Property Watch: Midcentury Design Meets Nature in Olympia

When the Davidson family first bought this property, it was nearly seven acres of secluded forest along the Eld Inlet in Olympia. Today, not much has changed, except for the creative, light-filled midcentury modern home—pristine since 1962—nestled inside.

The family commissioned Tacoma native Robert M. Jones, who started his career in the offices of renowned local architect Paul Thiry, to design their dream home. Custom abodes surrounded by nature were a specialty of his, including his own place in Fircrest; according to his obituary, he took joy in shaping homes around trees to preserve as many of them as possible. 

The Davidson home has

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