James A. Perkins House

N. 623 Perkins St., Colfax, Washington


James A. Perkins House

View from East

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in August 2010




James A. Perkins settled here in 1870, built a squared-log cabin, and established the first homestead in this part of the Palouse River valley. He constructed the first sawmill in Colfax, used his cabin for the site of the first Republican convention in Whitman County and his sawmill for the first Democratic convention, opened the town's first bank, was elected mayor five times and served in the state legislature. In 1884, he began building this two-story Italianate-style frame house, featuring four balconies, bay windows, and extensive Italianate detail constructed from local material. No imported glass or wood.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 11, 1972
Reference number
NR name
Perkins, James A., House
Architectural style
Areas of significance
Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1870; 1885
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3

Update Log 

  • August 31, 2010: New photos from K. A. Erickson