Location: 1202 Olympia Ave NE
National, State and Local Register, Olympia Avenue Local Historical District, Women’s History

Funk House_1938Funk House in 1939, Thurston County Assessor, State Archives funk house nowFunk House today (2010), photo by Joe Mabel posted on Wikimedia Commons

The Funk House, one of the most elaborate Queen Anne homes in Olympia, was built in about 1892 or 1894 by Bradford and Ann Pattison Davis, where they lived until 1907 when Brad moved to Portland to manage the bottling plant for Olympia Brewing Company (see also Pattison-Davis House). It was purchased by attorney George Funk and his wife Goldie Robertson Funk. The Funks were some of the more prominent and active citizens in Olympia: he was a lawyer, city council member, and Chamber of Commerce officer; she was an historian, a women’s activist, and a writer. (See also the Funk-Volland Building, erected by George Funk and his brother in law)

The house has been meticulously preserved outside over the years and contains a myriad of delightful ornamentation and details. It is on the National, State and Local register, as well as anchoring the eastern end of the Olympia Avenue Local Historical District.

For more information follow these links:

Washington  State Historical  Society photographs (items in bold face have scanned images associated with them):C1964.

Olympia Heritage inventory

National Register nomination form

City of Olympia Women’s Walking Tour

Olympia Avenue Local Historic District

For more information about George Funk, Goldie Robertson Funk, Brad Davis and Ann Pattison, see the Residents section of this website (F, R, D, P)

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