Location: 2109 East Bay Drive NE
Local register?, Wohleb
|Joseph Jeffers House, 1939, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives||Joseph Jeffers House today (2015), photo by Deb Ross|
Joseph Jeffers arrived in Olympia as an infant and took an interest in photography from a very early age. He established his own studio in 1904, and hired preeminent architect Joseph Wohleb to design a photography studio, the Jeffers Building at 4th and Washington, in Wohleb’s signature Mission style, but with a large north-facing light at the roof line. Joseph Jeffers’s home here was built in 1922, also with a Wohleb design. Unfortunately, he lived in the home only two years, dying in a mountain-climbing accident in 1924. His wife continued to live here and continued in the photography business with their son Vibert until the 1970s. The home is one of the finest on East Bay Drive, and has been listed in the local register. It is a Craftsman style building, but current owners have installed a tile roof that echoes Wohleb’s signature Mission style.