Commanding Officers Quarters
The Commanding Officer's Quarters is currently closed for restoration.
The house is one of Fort Worden's finest buildings. It was completed in April 1904, and many military families resided here. Located at the head of Officers’ Row, the Commanding Officer’s Quarters overlooks Admiralty Inlet, with Mt. Baker and the Cascades in the background. Late Victorian and Edwardian furnishings provide a unique glimpse into the life of a senior U. S. Army officer and his family in the first decade of the 20th century.
Special features of the Commanding Officer’s Quarters include the cross-gabled slate roof with fancy chimneys and decorated boxed cornices; fireplaces in the parlor, dining room and study; and built-in cabinets in the dining room with glass doors. The nearly 6,000 square foot quarters also has 10-foot-high pressed tin ceilings, pocket doors, Palladian windows and brass chandeliers.
Most military buildings of this era are long gone, but Fort Worden's have been preserved. These surviving quarters are excellent examples of the attractive order, style and grace of the new century. The designs were created by the U. S. Army Quartermaster Department in order to make life more bearable for its soldiers in the often isolated posts.
Fort Worden State Park is on the state and national Register of Historic Places and has been declared a National Historic Landmark.