During a recent meeting of the Puyallup Design Review and Historic Preservation board one member, an architect, exclaimed that, although Pasadena, Calif., was noted for its Craftsman-style houses, Puyallup contains an equal number of them; yet, here they are, unremarked. I agree.
Craftsman-style bungalows are an outgrowth of the arts and crafts movement in the United States. It was a compromise between fussy Victorian and more common mass-produced housing.
Among the best-known names for this type of architecture are Harvey Ellis and the Greene and Greene Co. of Pasadena.
In nearby Tacoma, some of the best examples of Craftsman homes are identified by their architects; not so in Puyallup — at least it’s not common knowledge.
Just as the Meeker Mansion was designed by Tacoma architects, it may be that Tacoma also supplied the architects for our Craftsman homes. We just don’t know.
We’d like to change that, but we need your help. If you or a neighbor have a Craftsman home, and you know who the architect or builder is, email me at email@example.com.
Tell me what you know about your home: year built, builder, architect, whatever you can.
This will become part of a database that’s available to the community to expand our knowledge, and to celebrate one of the things that makes our community special.
KARSHNER MUSEUM CLOSES
Many of you are aware that the Puyallup School District has closed the Karshner Museum for at least a year.
The Historical Society is working with the district to ensure the historical materials Karshner has acquired throughout the years are not lost.Andy Anderson is the historian for the Puyallup Historical Society at Meeker Mansion. He can be reached at 253-848-1770.