Location: 137 Sherman St NW
Local register, Women’s history
|Samuel Ward House, 1970, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives||Samuel Ward House today (2009), photo by Deb Ross|
The Samuel Ward House was built by a member of the pioneer Ward family, which owned a lumber mill on the Deschutes River in Tumwater. The home was built in 1889, with a design by architect Mary Page. Miss Page was the first female architect in Olympia, and the only woman to rate a listing in the 1891 Olympia Tribune Souvenir Issue. The home is one of the finest examples of Queen Anne style in Olympia and sits on a bluff overlooking Budd Inlet. It is located in the area of West Olympia platted by Samuel Woodruff, also from a pioneer Tumwater family. Interestingly, Samuel Ward’s son, Samuel, Jr., himself became a noted local architect, responsible for the Robert Yantis home, among others.
The home was owned for several years by Vic Meyers, musician and Secretary of State.
Washington State Historical Society photograph, unscanned, enter the following catalog numbers in Collections Search box: C19126.96.36.199.8
For more information on the Ward family, see the Residents section of this website.