Built from 1891 to 1894 by Aaron and David Neely, the Neely Mansion originally set upon over 200 acres which comprised the Neely Farm. With approximately 2600 square feet spread upon the two finished floors, three porches with all of the "gingerbread trim" the home is a fine example of Victorian Classic Revival architecture. The third floor is a large unfinished attic with a single round window.
Listed on the National Register for Historical Places, the Washington State Register and a designated King County Landmark the Neely Mansion was only occupied by the Neely Family for a few years. Thereafter followed a long parade of farmer tenants which ranged from dairy farmers to vegetable farmers to berry farmers. The mansion in all of its grandeur fell into a state of disrepair after years of hard use and neglect. By 1950 it was no longer used as a primary resident.
Late in the 1970's the restoration process was started by a group of concerned citizens wanting to save the historic building for the future. The property is now owned by the Neely Mansion Association and is restoring it piece by piece. Although the exterior of the dwelling was intact the interior had to be gutted with some items such as wainscoting, ceiling medallions and various trim pieces able to be saved, others had to replicated to match the originals. Interior colors and finishes are being restored to be 1890s period correct. New mechanical systems have been installed in the home.
Located just off of Highway 18 on the Auburn-Black Diamond Road exit this home is one sight that must been seen and is easily accessible. The Neely Mansion is open for tours to schools, civil groups and of course the general public. They also offer accommodations for weddings and special events. Information can be obtained by calling (253) 833-9404. Being volunteer organization I am sure they would also welcome any help that you might like to offer. The Neely Mansion website is www.neelymansion.org