Gruhlke House

Location: 1114-1116 8th Ave SE
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Kurt Cobain in EastsideGruhlke House in 1991, poster for Olympia punk rock compilation album, courtesy City of Olympia???????????????????????????????Gruhlke House today (2014), photo by Deb Ross

This well maintained Queen Anne home was built around 1903 by Rolph Gruhlke, a German-born carpenter. Along with characteristic shingling, columns, and cornices, it has an unusual front porch with a circular roof.

The home is associated with the punk rock movement in Olympia in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The photograph at above left is a promotional poster for a compilation album of local punk groups that was recorded in the house. The home is on the local inventory, but not the register. It has been converted into a duplex.

Thank you to owner Kathy Gilliam for additional information about the home and to Anna Schlecht for unearthing the poster. Thank you to Olympia’s music community for additional identifications. 

For more information follow these links:

Olympia Heritage inventory

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