The Rainbow Health Center occupies a Craftsman Bungalow built in 1925 on 4th Avenue East at McCormick in Olympia, Washington. Originally constructed from a Tumwater Lumber Mills kit, this historic house is made of old growth Douglas fir post and beam. The house features original fir and oak floors, an art tile fireplace, book and cabinet built ins, double hung windows and many exterior Craftsman architectural details. The surrounding land showcases a gorgeous yard and garden with mature hedges, large rhododendrons and roses, as well as edible plantings including apples, grapes, kiwis, figs, raspberries, and strawberries. A European chestnut tree, considered to be the City of Olympia’s finest historic tree resides at the front corner of the property at 4th and McCormick. Every fall it produces hundreds of burs with sweet delicious chestnuts inside. People come from miles around to gather the chestnuts for cooking special dishes.
This Craftsman Bungalow was the home of only two families–the Stoeckers from 1925-1939 and the Gunstones from 1939-2015. The Gunstones were the long-time owners of Central Drug at 4th and Central in Olympia. Careful stewardship and maintenance from both families plus professional rehabilitation have retained its historical integrity, qualifying it for both the State historic listing and the National Register of Historic Places—the only Tumwater Lumber Mills kit house on either list.
In 2015 the property was purchased by Rainbow Health LLC co-founders Teresa Guajardo, MA, LMHC and her wife and business partner Tina Roose. Renovations to the property included an historical restoration, conversion of the ground floor into a medical suite, and updates to the electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems. Following thirteen months of renovations, Rainbow Health Center opened its doors in May 2016.