Horan House demolished after months of effort to save the historic home


Despite numerous efforts to save it, the historic Horan House was turned into a pile of rubble Monday morning.

Demolition crews knocked down the home and are now busy hauling away the pieces.

The Victorian-style home and former restaurant on the banks of the Wenatchee River was built in 1899 by Wenatchee pioneer Michael Horan.

Owner Nevio Tontini had worked with Port of Chelan Commissioner Rory Turner on ideas for preserving and possibly moving the house to another location but its run-down condition made that cost-prohibitive. 

Tontini, Turner and Horan family member Beth Dobbs are now working on efforts to preserve the memory of the home, including a possible display at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

In addition, they envision a publicly accessible trail along the river that could eventually be part of the Wenatchee trail system.

The property is expected to be purchased by Chelan County PUD as part of the move of its headquarters from downtown Wenatchee to Olds Station.

Turner said he’d like to see a pullout on the river, and possibly a parking lot, with some sort of structure that would house a history of the area, from its use by Native Americans to the building of the Horan House.

He said he will work with the PUD to see what can be accomplished in building such a tribute.