Lott Home Story
PARKS AND TREES
1735 Montgomery Street, Oroville, CA. 95965
Phone (530) 538-2415
Fax (530) 538-2426
Charles Miller, Director of Parks and Trees
The house, a Victorian gothic revival style cottage, was built
by 49'er Charles Fayette Lott for his bride Susan. The story
says they ate their first meal in their new home on
Christmas Day in 1856, and a packing case served as their table.
The family lived in the home until 1962.
The C.F. Lott Historic Home serves as an historic house museum
and a cultural repository for decorative art objects typical
of Oroville's pioneer families. The collection includes furniture,
paintings, rugs, textiles, clothes, silver and
glassware during the Lott family period - 1849-1910.
Charles Fayette Lott joined a wagon train bound for California
in 1849 with a law degree in his pocket. He began his law practice
at Bidwell Bar when he discovered the need for lawyers was greater
than for miners. Elected State Senator for Butte County in 1851,
he moved to Oroville when the county seat was moved there in
Charles Lott married Susan E Hyer of Pennsylvania the same year.
Virginia, interested in the agricultural Oroville Citrus Association.
He was active in many fraternal organizations, and politics was
always part of his life. Lott was elected Judge of the 2nd Judicial
District in 1870. He continued his interest in mining and land
development and Interested in the agricultural development of
the county, Lott became the first president of the Oroville Citrus
Association. He was active in many fraternal organizations, and
politics was always part of his life. Lott was elected Judge
of the 2nd Judicial District in 1870. He continued his interest
in mining and land development and lived to his 94th year.
Fayette Jr. never married and lived in the home until his death
in 1927. Cornelia grew up in Oroville, attending Bird Street
School and then the Irving Institute in San Francisco. Cornelia
married Jesse Sank after her father and brother died. Jesse devoted
himself to Cornelia's comfort and happiness after their marriage.
Jesse Sank built many of the interesting garden features as tributes
to his beloved wife. Cornelia died on August 15, 1953. Jesse
willed the property to the City of Oroville in Cornelia's memory
with the stipulation that picnic tables be provided for public
The "Old-Fashioned" or "Geometric Style Gardens,"
first defined by A. J. Downing, was distinguished by regularity
and symmetry. The Victorian's garden was designed to express
the taste and affluence of a successful businessman. The house
and garden combined to create a beautiful effect which invited
people outdoors to enjoy the grass, flowers, play croquet, and
rest on rustic benches or in airy summer houses.
Landscape architect Vernon M. Dean designed a Victorian garden
in Sank Park. Cornelia's picnic tables are located in what is
left of the family orange orchard. Also
included are a rose and herb garden, brick walks, fountains,
gazebo, and covered patio which provide space for a variety of
The annual Victorian Tea is held on the first Sunday of February
and is sponsored by the park docents. The Mistletoe Party at
Christmas and Craft Faire/Flea Market in the Spring are annual
events sponsored by the Friends of the Parks, whose many activities
support the development of Oroville's museums and parks.