Location: 137 Sherman St NW
Local register, Women’s history

Ward House_1970Samuel Ward House, 1970, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASamuel 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.

Additional resources:

Olympia Heritage inventory

Washington State Historical Society photograph, unscanned, enter the following catalog numbers in Collections Search box: C1964.

For more information on the Ward family, see the Residents section of this website.

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