A Tacoma home built for suffragist Virginia Mason and her family in 1905 is on the market for $798,000. The Mason House at 2501 N. Washington Avenue is 111 years old and has only been sold three times in its history.
The Greek revival/colonial-style mansion is well-known as Tacoma’s highest house in elevation. Located in the city’s Proctor District, the home features tall columns, large communal spaces and beautiful views of the Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier. It was originally built on the site of a horse racing track, the Tacoma Speeding Park, by architect C.F. Erickson. Erickson was part of the mob that forced Chinese community members out of Tacoma in 1885, reports The News Tribune.
Although the architect was unkind, the homeowner was righteous. Virginia Mason was a national leader in the suffragist movement, fighting for women’s rights to vote. She served as the Vice President of the Washington Equal Suffrage Association and held many organizing meetings in her home where she helped form the National Council for Women Voters.
Mason and her family spent $12,000 to build the seven bedroom, three bathroom home. The home is now owned by a husband and wife who undertook many renovation efforts to bring the house up to present day standards. The couple updated the kitchen and outfitted the 20-foot-by-28-foot living room with lincrusta, an embossed wall covering. They were married in that living the same day that they closed on the house, reports The News Tribune.
Garden rooms with different themes including parterre, woodland, Zen, sitting, and Savannah courtyard.
Listing agent Leighanne Cheslik is also the daughter of the homeowners. She put the house on the market last year at a higher price, but thinks that with this year’s hot real estate market, the historic 4,800-square-foot home will sell. For more information see the full listing here.