Charles Larsen House joins Edmonds historic register

The Larsen residence, now home to McDonald McGarry Insurance.

The Larsen residence, now home to McDonald McGarry Insurance.

The latest addition to the Edmonds Register of Historic Places is — drum roll, please — the Charles Larsen House at 630 Main St.

While the exact construction date is unknown, the house appears in an early 1890s photograph taken from the roof of the newly-constructed Edmonds Graded School. Built in 1891, the school provided an excellent panorama of the young city and the adjacent Larsen House, and what appears to be a person standing by the back door.

Named for former Edmonds City Marshall Charles M. Larsen, who lived in the house from approximately 1928-1960, the structure is a fine example of the American Foursquare (Working Man’s Foursquare) style popular from the 1890s into the 1930s. Despite some minor changes to the siding materials and the addition of a rear porch, the house retains its original architectural character today.

This photo shows the Larsen house in the early 1890's, the single story house in the right foreground.  Main Street is the dirt road to the immediate right of the house. This photo was taken from the roof of the newly-completed Edmonds Graded School, which opened in 1891. (Photo courtesy of the Edmonds Historical Museum)

This photo shows the Larsen house in the early 1890′s, the single story house in the right foreground. Main Street is the dirt road to the immediate right of the house. This photo was taken from the roof of the newly-completed Edmonds Graded School, which opened in 1891. (Photo courtesy of the Edmonds Historical Museum)

 Incoming chair of the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission Gerry Tays affixes the commemorative plaque to the Larsen House, 630 Main Street. (Photo by Janice Carr)

Incoming chair of the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission Gerry Tays affixes the commemorative plaque to the Larsen House, 630 Main Street. (Photo by Janice Carr)

The Larsen House now officially joins 16 other properties on the Edmonds Register of Historic Places. Homes and buildings on the register are associated with the early development of Edmonds, and retain their original architectural integrity. Located next to the present-day Edmonds Library parking lot, the Larsen House is one of the few remaining original Edmonds home on this block, most of which have been replaced with multifamily structures.

Mayor Dave Earling presents the commemorative plaque designating the Larsen House's addition to the Edmonds Register of Historic Places to owners Sandy and John McDonald and daughter Meagan, center. John inherited the insurance agency business from his father Bob McDonald. Meagan works as office manager and is poised to become the third generation of the family to run the business. (Photo Janice Carr)

Mayor Dave Earling presents the commemorative plaque designating the Larsen House’s addition to the Edmonds Register of Historic Places to owners Sandy and John McDonald and daughter Meagan, center. John inherited the insurance agency business from his father Bob McDonald. Meagan works as office manager and is poised to become the third generation of the family to run the business. (Photo Janice Carr)

The Larsen House is currently owned by John and Sandy McDonald, and serves as the home of the McDonald-McGarry Insurance Company.

“I am pleased to see this latest example of how we are preserving our local heritage,” said Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling. “Edmonds has rich history spanning more than 150 years, and I applaud the volunteer members of the Historic Preservation Commission for their efforts to protect and celebrate our past.”

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  1. This is wonderful. The McDonalds are great stewards of that historic house too. They’ve taken great pains to preserve and cherish it’s history.

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