History of the Homes

Main Street, Coupeville, Washington

 #702 John and Jane Kineth House / Blue Goose Inn 

1887 – Howard Lovejoy built the house for John & Jane Kineth on a tract of land the Kineths purchased from A.D. Blowers. The house was built as a retirement home for the Kineth family in an elegant Italianate style, set on the main street where it was visible with tall vertical bays, decorated frieze and carved brackets under the eaves.

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The construction was done with balloon framing (or “Chicago construction”) with diagonal bracing. This technique uses long, continuous framing members (studs) that run from the sill plate all the way to the top plate. The lumber was all hand sawn from fir trees on the Island.

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Illustration of balloon frame construction.

 The house maintains the original fireplace of marbleized stone, wide plank floors, 13-foot ceilings, a 1898 Kimball pump organ, and many period antique furnishings that transport one immediately to another world of long ago. Many of the historic light fixtures and chandeliers in the home were installed as dual-fuel lights with one section running on acetylene gas and the other on electricity. Before 1939, electricity service in Coupeville was limited to about 8 hours/day through the local generator co-op.

 

As the home was originally built, it included one water closet with hot and cold running water, a claw-foot tub, and a toilet with Thomas Crapper’s patented valve and siphon design, which was considered quite modern for the time. The original tub and vanity are still in use today.

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Pen & ink drawing from the Franklin & Bertha Stidham family who lived here from 1937 – 1941

Historic photo showing Kineth house (below) with picket fence and the Methodist Church with some early utility poles and a dirt street (probably between 1940 and 1960).

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An image of the Kineth house in Coupeville was also featured in a book called Daughters of the Painted Ladies: America’s Resplendent Victorians, by Elizabeth Pomada with photography by Douglas Keister (1987).