Location: 1601-1603 Capitol Way S
Wohleb; South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood

glidden duplexGlidden Duplex, 1938, Thurston County Assessor, Washington State Archives
glidden duplex
Glidden Duplex today (2015), photograph by Deborah Ross

Demonstrating once again the amazing breadth of his talents, Joseph Wohleb designed this classic Colonial style duplex in about 1938, the year the above left photo was taken, for Arno Glidden. Glidden was the son of teamster Frank Glidden, a longtime South Bay family (see Glidden Homestead and Glidden House on Central). He worked as a cement worker in Olympia and took a job at McCleary Door Company (see McCleary Mansion and McCleary-Robinson House) where he rose from the ranks of lumberman and eventually was a superintendent. Arno built three modest rental houses on Central Street in the 1920s (see link above). He built this much grander duplex for himself and his wife Christine Sylvester Glidden to live in, with furniture store owner Jacob Goldberg (see Goldberg‘s) shown as living in the other half in the 1940 census.

The house is not individually on the local register, but is in the South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood District.


Olympia Heritage inventory

South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood listing

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

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