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R. H. Espy House

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1871, R. H. Espy, builder. Territory Rd. and Division St.
  • (Photograph by Laura Richardson)
  • (Photograph by J. Philip Gruen)
  • (Photograph by J. Philip Gruen)
  • (Photograph by J. Philip Gruen)

Built shortly after the marriage of one of Oysterville’s original founders, Robert Hamilton Espy, to his wife, Julia, this house is located near the corner of Territory Road and Division Street facing east towards the bay in the Oysterville Historic District.

The farmhouse is T-shaped in plan and is built of redwood with clapboard siding and alternating bands of diamond butt and fish-scale shingles on the two gable ends. It also features a bay window, double-hung windows with single mullions, and a shed-roofed veranda supported by turned posts running the length of the house front. A solarium and several additional outbuildings were added to the back of the home, likely due to the space needed for the couple’s eight children.

Writing Credits

Laura Richardson
J. Philip Gruen
Robert R. Franklin



  • 1871

    Design and construction

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Laura Richardson, "R. H. Espy House", [Oysterville, Washington], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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