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THE COVINGTON HOUSE – VANCOUVER WA (1848)
4201 Main Street, Vancouver, Washington
less than one acre
Added to US National Register of Historic Places
5 May 1972 Ref 72001268
The Covington House historic cabin in Vancouver, Washington, was built by Richard and Charlotte "Anna" Covington born, raised and married in London, England who travelled by ship around Cape Horn/South America, stopping at the Sandwich Islands/Hawaii and finally arriving at Fort Vancouver in the Oregon Territory, where they had been hired to teach children of the Hudson's Bay Company employees.
The first three "plains" of the area were held by Hudson Bay Fur Trade Co. whereas the fourth "plain" was opened up for public sale as property north of the Columbia River became part of the United States, the government gave newly acquired land to early pioneers, willing to settle and farm the land. The Covingtons taught at the Fort immediately after their arrival, 1846 until 11 April 1848 when they entered "donation land claim" No. 43 640 acres (2.6 km2) in the Fourth Plain area, the community now referred to as Orchards, WA, where they built their home, House No. 16 and Boarding School, per the 1850 census. Although they never had any of their own children, the couple established a boarding school in addition to operating a large fruit farm, called the Kalsus Farm. The children slept in the cabin loft, as it was an arduous seven – eight-mile trek, one way, north east of the Fort and wrought with danger for small children to attempt to travel alone.
The Covington's log cabin soon became known as the social center of hospitality with musical entertainment in the early days of Vancouver on the Columbia River. Besides his guitar, they also brought a violin and the first piano to the Pacific Northwest as well, they also taught music to many of these local children at that time. Richard Covington was extremely talented, in addition to building their log cabin home, and developing an expansive orchard, he served in several offices as a justice of the peace, county clerk, school superintendent, cartographer, artist, musician, vocalist, and briefly as a ranger during an "Indian uprising" First Nations/Native Americans
The inscription on the marker in front of the cabin: "Erected 1848 by Richard and Anne Charlotte Covington on Fourth Plain. Boarding school was conducted herein in 1850. This building housed first piano in the Oregon Country and was center of social activity in entire region".
U.S. Army Captain (and future President) Ulysses S. Grant was quartermaster at what was then known as Columbia Barracks at Fort Vancouver, for 15 months beginning in September 1852 – 1853. During this time, he was known to ride 7–8 miles by horseback to visit the Covington home, to enjoy some semblance of familial life.
Richard Covington was elected Clark County school superintendent in 1862 and 1863. In 1867 he received an appointment to work in the United States Patent Office, under the administration of their friend and then President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant, so they sold their farm, in January, to William C. Hazard for $2,100 and moved to Washington, D.C. At the time of their departure, they gave their piano to a friend who eventually gave it to Nan Maynard Rice years later. In 1967, Miss Rice, in turn, gave the piano to a local historical society. The Covingtons stayed in Washington, DC through President Grant's term in office, then temporarily spent time in Victoria, British Columbia until retiring to the Sandwich Islands until Richards death. It is believed that Anna returned to England.
The Covington House cabin, which is the oldest (domestic dwelling/home) privately built structure, is also the oldest school building in addition to it being the oldest boarding school built in Clark County, Washington. Circa 1925, it was "rediscovered" by local businessmen, who came together to raise attention, and funds, needed to save and restore the cabin. Which at that time not only was being used to house farm animals, but was "in advanced stage of disrepair – barren and weathered, open windows and doors, and unkempt shingles, dispiritedly in part of a weed-grown lot". Circa 1926–28, the individually adze hewn logs of the cabin were numbered and catalogued, disassembled, and relocated at its present site, 4201 Main Street, where it stands today. At that time that was the northwest corner of Leverich Park, (in an area called Kiggins Bowl due to the shape of the terrain), facing the old Pacific Highway, before being separated from the Park by the development of the "new" freeway, I-5.
Several modifications were added during this major restoration and relocation project, including electricity, heat, lights, water and plumbing, wooden floor, a new unique fireplace boasting large local river stones and single piece of local timber for the new fireplace and mantle, new windows, a kitchen, two restrooms and a fully restored roof with wooden rain gutters. The location was distinctive as being on the old Pacific Highway, and facing the old "Vancouver Column" adjacent to the oldest and now the newest (due to removal, restoration and re-dedication of the) Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker, in the state of Washington.
The Covington House itself is currently owned and maintained by the city of Vancouver on land owned by the local school district and managed by the Vancouver Woman's Society affiliated with The General Federation of Woman's Clubs. As the house had served as a home, a farm and a boarding school, and quickly became a social hub. As it was in the beginning, and so it is now, the cabin continues to provide a special place for special events as well as being utilized by many local groups as a regular meeting place. Because the cabin is a National Landmark, it is available to view by the public, by appointment.
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Formerly Indian Creek Golf Club, Ashton Hills got a new name and a new look in 2012 when it changed ownership. The design was originally crafted in 1997 and it became popular almost immediately, earning the title of "Atlanta's Best New Course" that year by Georgia Golf News. The unique character of the first design was kept in tact but golfers will find that the layout is now more player friendly with slightly wider fairways, shorter rough, and less severely sloped greens. The bunkers were reshaped and a few uphill holes were reconfigured to make the golf course more walker friendly. The original was notorious for being a test for even the most advanced players, but now golfers of all skill levels can enjoy it. That is not to say though the Ashton Hills golf course lost its challenging nature, golfers will still have plenty of water hazards and bunkers to contend with.
The Olympic Games is the greatest show on earth. Every four years I take three weeks off to be a spectator at this panorama of international goodwill. I spend two years looking forward to them and two years looking back. I have met some of my best friends at the Olympics.
For three weeks, most of the world's worries are forgotten. Even at the height of the Cold War, Russian and American athletes talked freely together. At the Olympics, everybody, spectators included, lowers their guard. Reserve atrophies, personal privacy no longer seems an issue. This, one feels, is how the world should be. They call it the Olympic spirit which reaches a zenith at the Closing Ceremonies. The following day, up come the barriers again and coolness and distance return. Alas, we learn so slowly.
I have travelled to many countries in order to be a part of the Olympics, starting with Melbourne, Australia, in 1956. This year, they were in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the friendliest cities on earth, where by a strange coincidence I have a project, Covington Plantation. This planned development includes my first American golf course since Stone Harbor, New Jersey; the symbolic golf course which raised such a furor (and still does) around the world (Executive Golfer, August 1988).
The Opening Ceremonies of the Games were terrific, much better than they appeared on television. On the following day, I took I-20 Freeway east to Covington, a thirty-five minute ride from the center of Atlanta. To reach the site, you turn right off I-20 on exit 46 and proceed for one and a half miles down Hazelbrand Road. The project is centered in a new fast-growing area of suburban Atlanta, where every month a large new business development, employing several thousand people, seems to be announced. Covington itself is a beautiful antebellum village saved like Savannah from Sherman's destructive march during the Civil War.
Covington Plantation is a development with several hundred houses surrounding a densely forested single fairway golf course which I have designed with a length of seven thousand yards from the back tees. I have concluded recently that anything less than this length is soon going to be questionable, because of the new titanium clubs, which are making life difficult for us golf course architects. Soon the powers that be will have to consider extending the length limits of the various pars. Was ever a game so heavily controlled by the manufacturers of equipment?
There is a confusion of clients on the project. Scott Myers, from San Francisco, is the land developer who had retained us. He gave the land for the golf course to Jim Haslam and Brooks Simmons who own several golf courses in Georgia and Tennessee, and they will own and run this one. The original land has been in the John Dearing family for several generations. After a fair amount of cautious reconnoitring, we are now all getting along extremely well.
Some planning had been done before we got to the project, as often happens these days, but for various reasons we changed it and no road or golf hole is the same as originally planned. A good local planner, Gary Hoopes, helped to put the final touches to the lots and secured the zoning.
As soon as the golf course changed hands, the budget was cut, although I could hardly complain. I have often said that I was anxious to give something back to the world of golf which has been so good to me. However, we now have two million two hundred thousand dollars for the contract and one million two hundred thousand dollars for the clubhouse, maintenance shed and equipment, maintenance until opening, and our (much reduced) fees which are being split between the golf course owners and the developer, since he gets a great deal of benefit from the high quality golf course we intend to build. I agreed to partial payment in land. All the land around our recent golf courses has increased dramatically in value from the initial offering by as much as a thousand percent in some instances. So, we were hardly taking any risks.
As was noted in the last article, the cost of the golf course should not be a problem. As I said then, "The quality of play is actually almost independent of the money spent. I could reproduce Muirfield in Scotland or Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina for less than a million dollars plus the irrigation. Given the scenery, Pebble Beach would not be an expensive course to build, given the site, neither would Pine Valley.
"The rhythmic and sequential arrangement of tees, greens, lakes, creeks, bunkers, is not dependent on money spent. The sense of luxury from stone bulkheads, large-lined lakes, elaborate bridges, extensive steep fared (and costly to maintain) ragged-edged bunkers, additional landscaping, full coverage irrigation, expensive clubhouses might be. We already have large trees.
"There are other things which don't cost anything. The quality of the original site which is paramount. The rhythm of hard to easy holes, wideness and narrowness of fairways, small and large greens and bunkers, open and closed holes, right and left angled greens and doglegs, sequence of water holes, short and long holes, arrangement of pars, and so on. There is also an understructure, a holistic field, as well as originality, memorability, imagination, myth, mystery and the educational breadth of the designer."
I went on to say that, "I am affected by tradition and convention, but not shackled by them. I am searching for some deep-seated power of innovation in the human mind. I want my golf course holes to have meaning, which is the biggest lack in most new golf courses. I believe Covington Plantation to be structurally the best course I have ever designed regardless of the money spent."
These were heady words halfway through the construction of a golf course and to avoid regretting them later, I realized I would have to be around for the finishing stages of this course. So, this visit to the Olympics has been fortunate so far. It also occurred to me that Georgia golf courses are park-type courses with tall trees and that even Bobby Jones could not wave his magic hickory shaft and procure some links-like wind for the Augusta National. He and his golf course architect, Alister Mackenzie freely admitted their admiration for and debt to the Old Course at St. Andrews and its famous winds. Run-up shots are difficult on watered fairways and alternatives are at best hard to gauge. Nevertheless, I felt I had learned a thing or two designing golf courses in the last few decades although there are those who would disagree with this statement.
As we began to tour the course on that hot, damp July afternoon, I started to have second thoughts about "structurally the best course I had ever designed." Suddenly, I was grateful for the words "structurally" and "designed." I was with Scott Myers, the developer, his manager James Hughes, and later Scott Greenseth, the construction superintendent from Niebur Golf who were building the course.
We inspected every hole with the minute care so necessary if you want to maintain the quality in a project. These days, you have to fight for quality which is no longer as Aristotle said, "A habit rather than an act." The customary two inches of summer rain had fallen on the weekend and the fringes of the holes were a quagmire. As our wheels slipped on the Georgia clay, my heart was in my boots. What a foolish statement I had made before the course was finished—best course indeed—I thought. Nothing seemed to be going right. The quality of the course clearly depends not only on the designer, but on the quality of the course builder and the maintenance superintendent after that. Had I not repeatedly said that I would rather play a good course that was well maintained than a masterpiece in disarray?
Was this slippery mass of orange earth and tangled Bermuda stolon destined to put joy and fear in acceptable proportions into the hearts of those who played here? I doubted if it would and was thoughtless enough to says so out loud to my companions. "Everybody else loves this course but you," said Scott Myers with feeling. "What are we supposed to think when all you do is to criticize?"
An air of melancholy accompanied us as we walked the 11th hole, a formerly clean and trim par-4 that now looked absolutely terrible. This had been the only hole where massive regrading had been necessary to make a reasonable landing area out of a twenty-five percent slope, and we had had to make it look as if we had found it there. There was considerable erosion tearing into the new grades, the Bermuda stolons were half green and half brown in ragged lumps and the fairway was riddled with shallow streaks and taluses like giant worm casts. The hole which had looked great in earth now looked extremely untidy. And that was about as kind as you could get.
No. 12, the Sunburst Hole (see illustration) looked worse. The original hole had seven depressions round a central green. Three of these were supposed to contain water, but they had been taken out because of cost. The state of this hole however was nobody's fault but my own. I had seen the original earth work and had decided the shapers had made the bunkers too shallow—a tendency that shapers have. They forgot there's still six to eight inches of sand to go in on top of the finished earth and tend to leave the final grade of the bunkers as if there were no sand. This is sometimes also to avert criticism that the bunkers are too deep. I like bunkers where you can only see the knees of the golfer. Anyway, the shapers had dutifully cut another eighteen inches out of the bunkers which were now round instead of quadrilateral. The form of the hole, which I felt was innovative, was now destroyed. It is always hard to get contractors to change things after the sand is spread, with some justification on their part, and I knew I would have to ask them to re-cut these bunkers. As we continued our inspection, Nos. 13 and 14 only looked average and you couldn't see the fairway bunkers on No. 14 which is a no-no. Nobody should tolerate blind fairway bunkers even if the 12th at St. Andrews is the exception which proves the rule.
My heart was now below the horizon as I analyzed the impact of these three holes and fully realized the result of my premature statement. But perhaps the name for No. 12 was prophetic. The slight drizzle ceased, the clouds vanished and we were bathed in the blinding light you get to expect in Georgia during the summer.
They drove me to No. 9 and you could see this fairway rocketing through a sort of peephole through the trees. The sweep of the land was magnificent—there was no erosion. My spirits rose markedly and I apologized to my companions who had joined me in my gloom. From then on the course slowly seemed to improve and I felt there was a good chance of fulfilling my original opinion. We humans are such mercurial creatures so easily influenced in our changing moods.
On each supervisory visit, you make some contribution to the improvement of the course. Take the cart paths for instance. They are often neglected. On this course, we had placed them among the trees where possible to take advantage of their shade in this very hot climate and to get them out of play. The subcontractor was in a hurry and the cart paths on these first two holes were inaccurate, scrappy and badly finished. After my associate Ed Easley made them tear half of them up and replace them, the quality improved greatly for the rest of the cart path construction. There were many other improvements involving shaping, soil amendments, wall construction, and irrigation. You have to keep working at the details or the whole comes apart.
Since this is a traditional rather than a symbolic golf course, as my clients had requested a classical approach, philosophy of this course depends most definitely on its sequence and rhythm. On this great site, I have attempted to create a balance between short, easier par-5s, and long, hard par-4s. The par-5s are the birdie holes for good golfers; the long, par-4s, the holes where all golfers can come to grief. A balance between these two hole types sets up a cascading rhythm which grips the golfer as he progresses into the round. The short par-5s and the long par-4s are interlaced with some short exacting par-5s and long hard par-3s so that I believe this course provides a unique set of challenges. The new equipment has increased the length but hardly the accuracy of golfers, which accounts for the mix of the holes on this golf course. From the back tees it is a very challenging golf course and I know many players will curse me. But the course is strategic and is designed for everybody but beginners who should be on the driving range.
The long hitters are going to find holes where they have a definite advantage, others where they have no advantage whatever unless they are also accurate. On some holes roll can be picked up on the drive. On most of the holes the greens are partly open for a run-up shot. This helps when the ground is dry enough to accept a run-up shot. This device also helps the average golfer who is uncomfortable with a green which is surrounded by bunkers. There are many other concerns and subtleties for both the good and average golfer on this course. The green surfaces are reasonable, seldom more than an average of three percent. They slope in general toward the golfer, so that instead of a thin wafer he can see the whole green on the approach and if this is not possible, I have graded the land until it is.
If this is not a totally fair golf course, we need to remember that no golf course is ever, or should be, totally fair. At least here there's the illusion of fairness. I have made a determined effort to make the golf course reasonable.
As for grading the land, I have avoided this wherever possible. When I did the original layout for Muirfield Village, Ohio, I adapted the routing for three things: one was for the surrounding housing since Muirfield was and is very much a golf course community on fifteen hundred acres; two was to balance open and closed holes with existing trees, although many have been planted since; and the third was to relate the course to the existing land. We hardly moved any dirt on the fairways at Muirfield and the green sites were more found than manufactured. Holes found like this create a great sense of ease and comfort in the golfer. These holes have found the spirit of the site. Now a lot of golf architects today recreate the land whether it needs it or not. Then they put heavily designed greens on top of carefully reconstituted green sites. Perhaps they feel they have to do a lot of work to justify their involvement. The results may be handsome and visually effective but there is an elusive sense of emptiness too. The spirit of the original land has been violated and sensitive golfers seem to understand this. I don't believe anyone will fail to notice the straightforward relationship to the site of the golf course at Covington Plantation.
Perhaps now I can dare to repeat that this is probably the best course structurally that I have ever designed. What do I mean by "structurally"? Is this philosophy? Structuralism or deconstructuralism. Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida or Peter Eisenman? Actually, it is much simpler than that. Underneath the course is another course, an invisible armature, a structure which is filled with memory, myth, magic and, I hope, meaning. Some of these ideas may take many rounds before they are revealed. Some may remain a mystery forever. That is the essence of sensitive design. I would like to discuss this in more depth in a future article
CAMP COVINGTON, GUAM NAVAL BASE
Naval Base Guam is a strategic U.S. naval base located on Apra Harbor (near Pacific Ocean),
Guam. In 2009, it was combined with Andersen Air Force Base, to form Joint Region Marianas, which is a
Navy-controlled joint base. Sub-installations aboard Naval Base Guam include
Camp Covington is one of the three main body deployment locations for the Navy
Seabees. Currently, Camp Covington is a deployment site in the rotation of the
three Seabee battalions making up the 30th NCR . The 7th Fleet's Navy
Expeditionary Forces Command Pacific is also headquartered here.
The camp has a gym, a cardio hall, and a mini-mart. It has its own barracks for Officers, Enlisted, and Chief Petty Officers; a galley, an armory, dental clinic, and various HQ buildings and warehouses.
THE COVINGTON HOUSE, TALLAHASSE FL
The Covington House, also known as the Schendel House, was built in 1927 and added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on September 7, 1989.
French Renaissance Style by architect. William A. Edwards, is constructed on 1 and a half stories. Stuccoed, hollow-clay tile roof. Includes garage and servants' quarters and stable. Built in Los Robles subdivision. Blanche Covington was one of Florida's best known horticulturalists. Private. N.R. 1989.
"Its nickname; "Schendel House", originated from a family who resided in the Covington House. Laurel L. Schendel, a prestigious professor, was resident here from the 1920s until the 1960s."
Street address: 328 Cortez Street, Leon County,Tallahassee, FL USA 32303. Geographical Location : N 30° 27.708 W 084° 16.500