A Mysterious Mansion in Tacoma, WA, Is Headed for Public sale

A once-dilapidated mansion in Tacoma, WA, will quickly go to the very best bidder.

The 11,000-square-foot residence, often known as Rust Mansion, was inbuilt 1907. It’s going up for a no-reserve auction Feb. 9–14.

Till just lately, few had been contained in the place.

“What makes Rust Mansion particular is it’s an iconic home that no one’s ever been in,” explains itemizing agent Michael Morrison, with Morrison Home Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty. “It’s been closed off to the general public, and there’s truly been no inside images.”

Now the web is abuzz over the restoration.

“It’s the home that everybody who grew up in Tacoma needed to get inside, and now they’ll,” Morrison says.


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Exterior particulars

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Dwelling house

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Wooden-paneled eating room

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Historic residence

Smelter and refiner William Ross Rust constructed the house for his household, and the design was forward of its time. It consists of seven bedrooms, a ballroom, and loads of residing areas.

“My favourite factor is definitely the ground plan,” Morrison says. “It’s livable and workable.”

The forward-thinking format included a major bed room with an en suite bathtub—a rarity for the period.


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All through the years, the house has been a non-public residence and several other residences. In 1983, one household purchased the property with plans to revive it. Nevertheless it turned out to be too large of a mission for them.

“Everybody had this love story of residing in an iconic outdated home, and so they’re going to revive it. Nevertheless it’s very onerous and is an enormous endeavor,” Morrison notes.

Developer with a dream

Then got here Ashley Burks, an skilled builder and developer with a dream.

“It was a ardour mission,” Morrison explains. “She had all the time been by the home and all the time puzzled about it like everybody else. She actually needed to revive the house again to its unique glory.”

Burks purchased the property in late 2021 and commenced a quick and livid restoration.

“She doesn’t let the grass develop underneath her ft,” Morrison says. “She labored 24 hours a day. She has the expertise and crew. She’s an unimaginable builder.”

The house was in important disrepair, and its renovation required painstaking consideration to element.

Twin workplaces, a chef’s kitchen, and renovated bedrooms, bogs, and sitting rooms had been all a part of Burks’ plan.

“I used to be utterly bowled over,” Morrison remembers of his postrenovation impression of the mansion. “It … was a once-in-a-lifetime likelihood to work on one thing fairly distinctive.”


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One in all six fireplaces

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Fundraising mansion excursions

Due to the general public curiosity within the landmark home, Burks was capable of flip her mission right into a charitable contribution to the neighborhood.

“We opened up the house and gave development excursions, and we had been capable of generate cash for violent-crime victims and for home violence assist companies,” Morrison says.

The chance to assist promote this piece of historical past is particular, he provides, and promoting it by public sale was the way in which to go.

Letting bidders “come ahead and duke it out” looks as if the easiest way to set a good market worth on the house, he explains.

As for what such a house would possibly go for, Morrison believes $4.8 million to be a good worth.

“The proper purchaser’s going to be somebody that loves historical past and loves Tacoma,” he insists, expressing his hope {that a} household buys it. “It needs to be somebody that’s keen to embrace the historical past of the home and perceive that they’re not proudly owning the home—they’re only a steward for the home whereas they’re residing there.”


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