Location: 2831 Orange St SE
Local, State and National registers; Wohleb


FWSchmidt_1939Frederick W Schmidt House 1939, Thurston County Assessor, Washington State Archives


FW Schmidt House

Frederick W Schmidt  House today (2013), photo by Deb Ross


The elegant and distinctive English Revival style of the Frederick W. Schmidt House, built in 1937-1938, was conceived by Elsa Heiser Schmidt, wife of Frederick W. Schmidt. The family founded the Olympia Brewing Company, and although the house is located in Olympia, it was not far from the brewery in Tumwater where Schmidt worked. While Elsa Heiser Schmidt provided many of the design criteria for the house, Frederick Schmidt researched and specified the use of concrete bricks and radiant heat. Its many unique features are described in the national registry nomination linked below.

The design was by local architect Joseph Wohleb, who departed dramatically from his usual Mission Revival style when he took the commission for this important home. It is listed on the local, state and national registers.

Additional resources:

National Register nomination

Olympia Heritage inventory

For more information on the Schmidt family, see the Residents section of this website

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