Location: 512 Sherman St SW
Wohleb; mid-Century modern
|Benner House under construction, 1960, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives|
Benner House today (2014), Photo by Deb Ross
The Norman and Isabelle Benner House is considered one of the more important examples of mid-Century residential architecture in Olympia. Its architect, Gordon Stacey Bennett was working for the Wohleb and Wohleb firm in 1959 when he designed the building. He later went on to a solo practice and then formed the Bennett and Johnson firm, responsible for many of the city’s most important mid-Century commercial and residential structures.
Bennett designed the home to be almost invisible from the street, with large windows on the east side facing a gully and Capitol Lake. As can be seen in the photograph at above left, it is of concrete construction and uses other modern construction materials.