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Renovations complete: A landmark house

Written February 8th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The renovated Goltra House, fully renovated, shines in the afternoon light on Feb. 6.

An aimless bike ride through old Albany took me past the corner of Montgomery and Fourth, where the historic Goltra House attracted my attention because it has been beautifully restored.

I had written about it back in October 2019, when contractor Joel Dahl and his crew were hard at work turning the former Oxford House group home into a fully renovated family house.

You can read that old story here.

The following month, Dahl went before the Albany Landmarks Commission and won approval of his plans for the exterior of the house, which dates from 1892 and is named for the prominent Linn County farm family for which it was built.

Now the project evidently is done. A new decorative fence lines the corner property, and a tree has been planted on the corner itself.

The whole thing makes for an impressive enhancement of the Hackleman Historic District. (hh)

And here’s a view of the Fourth Avenue side.


The Goltra House the way it looked in October 2019, when renovations were in full swing.

21 responses to “Renovations complete: A landmark house”

  1. Ray Kopczynski says:

    When these “renovations” are done right, they provide a massive enhancement to Albany. Kudos to Joe Dahl & his crew for completing the project!

  2. Gordon L. Shadle says:

    Kudos to the owners for investing their own money into this beautiful half million dollar single family home.

    Disrespect to a government commission that dictates what a private home will look like.

    It is an affront to private property rights and personal freedom that the city has the power to impose its choices on private property owners.

    Did the lawsuit about praying get settled?

  3. Teresa says:

    Looks beautiful!

  4. Joel Dahl says:

    Hi this is Joel Dahl. Yes we are done thank you for ur kind words. This was a very hard project. If anyone ever wants to see how the inside turned out please feel free to call. 541.497.4632

  5. K. Robb says:

    I see this house almost every day or weekly at least, and I watched some of the renovations be done. They did a lovely job for sure!

    It is vital that our historic district stay true to the periods and style that they were built. What is our architectural history if it disappears for easy fixes and fast renovation?

  6. Evan Degenfelder says:

    As a long time student of historic restoration, I add my words of admiration to the owners for doing a great job on this lovely old home. My husband and I have done quite a bit of restoration of historic homes, although none in an designated ‘Historic District’. The ‘rules’ as such are in place for a reason and the people who undertake these homes do receive help/benefit from doing so; the price paid is some reasonable restrictions on keeping the property within guidelines for the era of the home. I just wish more people would realize the importance of these historic properties and understand if they aren’t taken care of, once gone, they can never be replaced.

    • Gordon L. Shadle says:

      A private property owner using their own money to preserve an old structure is a good thing as long as the owner is free to make all of their own decisions.

      A government policy that denies this freedom to private property owners and forces compliance with government decisions is a bad thing.

      Government does not know best when it comes to private property, regardless of the property’s age.

  7. Dick Olsen says:

    Thanks Hasso, Your coverage of projects like this one is a real blessing to our Historic Districts.

  8. judy miebach says:

    I thought this was in the Monteith district, not Hackleman. ?? Where does one begin and end and the other one begin? Lovely job! Did you leave the “ghost there? Hope so.

    thank you

  9. Christine Orchard says:

    Beautifully done!

  10. Brian says:

    Living within the historic district of a town from 1822, I appreciate the hard work and understand what it means to preserve the historic structures. Looks beautiful in the photos! I also understand the flip side as I’m an architectural designer within that same district. It is possible to have both.

  11. Lora Sylvester says:

    Beautifully done Joel and crew. You are an amazing group of people. Lots of love and respect.


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