Also in Ashland Library on April 10
An iconic Medford home originally built in 1939 for Harry Holmes of Harry & David recently was re-created and renovated into a 12-bed hospice residential care facility. Susan Hearn will present the history of this house with “The Historic Holmes House: From Harry and David to the Present” on Wednesday, April 3 at the Medford Library, 205 South Central Avenue, and Wednesday, April 10 at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard from 12 noon–1:00 p.m. at both locations.
The Holmes House was built for Harry and Eleanor Holmes in Old East Medford in 1939, before the US entered World War II. They selected the famous first African American architect Paul R. Williams, architect to the stars in old Hollywood, to design their home on the 20-acre parcel, now the public Holmes Park.
Learn what stories lie within the 80-year-old, 7400-square-foot original mansion, its extraordinary features, and how the design of architectural genius Paul Williams now serves the unique needs of its current occupants, hospice residents, and their loved ones.
Susan Hearn is the Executive Director of Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice, the current owner of Celia’s House in Holmes Park, a 12-bed residential hospice occupying the Holmes Mansion and the newly added 5500 square foot Garden Wing. Susan worked in health and hospice education for nearly 20 years. For the last six years, she has shepherded the non-profit’s mission to build and create a hospice residence that collaboratively serves the hospice residential care needs of Southern Oregonians. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Management with Aging Services Certificate from Southern Oregon University.