Mansion

WaleskaL

Joined December 2008

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Local Castle, Official Stimson-Green Castle Website here

The exterior of the Mansion features English Tudor style half-timbered and stucco surfaces, ornamented gables, and diamond paned leaded glass windows. The massive single panel front door opens on decorative strapwork iron hinges.

The grand entry hall, pictured above, with its vaulted ceiling, oak paneled wainscoting, and carved pillars, also features wall coverings of gold leaf and hand-painted heraldic devices on canvas. The large hall connects each of our major function rooms, creating an open feeling with natural flow. This floor plan entices guest to mingle and enjoy the company and surroundings.

About the Mansion

Priscilla “Patsy” Bullitt Collins, granddaughter of the original owners of Stimson-Green Mansion, started the catering company by the same name in 1986. Over the years, she used a portion of the revenue to restore and maintain her family home. In the fall of 2001, Patsy gave the company and the Mansion itself to the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. A more gracious hostess or generous donor simply can’t be imagined. Stimson-Green Mansion now serves as headquarters for the nonprofit Washington Trust. The organization continues to use a portion of catering company revenue to maintain the landmark home and to fund historic preservation throughout the state.

Mansion’s Mystery is Solved

The following are excerpts from the Post Intelligencer on January 4th, 2005.

“Seattle’s historic Stimson-Green Mansion was decked out for the holidays – the century-old chandeliers were gleaming, roaring lions flanked the blazing main fireplace and the wedding champagne was flowing…….

But a massive black and gold safe stuck into the staircase wall leading to the Turkish-themed smoking room drew Brian Toye, a guest at his sister-in-law’s wedding, away from the post-vows merrymaking. The safe hadn’t been opened, he was told, for about 20 years. The combination had been lost. The mystery intrigued him, he started to fiddle with the big tumbler in the middle of the solid metal door. For kicks, he asked a passing staff member for some information about the mansion, wondering if it could hold a clue.

Following his hunch, Toye spun through some numbers associated with the Mansion. Nothing. He flipped their order. Nope.

He pause to think and juggled the digits some more.

Bingo!

The heavy door swung open. ‘There was nothing in there but a light bulb’ Toye said. The safe, about 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide and deep, only held empty wooden shelves and drawers. No jewels, furs, deeds or other mementos. But is was still exciting!!"

Mansion Owner – The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

Established in 1976, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is a statewide, non profit organization founded to safeguard Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, stewardship and collaboration. The Washington Trust fulfills its mission through a range of programs reaching communities in every part of the state. It advocates for strong public policies and financial incentives to support historic preservation. It provides technical assistance and public information on preservation issues and opportunities through it’s quarterly newsletter and other publications. The Trust works to be an effective problem-solver when local citizens need help on issues that threaten historic buildings. And, it plays a critical role in helping save landmarks by using tools such as its Most Endangered Historic Properties program and Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund to provide media attention, technical help, and a small amount of financial assistance to help insure that buildings are saved.

Thanks to the generous donation of the Stimson-Green Mansion by Patsy Bullitt Collins in 2001, the Washington Trust is proud owner and steward of one of the most significant residential landmarks in Seattle. In addition to serving as one of Seattle’s premier wedding and special event venues, for the first time in more than two decades, the Trust is now providing regular public tours of the Stimson-Green Mansion in conjunction with its neighbor, Historic Seattle who owns the H.H.Dearborn House. If you would like to book an educational and enjoyable historic tour of these mansions, join the Washington Trust or find out more about the Trust’s programs and services, please go to www.wa-trust.org
Historical tours of the Stimson-Green Mansion in conjunction with the neighboring Dearborn House are conducted by Historic Seattle. If you would like to book an educational and enjoyable historic tour of these Mansions, please contact (206) 622-6952 or visit their website http://www.historicseattle.org

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