502 N. I Street, Tacoma, WA | 5 bedrooms | 2½ bath | 5,160 sq.ft.
Offered at $1,150,000
Current owners David and Josephine Root embarked on an extensive restoration of the Lamborn House in 2007. They were recognized for their efforts in 2008 when the City of Tacoma awarded them the coveted Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation Award. The house is nicely sited above the street and features a wrapped front porch flanked by a turret.
The front door facing N. 5th Street opens to a gracious formal entry. In the turret adjacent to the entry is a curved library with custom built-in bookshelves. A spacious formal living room with a gas fireplace is located across the entry. The formal dining room and a sitting area are located beyond the living room and can be closed off with leaded glass doors. A French door leads from the sitting area into the side yard. The gourmet kitchen has been updated with granite counters, state of the art stainless appliances, heated floors and a butler’s pantry with wine cooler and prep sink. A half bath is also located on the entry level. The staircase to the second floor is graced with a stained glass window with the Lamborn family crest.
Four bedrooms are located on the second floor, including a spacious primary suite with a French door entry, two walk-in closets and an updated bathroom with heated floors and a glass walled shower. A second bathroom is located off the landing along with a cedar lined closet with hook ups for a stacked washer/dryer. One of the secondary bedrooms offers access to a rooftop deck through French doors. The former servant quarters located on the third floor include a family room, an office and a fifth bedroom. The lower level features a large recreation room, laundry, storage room plus a bonus room with an exterior entry.
Encompassing four city lots, this beautiful property includes fully fenced rear and side yards, mature plantings, a sprinkler system, a large patio, a two car garage off the alley and a gated driveway for additional secure off-street parking.
House is 5,160 SF
Lot is 14,000 SF
Two and a half bath
Leaded glass windows
Newer radiant heat
Two car garage
The Lamborn House is an impressive 1905 Dutch Colonial Revival designed by John Proctor’s architecture firm for local politician Charles Lamborn and his wife Maude. Proctor worked on a number of different residential and commercial buildings in Tacoma during his career, including the original Pierce County Courthouse. The Lamborn House was constructed on a 1/3 of an acre by local builder Michael Westerfield for an astounding $4,500. Design elements include a distinctive turret on the southeast corner of the house, quarter-sawn oak floors with mahogany inlay, leaded and stained glass windows and custom built-in bookshelves with leaded glass doors.
Charles Lamborn served on the Tacoma City Council for years and was instrumental in the election of fellow Tacoman Ernest Lister to the Governor’s office in 1912. In 1921, Mr. Lamborn sold the house to Dr. James La Gasa, a surgeon and Health Commissioner for the City of Tacoma. The La Gasas hosted extravagant garden parties that were frequently featured in the local society pages. During their ownership, they hired architect Roland Borhek to add the dining room, the adjacent sitting area and a new garage and to have the second and third floors re-gabled. Borhek is best known for his designs for the Rialto Theater and the Winthrop Hotel.
The Lamborn House is listed on the local, state and national registers of historic places as a contributing structure in Tacoma’s North Slope Historic District.
Tacoma’s North Slope is one of Washington State’s largest historic districts, consisting of more than 950 homes. Much of the neighborhood was built on a 166-acre farm owned at one time by Tacoma pioneer Job Carr. The Carr family sold the land for residential development in the 1880s, and the district experienced three distinct building booms from 1888-1893, 1902-1915 and 1919-1929. As a result, the neighborhood features a wide variety of architectural styles including Victorian, Craftsman, Tudor and American Foursquare.
Early North Slope residents of note included Washington State Governor Ernest Lister and a young Bing Crosby. The neighborhood provides easy access to 23-acre Wright Park, an eclectic mix of independently owned shops and restaurants, Stadium Thriftway, the medical center, public and private schools, the waterfront and the soon to be completed light rail extension.
502 N. I Street is offered at $1,150,000. Please contact us directly to schedule a showing today.