Bigelow House

Location: 918 Glass Ave NE
National  register, State register, local register; Women’s History

bigelowhouseBigelow House, 1866
Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum collection

Bigelow HouseBigelow House, 2012, photo courtesy of Deborah Ross

The Daniel and Ann Elizabeth Bigelow House, now the Bigelow House Museum, is the oldest existing documented home in Olympia, built in the late 1850s or early 1860s. Daniel Bigelow was a prominent attorney and civic booster, among the first American arrivals to Olympia. At the time he filed his Donation Claim here, and for all of his life, this was a remote and picturesque spot, requiring time and effort to make the journey from Olympia over muddy roads and a rickety bridge across Swantown Slough. The house is clearly visible on very old photographs of Olympia and on the Bird’s Eye View linked below.

The Bigelow House is associated with Olympia women’s history. Both of the Bigelows were early supporters of female suffrage, and hosted Susan B. Anthony here at a dinner.

The house is on the local, state and National Registers and is lovingly maintained by the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. Many of the original furnishings are still in the house.

More information:

Bigelow House photograph collection (includes many photographs of the home and the family)

Bigelow House Museum 

Olympia Heritage Inventory

Washington  State Historical  Society photographs: enter the following catalog number in collection search box:C1964. (unscanned photo circa 1939)

Digital Archives photograph from 1960s

Bird’s  Eye  View of Olympia 1879, fenced property to right of “public school” (OCI building) in east Olympia.

Youtube video on the Bigelow House

For more information about the Bigelow family, see Residents section of this website

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