Stately Mansion

A lovely and stately mansion on a steep hill overlooking downtown Pullman and the WSU campus had seen its glory yeas and then a long slide into disrepair and neglect. It had been partitioned into separate apartments with plumbing and electrical systems scabbed together; in its later years it was a home for abused women. When the present owners arrived it had goats living on the main floor, cats had made a litter box of the whole house, the roof sagged and leaked, floors were an unrecoverable mess, windows were painted shut, and the whole house was covered in two layers of “modern” siding; all the protruding architectural features had been chain-sawed off to make a smooth surface for the last layer of sheet metal. Clearly, this house was at a turning point.