Coupeville: Whidbey Island’s History Through Architecture

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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.

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The John and Jane Kinneth House (1887)

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Gothic Revival (1870)

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James and Katurah Coupe Gillespie House (1891)
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Alvah and Mary Blowers House (1874)

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Ernest and Nellie Lovejoy Watson House (1886)
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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!

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View back towards Coupeville from the pier.

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7 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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