Dibble House to get new roof
The Molalla Area Historical Society was recently awarded a grant from the Kinsman Foundation for $15,300 to replace the shake roof on the Dibble House and adjoining wash house. The work will begin at the end of May 2018 by Roof Masters of Canby, the same company that installed the present roof almost 30 years ago.
At the same time, Mike Tappan of Tappan Masonry in Silverton will be rebuilding the chimney on the Dibble house making it more historically accurate in both design and materials.
Bids are still being accepted for painting the remaining three sides of the house to match the "new" original color that is currently on the south wall.
The Dibble house is the oldest standing structure in Molalla and in South Clackamas County. Built between 1856 and 1859 for Horace and Julia Dibble, it has withstood the rigors of time and stands as a testimony to the strong pioneer spirit that Molalla and Oregon were founded on.
The building has been owned and operated as a museum by the non-profit historical society since 1970.