Phrae Missionary House
This Phrae missionary house is one of two remaining houses. The house is one the grounds of the Phrae Christian Hospital. The other house is located on the ground of the Provincial Office of Formal and Non-Formal Education and has been renovated a couple of years ago.
On her way to Muang Nan American missionary Lucy Starling visited Phrae in 1912. At that time the mission houses were just outside the city on the Yom River.
There were two bungalows at the site. She described them as follows in her book Dawn over Temple Roofs (New York, 1960):
“The two bungalows were huge, barny structures, built of teak, with long, wide porches. In each of these about twenty people camped.”
The Yom River had changed its course though and was now cutting into the banks. “A new site must be chosen and the buildings moved before they drop into the river”….. “The buildings on the old site were to be torned down, the planks numbered, and put again in order”, Lucy Starling wrote.
I guess it is one of the reassembled houses I visited last weekend. The house is in bad shape and I was very careful entering it.
The featured old picture shows American missionary Jacob Lott Hartzell in the garden of one of the houses in 1925. I found this picture on this website: www.dahlfred.com.
The US Consulate in Chiang Mai is now involved in a project with local architects to renovate this Phrae Missionary House I visited.