Location: 1107 4th Ave W
Brenner House in 1939, photo from Thurston County Assessor, Washington State Archives
Brenner House today (2012), photo by Deb Ross
If the Thurston County Assessor’s 1878 build date is to be believed, this is one of the oldest homes in West Olympia. It has not been inventoried, so available documentary evidence is scant. The building appears to be an early Queen Anne style. Some of the decorative features in the photograph from 1939 have been removed, but otherwise the home appears to be in good, well preserved condition. This home would have had a magnificent view over Olympia and Mount Rainier when built, but the front door faces Fourth Avenue to the north instead of towards Olympia to the east. It would also have been a heavy slog up Fourth Avenue when originally built, before regrading and paving of Fourth Avenue. Historian Adah Dye called this the Brenner home, in her series of photographs from the 1940s; oysterman JJ Brenner lived here before the turn of the century (see JJ Brenner) ; he later built the JJ Brenner home nearby.
For more information follow these links:
Washington State Historical Society, enter the following catalog number in collection search box: C19126.96.36.199.3
For more information on the Brenner family, see the Residents section of this website.
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