Historic mansion lists for $1.5 million in Port Townsend

by Liz Economou

To step inside the Starret House, also known as the “Grand Dame” of Port Townsend, is to be acquainted with the splendor of a bygone era.

Like something out of a storybook, the Victorian mansion with 11 bedrooms, painted in vibrant colors, a parlor, a sitting room and a library is listed for $1.5 million.

Currently on the National Historic Register, the Starret House operates as a B&B, but it can be turned into a spectacular private residence.

Located at 744 Clay Street, the uniquely embellished home includes a freestanding spiral staircase with frescoes of whimsical maidens gracing the dome.

Built by George Starrett in 1889 for $6,000, the four-story architectural treasure was a wedding gift to his bride Ann Van Bokklen, according to the Society of Architectural Historians.

Port Townsend is located some 40 miles northwest from Seattle on the Quimper Peninsula in Jefferson County. It gained prominence in 1982 as scenes from the hit movie An Officer and a Gentleman, starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Louis Gossett Jr., were filmed at Fort Worden Historical State Park in Port Townsend.

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