Location: 423 Olympic Way SW
Local register; Wohleb

Roys_1939Roys House in 1939, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARoys House today (2014), photo by Deb Ross

Hartman Roys was a supervisor at the Port of Olympia and, around 1939, commissioned architect Joseph Wohleb to build this home overlooking the Deschutes Estuary and on out Budd Inlet to the port. It is described as being an Art Moderne interpretation of the Colonial Revival style. The wrap-around plate glass windows would have been particularly stylish and offered views over the city. The home had a commanding view of downtown Olympia and the dome of the Legislative Building (now obscured by trees). It is perched on a hillside on the west side, above the Fifth Avenue bridge, which did not exist at the time the home was built. The home is on the local register.

More information:

Olympia heritage inventory

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