King County Landmarks: Thomas and Etta McNair House (ca. 1890), Burton, Vashon Island
Address: 22915 107th Avenue SW, Burton, Vashon Island. In 1884, Thomas and Etta McNair began living on and improving their land claim near Burton on Vashon Island. Every Monday, Thomas McNair commuted to Tacoma by rowboat. He would spend the week in the city while Etta worked on their farm. Like many other early settlers, the McNairs lived in a log house while starting out. In about 1890, Thomas built a substantial two-story wood-frame house that reflects the influence of the Queen Anne style in its asymmetrical elevations, ornate gable-end ornamentation and elegant porch. Thomas McNair also constructed a number of other Burton area structures, including the Quartermaster School.
King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission.