St. Andrew’s House began as a retreat center for the Diocese of Olympia in 1954, when the Lodge and its seven acres were given as a gift to the diocese by the Norton Clapp family, purchased from the Arthur Symons family, who had built the Lodge in 1928. Shortly thereafter, the Hawthorn Dent family donated the Cottage, below the Lodge on the Hood Canal, to Bishop Stephen Bayne as a place for his rest and recreation. Bishop Bayne then dedicated what is now Bayne Cottage for the use of all diocesan clergy and their families.
Since that time, St. Andrew’s House has expanded its hospitality to include churches and clergy of all denominations, art groups, nonprofit organizations, family events, weddings, and retreats of all kinds. A large renovation in 1999, conducted by Burt Duncan, expanded the capacity of St. Andrew’s, adding the Chapel, Sun Room, Dining Room, and more rooms for guests.
- Continue to upgrade equipment and capacity to increase accessibility for guests with physical or health concerns
- Increase staff compensation to improve job retention and quality of life
- Build maintenance reserve to ensure that facilities stay in excellent condition
- Build the Endowment Fund to provide sustainability for the years ahead
Ways to Contribute
- Make donations on an annual or monthly basis to build the foundation for a healthy community of caring ministry
- Give gifts designated to meet specific needs, such as new equipment or projects that particularly touch your heart
- Include St. Andrew’s House in your trust or estate planning. You can leave a lasting legacy that will impact this sacred space for years to come