At The Sanders Estate, we can accommodate wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions and special events custom tailored to your size and style. In addition, we’re available to help with event planning to make your day easy and memorable
- We’ve been proud hosts of a variety of events including:
- Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions
- Christmas and Holiday Parties
- Charity Events
- Formal Galas
- Corporate Functions, Team Building activities, Board Retreats
- Private Parties
- And More…
A Brief History
Swedish immigrant Erick Sanders, a successful business and lumberman in Seattle and on Bainbridge Island, built this elaborate Craftsman house for himself and his wife Sara. Sanders and several partners purchased 1,100 acres of land in the Green River Valley west of Kent as an investment. After constructing the Mill pond and sawmill, they began harvesting the timber. As a result, the open fertile farmland allowed for the start of what is now known as the Smith Brothers Diary. On this land, they founded the Standard Dairy and Standard Mill operations. During this period, 1908 – 1910 the Sanders’ mansion was constructed with lumber from the mill, the house features glass salvaged from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and bricks left over from the construction of the West Valley Highway.
Most of the original features that made the Sanders Mansion such a unique and modern home in 1910 have been maintained or restored. Erick Sanders salvaged the stained glass windows, which grace the twin entryways from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle.
The mansion’s fir trim and framework were cut in the sawmill adjacent to the house. The bricks used in the columns of the massive porch were culled rejects from the supply for the West Valley Highway Project. Most of the original light fixtures are still in use and the bathroom fixtures are all originals, including the very rare “cage” shower in the upstairs bath.
The mansion was to be the Sanders’ retirement home, equipped with every modern convenience. They planted small decorative cedar trees and a monkey tree in the front yard that faced the pond. There was an unobstructed view of the valley farmlands below and of Mt. Rainier to the southeast. A circular drive surrounded the mansion, and a carriage house and barn nestled nearby. The tiny town of Thomas lay down the road to the east, just over a mile away.