Parker Ferson Residence 1909

The Parker-Ferson residence is a large Neoclassical Revival house with the characteristic two-story portico supported by colossal columns. The main entry doors and flanking windows are slightly recessed. A balustraded porch beneath the main portico extends across the entire front of the house. (The ballustrades have been removed.) This residence, quite spacious with more than thirty rooms, has interior mahogany woodwork. The main foyer has a large cornice molding that replicates the exterior cornice, and wainscoting covers the lower half of the wall. A Tiffany window lights the main interior staircase. The dining room has oak woodwork rather than the fine mahogany used in the other public rooms.

The Parker-Ferson mansion was built on "Millionaire's Row," a Capitol Hill neighborhood that was the place to live for Seattle's new rich during the early twentieth century. The house, with its lavish furnishings, was rumored to cost $150,000. George Parker earned the money for this house by unknowingly selling worthless stock shares for United Wireless, which claimed to represent "wireless" inventor Guglielmo Marconi. Parker moved into the house in 1909, but less than a year later the fraud was exposed, and Parker was sent to a federal prison in Atlanta.

Richard Dwight Merrill residence, in 1937. Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch

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