Captain George Flavel House Museum

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Captain George Flavel House
Flavel House (Astoria, Oregon).jpg
The main house (and museum) in 2011
Captain George Flavel House Museum is located in Astoria OR
Captain George Flavel House Museum
Location441 8th Street
Astoria, Oregon, U.S.
Coordinates46°11′17″N 123°50′06″W / 46.188056°N 123.835°W / 46.188056; -123.835
Area11,600-square-foot (1,080 m2)
ArchitectCarl W. Leick
Architectural styleQueen Anne
NRHP reference No.80003307[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 28, 1980

The Captain George Flavel House Museum (/flʌvɛl/)[2] known also as Capt. George Flavel House and Carriage House[3] or the Flavel Mansion,[4][5] is now a house museum in Astoria, Oregon, United States. It was built in 1885 in the Queen Anne architectural style, by George Flavel, a Columbia River bar pilot who was one of the area's first millionaires.[6]


The house was originally constructed in 1885 by George Flavel, a maritime pilot and entrepreneur who amassed a fortune in his business over the course of thirty years.[7] The 11,600-square-foot (1,080 m2) house, which spans a whole city block, features Queen Anne architecture.[7] After Flavel's death in 1893, his wife, Mary Christina, lived in the house with the couple's daughters, Nellie and Katie, until her death in 1922.[8] Both Katie and Nelly also lived in the home until their deaths in 1910 and 1933, respectively.[9]

The house and its carriage house were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1] The house is owned and operated by the Clatsop County Historical Society.

In popular culture[edit]

The museum is well known to fans of the film The Goonies, which was filmed in Astoria. It is featured as the museum where Mikey's father works as a curator.[10]


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Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ Palermo, Spence, and Quinn, Donna (directors) (2009). Astoria: An Adventure in History (Documentary). Clatsop County Historical Society. Event occurs at 8:54.
  3. ^ "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. June 6, 2011. p. 5. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 9, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  4. ^ Genna, Chris (December 2, 1985). "Historic home tour in Astoria keys holidays". The Oregonian. p. B4.
  5. ^ Mershon, Helen L. (November 29, 1982). "Historic houses offer glimpse of Christmas past". The Oregonian. p. C1.
  6. ^ Captain George Flavel House Museum Archived September 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b Marschner 2013, p. 81.
  8. ^ Lockley 1928, p. 550.
  9. ^ Perez 2016, p. 104.
  10. ^ Movie Location Guide Archived 2007-04-21 at the Wayback Machine Accessed May 1, 2007


  • Lockley, Fred (1928). History of the Columbia River Valley From The Dalles to the Sea. III. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. open access
  • Marschner, Janice (2013). Oregon 1859: A Snapshot in Time. Timber Press. ISBN 978-1-604-69508-3.
  • Perez, Andrea Larson (2016). Astoria. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-1-467-11647-3.

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Coordinates: 46°11′17″N 123°50′06″W / 46.188056°N 123.835°W / 46.188056; -123.835