Hamley House

Location: 3008 Lorne St SE
Local register

hamley_1941Hamley House, 1941, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional ArchivesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHamley House today (2014), photo by Deb Ross

The Hamley House was built in 1940 for Frederick Hamley, a lawyer, public official, and judge. While most of his professional career was in Seattle and later on in San Francisco as a member of the 9th Circuit court of appeals, he lived for several years in Olympia as an attorney for the Public Service Commission and later a member of the Supreme Court, which he chaired in 1955 and 1956. While in Olympia he researched the availability of Unitarian churches in the area. Finding none, he was instrumental in founding the Olympia Unitarian Fellowship, which continues to this day as the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Community.

This home is described as a minimal traditional style, but includes “modern” features such as the corner window, glass block by the entryway, and a large chimney facing the street. The home is on the local register.

Additional resources:

Olympia Heritage inventory

Frederick Hamley papers at University of Washington

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