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Secret Room in Tudor-style 1930s Seattle Home

DCIM101GOPROOverlooking Lake Washington with over 100 feet of water frontage, this 1930’s Tudor style home was originally designed during the 1920s and featured three hidden compartments, likely intended for hiding liquor during the U.S. prohibition. The 3.1 acre property was purchased in the early 1970s by 78 year old Diane Bailey Tice and her husband Louis Tice, who passed away last year. The couple moved into the home in 1974.

Ms. Tice is the co-founder and owner of the Pacific Institute specializing in leadership development and personal growth. She reported that while there were originally three hidden compartments in the home, including one under the staircase, a fire forced her and her husband to renovate the space leaving behind only one, found in the basement. The 1920s blueprints of the home label the basement room as “storage” and a smaller adjoining room as “locker.” The adjoining room is found behind a false wall, which swings open with the assistance of small wheels. It is a room that is roughly 15 by 5 feet, and along with the storage room can be used to hold wine. Ms. Tice believes the room was “built in anticipation of a repeal on the 18th Amendment” (WSJ).

The property includes the 12,300 square-foot home with 7 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, and 3 partial baths, along with a 1,500 square-foot guest house. It was listed in August at $7.2 million with Brad Vancour of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty.

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