National Register of Historic Places in Mendocino County
The Held-Poage House was designed by local architect Samuel M. Orr for socially prominent Ethel Poage-Held and William D. L. Held. The home was maintained by the family for 65 years.
Few homes in Ukiah have the completeness of detail or quality this home has. It is the only historic residence in Ukiah which has escaped multiple owners, lot subdivision, inferior alterations, or poor maintenance.
This residence is now the headquarters of the Mendocino County Historical Society, staffed by volunteers for research in state, county, and local histories and genealogies. The home is also a living museum with many of Held's furnishings and many other items donated by local pioneer families.
Adapted from the NRHP nomination.
A plaque on the front lawn reads:
Held-Poage Memorial Home
The descendents of the Held and Poage families give this home to the Mendocino County Historical Society to be used in preserving the history of Mendocino County, its pioneers and those who came after them, in hope that they will share their love for the beauties of Mendocino County.
Mendocino County Historical Headquarters and Research Library
Dedicated April 5, 1970