Coupeville: Whidbey Island’s History Through Architecture

Coupeville, tucked in Penn Cove on the eastern side of Whidbey Island, was first platted in 1883 and despite its small size retains a large number of historic buildings. Over thirty, in fact, date to the Territorial Era (1850-1875). Coupeville is within Ebey’s Landing, the first National Historical Reserve in the nation.  Whidbey is one of my favorite weekend destinations (see here, here, and here), and I never tire of strolling through Coupeville or stopping through Deception Pass State Park. This trip I took advantage of the quiet streets and gray skies, and took some snaps of my favorite buildings.

If you’re making the trip (or just want to know a little more about Coupeville), be sure to check out the Self-GuidedWalking Tour brochure, online here.


The John and Jane Kinneth House (1887)

Gothic Revival (1870)


James and Katurah Coupe Gillespie House (1891)

Alvah and Mary Blowers House (1874)


Ernest and Nellie Lovejoy Watson House (1886)

The Jacob and Berthe Jenne House (1889). This and the pink Italianate (top) were both built by H. B. Lovejoy. Definitely two peas in a pod!


View back towards Coupeville from the pier.


12 thoughts on “Coupeville: Whidbey Island’s History Through Architecture

    1. Aren’t these great?! Definitely would be a good topic to dig into. Thanks to its location in Ebey’s Landing, there seems to be a good amount of literature about Coupeville and environs.

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  1. Do you know the architectural name of the Blowers house in Coupeville? Is it Gothic Revival or Carpenter Gothic or??? Thanks 🙂 Beautiful pictures!


    1. I would say it’s a Washington vernacular house with Greek Revival influences (namely, the door with sidelights/transom and the front facing gable end). And thanks, love Coupeville! 😊


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