Presby House

411 N Grant Ave, Goldendale, WA

Queen Anne style Victorian mansion built in 1902


Presby House

Photo taken by Richard Doody in September 2011



Winthrop Bartlett Presby came to Goldendale in 1888. The 29 year old Dartmouth College graduate began the study of law under Judge Ralph "Oregon" Dunbar and assisted in the drafting the Washington State Constitution. Presby went on to serve as mayor of Goldendale, a U.S. Land Commissioner and a member of the Washington State Senate.

In 1902, he contracted with Pierce Brothers, carpenters to build the house at an estimated cost of $8000. The house boasts twenty rooms on three floors. The main floor features four fireplaces with ornately carved wood mantels, inlaid with ceramic tile. The fireplaces are flanked by the pocket doors which lead into the parlor, office, and dining room. The house was later utilized as a family residence as well as a boarding house of school teachers and railway workers. The house was sold to the Klickitat County Historical Society in 1962.

Update Log 

  • May 16, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


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