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Catalog Number WF 0222.A,B
Caption Laurie Mansion
Description Reverend James A. Laurie built this Queen Anne style Victorian era mansion at the SW corner of 32nd and H (Prospect Hill.) One of the leaders of the Presbyterian Church, Laurie was born in Jacksonville, Illinois. His parents, emigrants from Scotland, came to the U.S. in 1830. Laurie married Sarah Fisk in Massachusetts and came to Washington Territory in 1884. He was in charge of the Presbyterian Church in Ellensburg, Washington, for five years before moving to another ministry in Seattle. "Failing health, caused by overwork," led him to resign from the ministry, and in 1890 he and his family moved to Anacortes. The Lauries had three children: Rev. James A., John A., Anna. Laurie purchased land from Rienzi Whitney to build his mansion. On 1-3-1906, the Laurie's daughter was married at the mansion to John Griffith, a clerk at Woodin's Department Store; they then moved to Elbe. Laurie also had extensive land holdings on Padilla flats.
1900 U. S. Census:
Laurie, James E., age 65; retired minister; born 1835 in IL.
Laurie, Sarah, age 63, born in MA
Children: Abbott, 24; Anna, 19; both born in MN
On 9-15-1949, the ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Fire razes old Laurie Mansion; on hill at 32nd street where road turns toward Hart Lake." The newspaper reported that locals referred to the structure as "the Castle."
Date 1940s early
Photographer WITTMAN, Jack
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Structure - Residence
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Laurie mansion
Presbyterian Church
Prospect Hill
Woodin's Department Store
Padilla flats
Victorian house
Queen Anne
Object Name Print, Photographic