Location: 2317 Columbia St SW
Local register; South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood; Women’s History

amandasmith_1939Amanda Smith/Bowman House, 1939, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives
Amanda Smith HouseAmanda Smith/Bowman House today (2013), photo by Marisa Merkel

This English revival style home is a fairly rare example of a brick house, located in the South Capitol Neighborhood. It was built by oysterman Jesse Bowman in 1928. It has been nicely preserved and has fine wooden appointments in addition to the brick cladding. The house was later owned by Amanda Benek Smith and her husband Charles. Amanda Smith was Olympia’s first woman mayor (and the first woman mayor of any capital city). She presided over the city as well as serving as police and fire commissioner for many years (see Old City Hall). The home is on the local register, and is in the South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood.

Olympia heritage inventory

South Capitol Neighborhood National Historic District

Olympia Women’s History Walking Tour

For more information on Jess Bowman, see the Residents section of this website

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