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.
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.
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.”