Location: 2613 Capitol Way S
Local Register, South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood
|Frederick W. and Elsa Schmidt House, 1946, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives||
Frederick W. and Elsa Schmidt House today (2017), photo by Deborah Ross
Frederick W. and Elsa Schmidt arrived after their honeymoon and immediately began searching for a home site. Schmidt was the youngest member of the family, which was associated with the Olympia Brewing Company for generations. The selected home site, at the southern end of Capitol Way in Olympia, was not far from the brewery and was also near other homes associated with the Schmidt family (see, for example, the Leopold Schmidt Jr. House directly across the street, LoMa Villa at 2621 Capitol Way, the Speckart House next door, and of course the Schmidt Mansion in Tumwater). The house was built in 1912 and the Schmidts’ first child, Eleanor, was born here. The Schmidts later built and helped design the important Frederick W. Schmidt home nearby. This home is in the South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood and has recently (2016) been accepted into the local register in its own right, as being connected with a important local family.