Location: 212 19th Ave SW
South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood
|Robert Yantis House 1939, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives|
Robert 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.
Thank you to Michael Houser of DAHP for additional information and photographs of the house