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Daniel T. Bigelow House, 918 East Glass Avenue, Olympia, Thurston County, WA



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Location
918 East Glass Avenue, Olympia, WA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS WA-161
Building/structure dates: 1854 initial construction
Significance: The significance of the Bigelow House rests on its architecture, construction, and most importantly, on its association with Daniel R. Bigelow, pioneer lawyer and member of the first legislature of Washington Territory. The house is one of the oldest buildings remaining in Olympia. Its Gothic Revival Style, reflected in the ornate gable bargeboards, was common at the time this house was built, but there are few remaining in the Olympia area. A significant structural feature of the house is its unusual foundation. It rests on cedar logs that float like a raft directly on the earth. Daniel R. Bigelow was a very important figure in the development of Olympia and Washington Territory. He was a graduate of Harvard Law School, a lawyer, and an early defender of human rights. In 1853, he helped rewrite the laws of Oregon Territory. He held numerous public offices on the local and county levels as well as serving in the first legislature of Washington Territory where he was among those responsible for women voting in 1884 and 1886.

Subjects
Houses
Wooden Buildings
Domestic Life


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST
2. SOUTH (STREET) SIDE
3. EAST SIDE LOOKING SOUTHWEST
4. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTHWEST
5. NORTH SIDE
6. NORTH PORCH DETAIL
7. NORTHWEST PORCH DETAIL
8. FIRST FLOOR, PIANO ROOM, EAST WALL, FIREPLACE
9. FIRST FLOOR, VIEW FROM PIANO ROOM INTO DINING ROOM
10. FIRST FLOOR, VIEW FROM DINING ROOM INTO PIANO ROOM
11. FIRST FLOOR, DINING ROOM, SOUTHWEST CORNER, STAIRWAY DETAIL
12. FIRST FLOOR, WEST WALL, STAIRWAY DETAIL
13. STABLE/WOODSHED LOOKING NORTHWEST
14. STABLE/WOODSHED, NORTH SIDE
15. STABLE/WOODSHED, WEST SIDE


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