Considered one of "the finest houses in the Coos Bay area," this historic colonial-style house was built in 1912 for Hjalte Nerdrum.
Two doors down the street his brother, Rolfe Nerdrum, also had a house built. The brothers came to Oregon to work for the Coos Bay Pulp and Paper Co. There, they pioneered the use of saltwater from the bay in making pulp, a process that later proved unprofitable.
This manor is Hjalte Nerdrum's legacy. The house has a unique open-air balcony that surrounds the second floor, with detailed woodworking throughout.
1912 Hjalte and Toini Nerdrum and family have house built and move in.
1915 When the Nerdrum Brothers left and went back to Finland, Coos Bay
Pulp and Paper Company (the company that hired the Nerdrum
Brothers) took title to the house.
1916 Coos Bay Pulp and Paper Co. transferred ownership of the house to C.A. Smith Lumber Company.
1915 Through 1921 the occupancy of the house is shrouded in mystery.
1921 In 1921 the house was transferred to Donna E. Smith, the wife of C.A.
Smith's son, Carrol. Donna and Carrol owned the house until 1926.
1926 Gus Adelsperger purchased the house from the Smiths. He had
worked for C.A. Smith Lumber Co.
1937 Gus Adelsperger died in the house. His widow, Mable, continued to
live here until 1941.
1941 Ruth McBride-Powers, the wife of Albert Powers, Jr., bought the house.
Al Powers and C.A. Smith were business partners in 1914.
1943 The house was "modernized." The round front porch, balcony and
posts were replaced with a square structure and square posts.
1971 Phil and Nina Waters bought the house. They owned a local radio
station. Phil died in 1980.
1990 Patricia Williams buys the house and turns it into a bed and breakfast.
1993 The house is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
2003 Pam and Bill Bate buy the house and the B & B business
2007 Jon and Felicia Noack purchase the historic Coos Bay Manor.
2011 David and Madge Osborn, both Coos Bay natives, acquire the Nerdrum
House and continue the operation of Coos Bay Manor Bed & Breakfast.