Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Thiry, Paul, AIA, Architect (firm); Paul Albert Thiry Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1939

Olympia, WA

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The Nash House is one of the most Modern Pacific Northwest houses of its time, utilizing a flat roof, circular stair, walls of glass, and minimal, expressed structural elements. While Modern in style, the house retained some standard elements expected of an upper-middle class dwelling of the time, including a servant's room, a linen closet, a library, and a kitchen isolated from main living areas. (Servants working in the kitchen were to be viewed as little as possible.)

A striking feature of the Nash House was the circular stairway, placed centrally within the house, constructed by the master woodworker, George Nakashima, who was born in Seattle, WA. The house had four main bedrooms on the upper floor, with a servant's bedroom in the basement. A large recreation room occupied the east side of the basement, as well.

PCAD id: 14967