House History

Ring Family Photo


The History of the Mansion

Origin of the Name

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nce, Victorian houses were gray and colorless. Then, in the year of 1963, an ingenious artist by the name of Butch Kardum decided to color his dismal Victorian home with bright blues and greens. Other artists began to join him, dashing the walls of their homes with paint. They had begun the colorist movement. These kinds of houses were referred to as “Painted Ladies” or “Gingerbreads”. The Gingerbread Mansion took its name from the orange, cream, and navy style it was painted in. 


Pictured on the left, Dr. Ring and his Family in 1879. 


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The Style of The Gingerbread Mansion

Historians have divided the Victorian period into three phases:

Gingerbread Mansion in the old days

Early Victorian, High Victorian, and Late Victorian. Early Victorian, 1820 to 1850, was the era of the magnificent Southern plantations. Their elegance was in their simplicity and formality. The age of High Victorian, 1850 to 1880, followed. The white estates graduated to Gothic style and eclectic preference, meaning the architecture’s appearance was an integration of many historical styles.  However, it was the Late Victorian, 1880 to 1829, that introduced the style of architecture branded as Victorian. This era drew on the past for inspiration. Victorian homes combined penchants of the past together to create a unique marque. The Medieval era influenced the asymmetrical form of the houses and elements of Grecian, Italian, and Gothic marks were united in more complex manners. This curious blend of stylistic ingredients led to the development of the Victorian style

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The Inn's Metamorphosis

Construction of Ferndale's Gingerbread Mansion began in 1895, commissioned by Dr. Hogan J. Ring.  In 1910,when the town needed a hospital, Dr. Ring generously persuaded the residents of Ferndale to purchase his home and convert it into a hospital. For three years, it was known as the Ferndale General Hospital. Despite the efforts of the citizens of Ferndale, the hospital failed. The hospital was converted into a tenement. Afterwards, it was put for sale. The woman who purchased it, used it as a licensed rest home. Shortly after, two gentlemen, Don Dickerson and Tom Manning, bought the house. The two men transformed the dilapidated house into a Victorian jewel. The home was painted in three colors by two Eureka women who climbed the scaffolding with their bare feet. The furniture inside was replaced with genuine Victorian era antiques. The barren yard was graced with a fountain and laced with a garden. Their combined work was magnificent; The Gingerbread Mansion was born. 

The Mansion continued to be passed down to several other owners. For many years, the Gingerbread Mansion crumbled, lost its shine, and began to lose hope. Our present owners, The Redwood Collection Inc.,  restored it once again to a historic inn, a bed and breakfast marvel for guests from all over the world.



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