Location: 1532 Columbia St SW
Local register; South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood; Diversity: Scandinavians
|Harmon House, 1939, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives|
Harmon House today (2013), photo by Marisa Merkel
The Harmon House is one of several homes that were ordered by catalogue from the Tumwater Lumber Mills Ready Cut Homes. The company was founded by the Anderson family, who were Swedish. Over fifty homes in the South Capitol Neighborhood were from the TLM catalogue. Five homes in a row in this block were dubbed “Swede row,” in recognition of the Anderson family’s origin (the Rogers Street local historic district in West Olympia also features several TLM homes). The Harmon home’s design was featured in Tumwater Lumber Mills’s 1922 catalogue, and was bought by C.M. Harmon in 1928. Harmon was also associated with the lumber industry, being an officer in Hyak Lumber Company in downtown Olympia. The house has a combination of Craftsman style and Dutch Colonial features. It is on the local register and located in the South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood.