Location: 2020 Water St SW
Local register, South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood
|Christensen House, 1939, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives|
Christensen House today (2014), photo by Deb Ross
This house was built for attorney Frank Christensen in about 1920. A distinguished Craftsman-style home, it features a “rolled roofline,” which is unusual for Olympia, although it is more common elsewhere for homes built in this area. The roofline is intended to mimic the thatched roofs of England, and therefore the home earns the distinction of being called, in part, “English Revival.” According to the inventory report, the home was featured in a promotional brochure for Olympia as “one of the better residences in the city.” It may have had a good view to the Deschutes Estuary, although by the 21st century the slope leading to the estuary/Capitol Lake is forested.
The home is on the local register and located in the South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood.