Sam Hill was a great American businessman, philanthropist, lawyer and advocate in the Pacific Northwest. While you may not recall his name - you probably do know his work, like the Peace Arch between the U.S. and Canada in Blaine, WA, the Maryhill Museum of Art, and Maryhill Stonehenge. But there's another local gem that has his name written all over it; 814 E. Highland Drive in Capitol Hill - also known as the Sam Hill Mansion.
According to Curbed Seattle, Hill would host dignitaries from around the world in this sprawling 5 bed/6.5 bed home. Built in 1910 and designed by architectural firm Hornblower & Marshall, the mansion more recently got a renovation refresh by Stuart Silk Architects, Garret Cord Werner Architects and Interior Designers.
Despite the remodel, the original steel beams, floors and fireplaces remain to maintain the neo-classical feel of the sprawling concrete home, which boasts unobstructed views of Lake Union, Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound. Not to mention there is an rooftop terrace with two fireplaces and a spa.
Ready for a real jump back in time? Let's take a journey on the pricing of this mansion over the last 100 years or so:
- 1932: The Seattle Times writes about the home, then on sale for $50,000 (!!)
- 2008: Listed for sale for $4,750,000 (data from Zillow)
- 2017: After the aforementioned remodel, it's now on sale for $15,000,000.
From 50,000 to $15 million in 85 years...if that doesn't speak volumes we don't know what it!