This lovely home
was built in 1900 and is now known as the
Prairie House Inn Bed and Breakfast,
lovingly restored to its original glorious
and includes all the necessary
modern facilities and features to accommodate
guests in comfort and style. Local records indicate that this was the first home in Molalla to have
water and electricity installed. Historical paint colors were used
to complement the design, as well as the furnishings, art
and decor to reflect the era.
Prairie House Inn Bed and Breakfast accommodations include six bedrooms, each with a private
bath, queen-size beds, DSL hook-ups and
air-conditioning. The Inn has a lovely dining room,
parlor, and oversized living room, which can
accommodate even larger parties and event groups. Each bedroom
is tastefully decorated in a specific theme to reflect Oregon's
heritage, and area history.
Prairie House Inn is named for the
"prairie house" design developed by a creative group of architects in
Chicago (around 1893), known as the
Prairie School. The home-style design plans could be found in a
and Roebuck catalogue. The Prairie House style is one of the
few original American styles lasting over two decades.
Prairie House Inn still proudly displays its original
old-growth Douglas fir siding, flooring and millwork now
refinished to it's original luster.
The historical name for the home was Moody-Eckerd House
as Ira and Dora Moody are thought to be the original
owners/builders. William T. Eckerd acquired the property
in 1906, and from this house, William, along with his
son, Rolla, delivered mail for what was called the "Free Daily
Routes 2 and 3". The mail delivery horses were stabled in a
barn once located behind the house.
The Eckerd family
remained in the home until the mid 1950's with only two
other owners living in the home before it was acquired
in 2004 by Tootie and Nate Smith who converted it into
the Prairie House Inn, Bed and Breakfast in beautiful
Area Historical Note: The first
automobile manufactured in Oregon was assembled at Frank
Zollinger's garage shop in nearby Canby. Completed on the 4th
of July, the car's engine was modified from a
Molalla, Oregon (named for the
Molalla Indians) is not far from
Portland, Oregon, among the fields of the
The Prairie House Inn Bed and Breakfast is
like a portal to the past, so come join
us at this elegant, cozy bed and breakfast, to experience a
gentler time and slower pace.