Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Russell and Babcock, Architects (firm); Everett Phipps Babcock (architect); Ambrose James Russell (architect)

Dates: constructed 1908

4 stories

Olympia, WA

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Designed by the Tacoma, WA-based architecture firm of Russell and Babcock, this four-story Georgian Colonial Style residence was built as a temporary dwelling in 1908, but lingered over the years, until it was renovated for permanent habitation in 1973.

Plans to demolish the Governor's Mansion swirled around the Washington State Legislature on several occasions, in 1928, 1963 and the early 1970s. A non-profit group, Foundation for the Preservation of the Governor's Mansion, organized by Governor Dan Evans's wife, Nancy Bell Evans (b. 1933), raised $600,000 to cover remodeling and renovation costs. Renowned Seattle interior designer, Jean Jongeward 1917-2000), working gratis, provided a master plan for the effort, calling for antiques of the 1780-1830 era to furnish the interior.

PCAD id: 9263