King County Landmarks: Neely House (1894)

  • By Heather MacIntosh
  • Posted 1/01/2000
  • Essay 2397
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Address: 12303 Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Auburn. Aaron and Sarah Neely built this large Classical Revival farmhouse on acreage that they cultivated in the Green River Valley east of Auburn. The house, a prominent and impressive structure for a rural farming community, is one of the most ornate historic homes in unincorporated King County. Its simple and symmetrical form is embellished with decorative panels, sills, and scrollwork, as well as a frieze of garlands and ornate brackets below the eaves. A two-story portico, balconies, and an ornamented pediment distinguish the structure. The home served as in important social center in the valley: The Neely family hosted gatherings for friends and neighbors with music and dancing. The non-profit Neely Mansion Association has restored the house and operates it as a house museum.


Sources: King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission.

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