Location: 523 Central St SE
|Glidden House-523 Central, 1970, Thurston County Assessor, Washington State Archives|
Glidden House-523 Central today (2013), photograph by Deborah Ross
The house at 523 Central Avenue SE is one of three homes in a row that were built by Arno Glidden around 1924 (the others are at 515 and 503 Central). They are relatively simple frame homes, each with a different set of decorative features. Arno Glidden was the son of teamster Frank Glidden, a longtime South Bay family (see Glidden Homestead). 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 these homes and rented them out to a variety of tenants. The homes are characteristic of many of the modest workers’ homes on the east side of Olympia.