As a working-class boy growing up in the 1920s, Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson used to deliver newspapers to the stately Butler Mansion on Grand...

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As a working-class boy growing up in the 1920s, Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson used to deliver newspapers to the stately Butler Mansion on Grand Avenue in Everett.

Forty years later, Jackson became a widely known Democratic U.S. senator for Washington and was able to buy the house that he then lived in until his death in 1983.

“It was the first house my father ever purchased,” said his son Peter Jackson, who grew up in the house and is now a freelance writer in Seattle.

The three-story home, still the residence of Jackson’s wife, Helen, will be one of 10 featured as part of the Historic Homes of Everett Tour on Saturday.

Not only do the homes represent pieces of Everett’s past, they’re also an indication of the quiet success of the nonprofit, Historic Everett, which organizes the event every year.

The group, founded about six years ago, is a grass-roots effort with a David-and-Goliath-like cause: to save historic buildings from destruction.

Modeling itself on the active Historic Seattle organization, the nonprofit has helped to save at least a handful of homes in Everett since it was founded, including two that will be on the tour this weekend.

Those homes, the George and Ida Hilzinger House and the Howard S. Wright House, both on Rucker Avenue, are being cleaned out for renovation.

“They were subdivided into apartments, and the owners’ heirs were trying to sell the property,” said Patti Lohse, vice president of Historic Everett.

The group also recently lobbied the city of Everett and Providence Everett Medical Center to save a neighborhood of historic houses known as the Donovan homes.

While half of the homes were razed for expansion of the hospital, 11 were saved and moved by local developer Steve Hager to a different location.

Historic Everett is also involved in trying to save the Collins building, formerly a casket factory, at the Port of Everett.

In the past few years, the organization has grown from a handful of people to more than 150 members, a feat that President Bill Belshaw attributes to increasing awareness of the value of preserving historic buildings.

To that end, the group holds workshops about once a month about historic preservation, in addition to the annual home tour.

“Saving buildings isn’t just something that comes up when a building needs to be saved — we’re also involved in education and advocacy,” Belshaw said.

Kirsten Orsini-Meinhard: 425-745-7804 or


If you go

Historic Homes

of Everett Tour


Self-guided tour begins at the Hartley Mansion, 2320 Rucker Ave.


9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


Tour of 10 historic Everett homes, including two that are on the National Register of Historic Places.


General admission, $15; Historic Everett members pay $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance at J. Matheson Kitchen & Gourmet, 2609 Colby Ave., or the day of the event at Hartley Mansion.

More information

Call Patti Lohse at 425-303-0733 or go to