Location: 123 Rogers St NW
|W.W. Work house 1939, Thurston County Assessor’s photograph from Southwest Regional Archives|
W.W. Work House today (2011), photo by Deborah Ross
In the late 1880s, Samuel Woodruff acquired and platted a large part of West Olympia, selling off lots at reasonable prices. Rogers Street was included in the Woodruff Plat, and still contains several original homes, a few of which (not this one) are in the Rogers Street local historical district. While a handful of homes in this area are larger (for example, the Seeley-McIntyre house), most represent modest workers’ houses. This home, which has not been inventoried by the city, appears to represent a typical bungalow-style home, and was included in a collection of historic homes in 1949 by historian Adah Dye.
William W. Work, a Civil War veteran, arrived in Olympia in about 1881. He was a house painter. Their daughter Muriel Work Bartram lived here after her parents.
Washington State Historical Society photographs (enter the following catalog numbers in Collections Search box): C19126.96.36.199.5 (unscanned photo circa 1949)
W.W. Work family information from Ancestry.com, accessed May 30, 2012