Neighborhood History


The western portion of Port Gardner was one of the 1st residential neighborhoods in Everett. Established over 100 years ago, this neighborhood contains many of Everett’s earliest homes.


Initially a neighborhood of mill houses, simple bungalows and cottages made of lumber from Everett’s mills, the homes in Port Gardner became more architecturally elaborate as people with higher incomes moved into the area. Later styles included the American Foursquare, Classic Revival, and Dutch Colonial Revival.

The Port Gardner neighborhood is the setting for a variety of transitional architectural styles that have retained much of their original character.

Rucker Family

In 1903, the pioneering Rucker family built their mansion atop the hill overlooking Port Gardner Bay. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, the Rucker Mansion is one of the City’s most treasured architectural gems.


The fine houses below the mansion formed a district around the hill. A walk around Grand Hill and Rucker Hill provides an opportunity to see some of the best of Everett’s turn-of-the-century architecture as well as lovely gardens and views of the bay and the mountains beyond.