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1882: Lot of land was purchased for $800.00
1892: House was built
1892–1908: Cozine residence
1940s: House was split into two apartments
1991–Present: McMinnville Downtown Association
The Samuel and Mahala Cozine House is a Queen Anne style Victorian built in 1892 by early pioneer Samuel Cozine and his wife, Mahala. The Cozines came to McMinnville on the 1843 wagon train. Samuel struck gold in 1890 and with that money he built this house on the corner of Third and Adams. They resided here together until Samuel’s death inn1897. Mahala continued to live here until her death in 1908. The house was split into two apartments in the 1940s, and by the mid 1980s it was vacant and used only for storage purposes.
By 1988, the house had fallen into disrepair and was in dire need of major renovations. During this time First Federal Savings & Loan gifted the City of McMinnville the title to the building and lot with hope that a plan would be devised to save the house. $150,000 in grants, fundraising and community donations were used to bring this property back to its original grandeur. In 1991, the McMinnville Downtown Association moved into the Cozine House and is still located here today, working to support the economic viability of downtown.
The McMinnville Downtown Association plans to submit an application to the State Historic Preservation Office in 2016 in hopes to have the property listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places.
“It was wonderful to see how the community worked together to save this little jewel of a house. First Federal’s generous gift was met with contributions of time and money and it was really community spirit and pride that made it happen.” — Marilyn Worrix, Founder, Friends of the Cozine House.