Location: 212 19th Ave SW
South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood

Yantis_1939Robert Yantis House 1939, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives
robert yantis houserRobert Yantis House today (2013), photograph Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation

The Robert Yantis house is connected with two very early Olympia-area families. It was built in 1911, making it among the earlier Craftsman style homes in the South Capitol Neighborhood. According to architectural historian Michael Houser, it was designed by Samuel Ward, Jr. Ward was the son of Samuel Ward Sr. (see Ward House) and grandson of Tumwater pioneer mill owner Ira Ward. The home is a classic example of a hip-roof Craftsman style Bungalow.  The inset corner porch boasts an unusual arched opening. The home is in the South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood but not individually inventoried. 

Robert Yantis was the son of John Vivian Yantis, a local photographer and printer, and the grandson of Benjamin Yantis, who arrived at Bush Prairie in 1853. Robert was also a printer and publisher, working at the Olympian and later the Washington Recorder.

South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood

For more information on the Ward and Yantis families, see the Residents section of this website.

Thank you to Michael Houser of DAHP for additional information and photographs of the house

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