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This Historic Washington Castle Is Truly Fit for a King
June 2, 2021

This Historic Washington Castle Is Truly Fit for a King

by The CE Shop Team

Washington’s Thornewood Manor Is a West Coast Wonder

The Evergreen State is so much more than just Amazon and Starbucks! As it turns out, our architecture, dating back to the 1850s, is extremely enterprising as well. Washington state boasts a bevy of beautiful and storied buildings, but few are as grand and historic as Lakewood’s own Thornewood Castle.

Thornewood Castle

The Thornewood estate sits on four acres of fir-lined land in the lush city of Lakewood, Washington. The castle is the largest and most stately of the estate’s three structures, and it has stood for more than 100 years. Its entire history, though, spans more than 500 years.

Thornewood Castle was constructed by Chester and Anna Thorne in the early 1900s. Mr. Thorne was a successful financier and co-founder of the Port of Tacoma, so it’s safe to say he had money to spend. And spend it he did on the property later called “The House That Love Built”, originally intended to be a country home for Anna’s enjoyment. In 1907, Chester acquired an Elizabethan mansion in England. Pieces of the home, which was more than 400 years old at the time, were disassembled and shipped all the way to the castle’s site. It took three ships to transport the materials, including the front door, grand staircase, and brick facade, around Cape Horn and into Washington. The historic materials were promptly incorporated into Thornewood Castle’s impressive Tudor-Gothic presence. The finished castle boasted 22 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms, an array of famous artwork, fountains, sunken gardens, and hundreds of salvaged stained glass pieces.

Thornewood Castle Today

Thornewood Castle is just as breathtaking today as it was when it was first built. The mansion remains the only genuine private castle on the West Coast and one of very few in the nation. Thornewood is also designated as a historical site and offers overnight rooms, vacation rentals, and event hosting. Guests can enjoy the three acres of lakefront property as well as a private dock and beach starting at $300 per night.

Perhaps the only thing that has really changed since the Thornes moved in more than 100 years ago is the castle’s claim to fame. Thornewood has recently found some serious success on the silver screen. The estate can be spotted in Stephen King’s Rose Red, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, and, most recently, in the award-winning film There Will Be Blood.


Architecture and Real Estate

So, how exactly does this historic home apply to your real estate practice? We promise we’re building up to something! Understanding and appreciating local architecture can help you become a more informed and helpful agent, even if your client isn’t shopping around for a real-life castle. Taking some time to learn about and reflect on different architectural styles can help you steer clients to the right home, whether they’re seeking a Craftsman or a Colonial.

Plus, in-depth knowledge of your market is critical as an agent. Washington’s real estate market is red-hot, so there’s no better time to grow your knowledge, build on your career, and differentiate yourself from the competition.

Ready to Start Your Washington Real Estate Courses With The CE Shop?

Enroll in our Pre-Licensing program now to get your career started and begin connecting your fellow Washingtonians with the real estate they’re looking for, or keep going strong with one of our comprehensive, 100% online Continuing Education packages. Join our Western Real Estate Facebook group to stay connected with what’s going on near you!