Tacoma’s Weyerhaeuser mansion sold to nonprofit for nearly $5.9 million

Sale of the estate closed Monday with Trouve, a Lakewood-based nonprofit created last year, according to Pierce County and state records. Trouve announced the Tacoma Waldorf School will occupy the education building on the grounds.

The Weyerhaeuser mansion in Tacoma’s North End has been sold for nearly $5.9 million to a nonprofit that announced the Tacoma Waldorf School will occupy the education building on the grounds.

Sale of the estate at 4301 N. Stevens St. closed Monday with Trouve, a Lakewood-based nonprofit created last year, according to Pierce County and state records.

State records show the nonprofit is registered to Douglas Gill. In a statement he sent Tuesday, the nonprofit said, “We look forward to working with other nonprofits and community groups to help restore the property to its original grandeur.”

The 5.1-acre property includes several buildings:

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▪ The Jacobean-Tudor mansion, built in 1923, has four levels totaling 15,600 square feet.

▪ A two-level education building, with space fitted with classrooms, totals 16,200 square feet.

▪ A carriage house, with two apartments, has three levels and 6,800 square feet.

▪ A chapel, at 5,800 square feet, contains an apartment and two meeting rooms as well as a sanctuary.

Chanin Escovedo, dean of students for the Tacoma Waldorf School, said Tuesday she hopes the school can move into the education building over winter break.

“It’s our dream spot,” she said. “We are super excited.”

Before the school can move onto the property the classroom space needs several improvements, including sprinklers, she said.

Nearly 70 students through fifth grade attend the school, and with the move to the Weyerhaeuser property, Escovedo said she’d like to see that grow to 100.

She said the school aims to add a grade of students each year it resides on the property, through eighth grade.

The city is reviewing permits needed for changes in the property.

After that, neighbors will have a chance to chime in on the school’s plans. In the past, residents have complained about bawdy behavior by partygoers who used the Weyerhaeuser mansion for special events.

For the next 18 months, Gill said, the property will be under historic renovation. After that, a use will be decided for the buildings other than the one occupied by the Waldorf School.

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