East Benton County Historical Society

Kennewick, WA historic homes

Most historic homes built in Kennewick before 1930 tend to be variations on the Craftsman theme with exposed roof eaves, flared porch columns, and triangular based supports (coincidentally, this was also the most popular style in the rest of the country during this time). Also very popular were National folk forms (pyramidal, gable-front and wing, hall and parlor, I-house, massed plan side-gabled). These were the types of homes built by people with more modest means.

Many "high-style" forms commonly built after the turn of the century are represented including Colonial Revival (Dutch variants predominate), Tudor, and Spanish Eclectic. Notable missing exceptions are Neoclassical (which can be found in the Moore Mansion in Pasco), Chateauesque, Beaux Arts, French Eclectic, Italian Renaissance, and Richardson Romanesque forms. Typically, these are only found in larger urban areas as they were more expensive to build and popular with the well-to-do.

Although many people commonly refer to any high-pitched roofed house built around the turn-of-the century as "Victorian", there are very few, if any, true Victorian houses in the Tri-Cities area (the only type of Victorian represented is the Queen Anne style). Typically, these homes are simple National folk styles. The reason for this is because most permanent structures began to be built in the area around the turn of the century, decades after Victorian styles faded from the scene.

Many historic homes in Kennewick have been carefully restored by their owners, insuring their legacy will be experienced by future generations.

-Article written by Jeremy Wells


Click on the thumbnail images for a full-sized picture.

Key: Building is still standing. Building has been torn down.

 

Harry Beach Homestead (c1890)  
This house was located near the old Northern Pacific railroad bridge.

 

CJ Beach House (1892) National/folk I-house | 215 E. 1st Ave.
CJ Beach was a railroad millwright who laid out an early plat of Kennewick (which did not agree with the later plat by the Northern Pacific Railroad). He originally homesteaded in Kennewick in 1883, then moved to Ellensburg for nine years. When he returned in 1892, he built this home next to the railroad.

This is probably the oldest standing house in Kennewick today.

 

Sercombe House (1902)1 Probably East 3rd Ave. and Beech.
Mr. Sercomb was responsible for bringing the first irrigation water to town.1

1Information taken from original photograph.

 

Collins House (1905)1 Dutch Colonial Revival | 219 S. Washington St.
1Information taken from original photograph.

 

W.G. King House (c1905) Craftsman/Colonial Revival | 601 W Albany
Charles and Eleanor Morbeck, owners

House c. 1910


Sketch


House today


Inside, c. 1910

W.G. and Mary King bought the property in 1905 to build this fine house. Mr. King established the King and Son General merchandise Store on the corner of what is now Kennewick Avenue and Benton Street and Mrs. King was active in the Kennewick Women's Club. The house features exquisite windows, original cupboards and woodwork, and a claw foot tub in the bath. Old Maple trees stand in the front yard. Currently owned by Charles and Eleanor Morbeck, the character of the house is enhanced by the taste of Sylvia Bakan who makes her home there. She has furnished her home with antique furniture including Austrian china closets. All of the bears who share her home are her own handmade creations.

The style of this house is somewhat difficult to classify. It seems to incorporate a blend of Craftsman and Colonial Revival styles together. For example, the porch is Craftsman is style, while the roof is more typical for Colonial Revival homes.

 

LE Johnson House (1906) Craftsman | 504 W. Kennewick Ave.

House in 1906


House today

L.E. Johnson worked with the Amons in the banking business and started an insurance company. Johnson was also a Mayor of Kennewick. Later on, the Johnsons moved to the Brogunier House (see below).

From the way the house appears today, it is difficult to see its Craftsman-style roots. However, the original photo clearly shows the unenclosed roof eaves and porch design typical for Craftsman homes.

 

J.E. Tull House (1906) National (folk pyramidal) | 418 W Kennewick Avenue
Thomas Moak, owner

House c. 1915


Sketch


House today

Built about 1907, this charming house has served as home for two of Kennewick's most prominent families -- the Dr. L.G. Spaulding family (who rented it from J.E. Tull) and the W.R. Gravenslund family. After three years of vacancy, Thomas Moak purchased it in 1986 and is working hard to restore it. Outstanding features of the home include its three lovely porches, complete with wicker furniture and a porch swing, the pocket doors leading to the formal dining room furnished in cherrywood, and the original light switches. Also to be noted are the circa 1900 piano in the parlor, the walking stick of Mr. Moak's great-grandfather, his great-grandmother's silver coffee service on the sideboard and the auditorium chairs salvaged from an old school in Longview, Wa.

 

Dr. Crosby House (1906) Dutch Colonial Revival | 108 E. First Ave.
This was Dr. Crosby's first home in the area (the later one is at 503 W. Kennewick Ave.).

 

Church House (1906) Italian Renaissance/Mission inspired | 510 W. Kennewick Ave.

Original house


House today

M.H. Church owner of Church Grape Juice Company had this house built. This is one of the more unusual architectural styles in the area. It noteworthy for its lack of adornment (for the period) and simplicity--in some ways, foreshadowing future styles. The arches and stuccoed walls seem to speak of an Italian or Spanish influence.

The house, as it stands today, has been heavily modified and no longer has the unique porch.

 

AH Richards House (1906)1 Queen Anne (Victorian) | 905 W. Grande Ronde

Original house


House today

This is perhaps one of the few late Victorian style homes built in this area. Most of the exterior detailing survives with the exception of the roof balustrade on top of the porch.

1According to the Kennewick Courier, June 8, 1906.

 

J. Crowell House (c1907) Craftsmanesque | 523 W. Kennewick Avenue
James Crowell was an associate of C.A. Lundy (see the Lundy House which this house is next to). Mr. Crowell's wife was also Mr. Lundy's daughter. This house is unusual in that it has craftsman-like detailing (note the flared base of the porch), but the roof is very uncraftsmanlike (enclosed eaves) and seems to echo the basic roof design of it Dutch Colonial neighbor, the Lundy House.

 

Judge G. F. Richardson House (c1907) Dutch Colonial Revival | 216 South Auburn Street
Robert Ilten, owner

Original house


House today


House, approx 30 or 40 years ago.

George Frederick Richardson was perhaps Kennewick's only citizen who served in the U.S. Congress. While living in Michigan, Richardson served in Congress from 1893-1895. He moved to Kennewick in 1904 with his family and while here owned the Kennewick Transfer Co., had this fine home built, served as police judge, chairman of the school board, and two terms as Mayor of Kennewick (1914-1916). In 1916, he traded all of his Kennewick holdings to George R. Bradshaw, in exchange for a ranch near Ellensburg.

Bradshaw moved from Ellensburg to Kennewick, ran the Transfer Company, and lived in this house from 1916-1924. They sold the home to Frank and Carlotta Lincoln, natives of Massachusetts, who had been farming at the south end of Washington Street since 1909. Lincoln was a bookkeeper, a fine musician, grew beautiful flowers around the house, and was postmaster of Kennewick from 1934-1946.

Following Mrs. Lincoln's death in November 1942, the house was sold to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and served as a teacherage for the church school until purchased by Robert Ilten in 1977, who continues to own the home. Ross and Amy Courtney have resided in the home with their daughter since 1998.

The house retains some of its fine detailing, befitting the home of a congressman or mayor. Notice the small Palladian windows in the attic space and the fine double doors leading into the home. Martha Lincoln Carlson remembers some of the cabinetry work in the 1920s and 1930s done by the noted local carpenter, A.V. Lewis, including the enclosure of the claw foot tub (still-existing) in the downstairs bathroom. In the late 1930s, after all of the Lincoln children were gone, a kitchen and bath were added to one of the upstairs bedrooms and Kennewick schoolteachers resided here, providing additional income for the Lincolns. From the outside of the house, you can see how the house has changed since its 1907 design. Note the different foundations, siding, porches, reflecting the changes in the house over the passage of ninety years.

 

Sheppard House (1908) Craftsman with Pairie influence | 515 W. Kennewick Ave.
Edward Sheppard was a druggist and Mayor for the City of Kennewick. Later, Captain BB Smith, commander of the Pasco Naval Air Station, who was also Mayor of Kennewick, lived here.

 

John Dower Lumber Co. House (1908)1 National, pyramidal folk style | 15 S. Fruitland St.
  This building was moved in the 1950's to this location by the John Dower Lumber Company and is currently a house. Original location was Benton St. and Railroad Ave.1

1Walk Historic Kennewick guide by Tom Moak (c. 1992).

 

S. Henderson House (c1908) Craftsman | 422 First Ave.
  This house was designed by architect F.A. Swingle for Scott Henderson, editor of The Kennewick Reporter (Kennewick's former weekly newspaper). This home has recently been purchased for use by a religious facility.

 

A.V. McReynolds House (c1908) Queen Anne (Victorian) | W. Kennewick Avenue, next to the A.V. McReynolds Tenant House where the flower shop stands today.
A.V. McReynolds was known for being an excellent builder. He also built the A.V. McReynolds home which still stands today, next door. This was a nursing home before finally being torn down.

 

The C. A. Lundy House (1908) Dutch Colonial Revival | 529 W. Kennewick Avenue
Gary and Johnean Hansen, owners


The coyote club

C(yrus) A. Lundy was a real estate developer, riverboat owner, and Kennewick promoter, arriving in the community in 1902. In 1908, he built this $4,000 Dutch Colonial Revival concrete block house on the “best site in the city.” Unfortunately, Lundy died in 1910 of a heart attack during a climbing accident. His widow, Dora, lost the property and the house eventually passed into the hands of J(abez) B. Thomas, agent for the Union Pacific Railroad, and his wife Emma, who owned the house until the 1940s.

The house was rented to various parties--from 1913 to 1914 it was the home of the Coyote Club, a group of prominent Kennewick bachelors who “knew how to howl”. Joseph Siegfried, who ran the local Pacific Power & Light company, and his family lived here from 1919 to 1923, when their new home on First Avenue was finished. Later owned by nurseryman Glen Nagley (1948-1965), who remodeled it in the 1940's, and school administrator James Eierdam (1972-1984), the house was purchased by Gary and Johnean Hansen in 1985, who have continuously improved the home while living here.

Gary Hansen, an architect, craftsman, and visionary, designed the “look” and “feel” of the various rooms. Among the highlights of the house is the Victorian-style Polynesian-themed parlor, with deep blue high sky and beveled leaded glass windows. The blue and white colored kitchen, Johnean’s sewing area, and dining room pay tribute to the Dutch style of architecture. (When the Hansens moved in, the kitchen was out on the original back porch.) Upstairs, the hallway displays a portion of Gary’s unique collection of historic doorknobs. One bedroom is decorated in the nautical theme, in recognition of the importance of the river to C. A. Lundy, two bedrooms echo a more formal Victorian era, while the fourth showcases a Roman-styled spa.

 

A. V. McReynolds Tenant House (1909) Craftsman | 610 W. Kennewick Avenue
Paul and Joyce Scharold, owners

House c. 1930 (?)


House today

Built in 1909 as a tenant house by Kennewick contractor, A(rthur) V. McReynolds, who lived in a fine house next door where the flower shop now stands, this Craftsman-style home is in the process of restoration by owners/residents Paul and Joyce Scharold. After McReynolds died in April 1934, his widow, Sarah Voss McReynolds, moved into this house where she resided until her death in July 1948. Numerous owners followed and the house slowly deteriorated. When purchased by the Scharolds for $20,000 in 1986, only vagrants and mongrel cats frequented the house. Since then, the house has received a new foundation, roof, plumbing, and electrical systems as well as careful repair of the lath and plaster walls. The interior woodwork has been stripped and refinished.

Among the noteworthy features of the house are the working 1940s refrigerator, 1930s stove and family heirlooms from Iowa and North Dakota (including an 1850s bed). Many of the walls and ceilings have been rag painted, sponge painted, or stenciled by Joyce and almost all of the electrical, plumbing, and carpentry work has been done by Paul. Joyce has also refinished much of the antique furniture throughout their home, which they share with their five children.

The house has fine red fir woodwork, a leaded glass window in the living room, downstairs lighting fixtures, naturally lit upstairs walk-in closets, and the original clawfoot bathtub. The house also holds the Scharolds' interesting collections of birdhouses, musical instruments, and picnic baskets.

 

Dr. Crosby House (second residence - 1910) 503 W. Kennewick Ave.
This was Dr. Crosby's second home in the area (the first one is at 108 E. Kennewick Ave.). When originally built, it had a distinctive tower. This home has been very heavily modified from the original.

 

WR Amon House (c1910) Craftsman/Colonial Revival
SW corner of Kennewick Ave. and Fruitland
This house is an interesting mix of Craftsman and Colonial Revival. The supports on the wide, overhanging roof are unique in the area and are associated with more of a "high style" Craftsman. The porch columns are very Colonial Revival in style. A Craftsman porch would have square columns that would extend either directly, or through the assistance of a lower enclosure, directly to the ground.

 

WC Muldrow House (1910) Dutch Colonial Revival | 505 W. Kennewick Ave.
Ted and Camille Rivard, owners
W.C. Muldrow was the Manager of the Kennewick Irrigation District. During WWII this house was converted to a duplex. In 1989, the house was restored to its former layout.

 

Slaugenhaupt House (1910) Craftsman | 715 W Albany
The Southams, owners

When this house was built in 1910, Albany Street was still known as Kennewick Avenue. George and Phoebe Sherk purchased this home from the Slaugenhaupt's. Mr. Sherk operated a dry goods store in town and served as Mayor of Kennewick from 1916 to 1918.

This little jewel features beautiful woodwork throughout with a nice plate rail in the dining room. The original claw foot tub still occupies the bathroom. The kitchen stove is made from a mold dating from the Civil War era.

 

Capt. H. Vibber House (1915) Prairiesque/National pyramidal folk | 410 W. Kennewick Ave.
Captain H. Vibber operated a drugstore down the street from this home.

Although predominantly pyramidal folk (National) in style, some design elements lend a Prairesque feel to the structure.

 

Guy Haydon House (c1915) Craftsman | 421 W. Kennewick Ave.
This home was designed by architect F.A. Swingle. Later, this was the home of A.T. Belair, the bakery store owner.

 

Brogunier House (c1920) Colonial Revival | 509 Kennewick Ave.
This is only one of the few homes built in the area with Granger tiles (another is the Siegfried House). Thomas Brogunier was a local dentist.

 

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Parsonage (1920) Craftsman | 220 South Benton Street
Patrick and Bonnie Puntney, owners

Out of cement block that was made on the premises, this sturdy house was built to serve as a parsonage for Rev. R. C. Messerli, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church across the street. With the Reese family of Reese's Concrete as members of the church, cement block seemed an obvious choice for the parsonage. Reverend Messerli and his family moved in August 1920 and for the next 60 years Pastors Messerli, Kauth, Schroeder, Reiss, Gross, and Thoelke and their families lived here. Rev. Martin Kauth remained in residence and shepherded his flock the longest, from 1924 -1952.

In the early 1950s, the upstairs rooms were added on the south side of the house as Rev. Schroeder had a larger family than would fit comfortably in the bungalow. The Schroeders also kept chickens in the coop behind the house. In 1978, the church chose to sell the parsonage, establishing a fund from which its called workers might receive interest-free loans and purchase their own homes. Patrick and Bonnie Puntney have owned and lived in the home since purchasing it from the church in 1980.

Over the past year, utilizing 1920s photographs and a clear vision of the past, the Puntneys are taking the house back to its bungalow origins. Craftsman-style wooden columns and bookshelves have been built between the living room and dining room in the style of the originals that are long gone. A 1918 built-in china cabinet overlooks the Stickley table and appears as if it were always there. A new (1998) Craftsman-style kitchen was installed that provides the comforts of a modern era with the feel of an era gone by. View Bonnie's beautiful quiltwork and love of the quilting tradition throughout the house. Outside, there are the Puntneys' award winning gardens which were planted in 1994. The patio in the back yard utilizes brick from a fruit warehouse in Wenatchee and the fine wrought iron gate comes from an old Elks Lodge.

 

Dr. C. D. Hopper House (c1923) Craftsman w/ Tudoresque roof ("Germanic Cottage" variant)
522 First Avenue
Craig and Robyn Davis, owners
Dr. C(laire) D. Hopper was a well-liked physician in the little town of Richland, WA before the First World War. After the War, he chose to settle in Kennewick and about 1923,with his wife, Margaret, had a small one-story bungalow built on this large, prominent lot he bought from W. R. Amon. In 1928, Dr. Hopper chose to enter the Indian Health Service in Arizona and sold the house to his fellow physician, Dr. L. G. Spaulding. Dr. Hopper died in 1978 at age 102.

Dr. Spaulding, a widower with one son, Gene, had married Elizabeth McGahey in 1924, a nurse with two children, Bill and Marjorie. For Dr. and Mrs. Spaulding, Oden “Dutch” Staley added on to the small residence, to the east with a larger living room with fireplace and built-in bookshelves and porch and an entire second story with three bedrooms, bathroom, and sleeping porch. Dr. Spaulding died in June 1940 and Gene and his wife Gertrude sold the house in October 1941 to Merrill “Bob” Simmelink and his wife Ruth, who came with their children, Tommy, Cork, and Leona from farming on the Horse Heavens. After Bob Simmelink died in 1952, Ruth moved out in 1958, and the Brunner family owned the home for over thirty years. Craig and Robyn Davis bought the house in June 1998 and have been living in it with their two young sons and restoring it to its 1920s beauty.

A new spacious kitchen was installed in 1999, incorporating the original kitchen and sun porch and the traditional look of the 1920s. As the Davis’s proceed, they have returned the house's original character, uncovering the red fir floors, adding appropriate doors and windows, making it feel fit for the most prominent citizens of Kennewick of the 1920s or for a young family of the 21st century. A collection of antique trunks and furnishings add to the charm of this home.

 

J. Siegfried House (1923) National (Pyramidal folk form) | 507 W. First Avenue
Mr. and Ms. Silliman, owners

This house was built in 1923 for Virginia and Joseph Siegfried by Arthur McReynolds. Mr. Siegfried was Superintendent of Pacific Power and Light and Mrs. Siegfried was a glass collector and lecturer. The house is made of Granger tile, one of the few such homes in Kennewick. Except for the kitchen and the bathrooms, the house is all original including the light fixtures. Of special note in the dining room are the Bingn Grondal plates, Mrs. Siegfried's glass collection and the Hellelwhite pineapple dining room furniture. Also of note is the spoon collection of Mr. Silliman's mother, and the original architectural plans for the home.

 

C. Powell House (c1930) Colonial Revival | 503 First Ave.
  This house was built for Charles Powell, a prominent attorney and later a Federal District Judge.

 

Research, photography (except for Mcreynolds Tenant & Hopper houses) and architectural analysis by Jeremy Wells. Source material from the EBCHS archives. Thanks to Tom Moak for his in-depth knowledge of local buildings. Do you have anything to add or correct? Please e-mail the EBCHS at ebchs@gte.net


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