Location: 303 17th Ave SW
Local register; South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood; Wohleb
|Springer House 1939, Thurston County Assessor, Southwest Regional Archives||Springer House today (2013), photo by Deb Ross|
Demonstrating his breadth of vision and architectural virtuosity, Joseph Wohleb designed the Colonial Revival style Springer House about 1917, around the same time he was designing homes and buildings in a wide variety of other styles (Craftsman, Mission, and Dutch Colonial, among others). This large and important home was built for Charles H and Eva Springer. Springer was the co-founder of Springer and White Lumber Mills. The company was vertically integrated, owning timber, sawmills, and their finished lumber plant in Olympia. Lumber was shipped here along a specially built spur of the Northern Pacific railroad, which still runs down Jefferson Street. Here it was turned into doors, windows, and other finished products.
According to the inventory for the home, Springer himself hand selected much of the lumber for this beautifully maintained home. It is on the local register and in the South Capitol National Historic Neighborhood.