Phrae Missionary Houses
The derelict missionary house
This missionary house is one of two remaining houses in Phrae. The house is one the grounds of the Phrae Christian Hospital, 7 Yantrakit Kosol Road. The other house is on the grounds of the Provincial Office of Formal and Non-Formal Education and has been renovated a couple of years ago. The houses are not far from each other.
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 torn 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 when entering it.
The featured old picture shows American missionary Jacob Lott Hartzell in the garden of one of the houses in 1925.
The US Consulate in Chiang Mai is now involved in a project with local architects to renovate this derelict Phrae Missionary House I visited. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.
The renovated missionary house
The second of the Phrae Missionary Houses is on the grounds of the Provincial Office of Formal and Non-Formal Education. As far as I know, funding from the US Consulate in Chiang Mai financed the restoration of this house. In 2016 US Ambassador Davies visited Phrae and this house amongst others. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.
In the house is a sign with information about the history of the house: