of Historic Places.

“The home’s unique architecture and setting have made it a popular venue for weddings, meetings, reunions and other uses,” said Dorothy Brunner, president of the Wells House Committee. “Through our new affiliation with the Wenatchee Valley Museum, we look forward to making Wells House available to the public again and continuing with restoration and improvements to this community treasure.”

Parking for the open house will be available in the college parking lots on Fifth Street or Nelson Street (turn south off Ninth Street). For more information call the Museum at (509) 888-6240 or a Wells House Committee member at (509) 884-7685.

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