Location: 420 Lybarger St SE
|Purdue House 1939, Thurston County Assessor, Washington State Archives|
Purdue House today (2014), photo by Deb Ross
This modest, well-preserved home in Olympia’s East Side was built about 1922. It was owned for several years by Archie and Eva Purdue. Archie worked in the veneer mills downtown, and Eva as a saleswoman in George Crabill’s Olympia Fruit Company. The home is listed as a “vernacular” style, which means that it reflects local tradition and materials. It is on the local register.
The heritage inventory for this house says that one puzzling feature is a granite marker in the yard engraved “Elizabeth Johnson.”