March/April 2015 NEOBN
By Lori Kimbel
Your first impression of this amazing Bed and Breakfast will be that it is fabulous, but the Rosedell is all of that and so much more. The porch swing you pass by as you make your way to the entrance promises to relax you as you overlook the park-like grounds.
The neighborhood grew around this century old beauty, but the owners of the Rosedell have always had the foresight to keep the one and a half acres intact; which only adds to the grandeur of Rosedell.
A.E. Larson, the builder of the Rosedell, was just 22 when he moved from Minnesota to Yakima in 1884, where became a very successful businessman in the Yakima Valley. He owned part of the Scott’s Lumber Company, built the Larson Opera House, he was the owner of the Donnelly Hotel, the president of the Yakima First National Bank, as well as the president of the Sunshine Mining Company.
In 1897 A.E. married Rose Hawkin Parker from Vancouver, Washington. Rose was also a successful leader and was active in many women’s organizations and was an active member of the Women’s Century Club.
In 1904 A.E. and Rose decided to build a home. It took them five years and $50,000 to build the Rosedell mansion, which is Neo Classic architecture. Built of sand stone from nearby rim rock, the home is 9,600 square feet.
Various owners have lived in Rosedell, but for 20 years the grand mansion sat vacant and began to crumble. A water leak from the upstairs bath was set on destroying the historic home, but Holli Radke took one look and knew she could rescue it from ruin. In 2005 she bought the home and began the daunting task of restoring the Rosedell to its former glory.
The home originally had 12 rooms and three bathrooms. Two additional bathrooms have since been added for a total of five. The entrance features an unglazed Italian marble fireplace and stone columns. The walls are adorned with the original, hand-painted, wall trim border. With 12 foot ceilings, the living room has fluted columns, parquet floors made of oak, maple, pecan, and mahogany. The east side of the living room provides window seating within the rounded turret. The kitchen, once in the basement, moved to the main floor in the 1920’s and still has the original icebox. The dining room, with seating for 20, was added when the kitchen was moved to the main floor. The fir beams, paneling and light from the large bay of windows accent the dining room well.
What was once the library is now the Parker Room. It is the largest of the guest rooms at Rosedell with 500 square feet of space on the main level. A grand four poster bed is in a portion of the room, while the other side offers a cozy sitting area to watch TV, read a book or just relax after exploring Yakima and the surrounding area. You will find the bathroom in the Parker Room to be quite outstanding. A double-headed shower wrapped in marble and inlayed trim accent the elegant bathroom. The heated bathroom floors top off the entire experience, convincing you that you should never have to step onto another cold floor ever again.
Once you venture out of the Parker Room, notice the light oak wooden stair case which leads to a small sitting room with a tiled fireplace. Upstairs you will also find three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a master bedroom with a bathroom that has the original claw-foot tub. The master bathroom also has a balcony.
The carriage house, near the rear of the property is next on the remodeling list.
Please visit the Rosedell website, www.rosedellbb.com, to learn more about the history of this amazing home and to see the photographs that help to tell its story.
The Rosedell Bed and Breakfast is located at 1811 W. Yakima Ave. in Yakima, Washington. For reservations call 509-961-2964.