Location: 703 Governor Stevens SE
|Robert and Jeannette Schmidt House, 1940, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives||Robert and Jeannette Schmidt House today (2014) photo by Deb Ross|
The Robert and Jeannette Schmidt house is one of several in this area associated with the Schmidt family, founders and owners of the Tumwater Brewery (see Frederick Schmidt House, Leopold Schmidt, Jr. House, Lo Ma Villa, and the Schmidt Mansion in Tumwater). Robert began as a brewer and worked his way up to the presidency of the company. This home, built around 1940 by Victor Wickstrom, was one of the later models of the Tumwater Lumber Mills ready-built homes, and reflects a more modern sensibility than the earlier Tudor styles for which they were known in the 1920s (see the Harmon House, for example). (Note that the inventory listing for this house shows a built date of 1941, but the above photograph was taken in 1940) Robert A. Schmidt was the last member of the family to head the company. The Schmidts also lived in the listed Watkins House for a time before they moved here.
The home is listed on the local register.