Potential purchasers of historic Masonic retirement home holding Open House Feb. 24

The new ‘potential purchasers’ of Des Moines’ historic Landmark on the Sound will be holding an Open House on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This historic property was built in 1926, originally as a retirement home for Freemasons on a ridge with a commanding view of Puget Sound in the then-town of Zenith, which is now part of Des Moines. Constructed of slate and copper, Terra Cotta and Terrazzo, marble and stained glass, this majestic “castle on the hill” has played host to the Des Moines Poverty Bay Wine Festival and numerous other events in the past, event serving as an event center in its last incarnation. Its elegant, 5-story, 118,000 square foot main structure, along with 1960s addition of 3 wings (65,000 SF) sit on 27 acres of gentle sloped property w/16 acres of wooded land.

According to a recent MLS listing, the Landmark was priced at $20 million, and the sale is pending.

While the identity of these mysterious buyers/developers remains a secret for now, here’s what we know so far about this Open House:

Come tour the Masonic Home/Landmark on the Sound and be a part of the future vision.

Friends of Masonic Home want to hear what our friends and neighbors of Des Moines could benefit from most in their community with this transformation. Food, refreshments and music will be provided in the main lobby. Raffles will be held with prizes for families to enjoy. Stop in for a bite to eat, get informed on exciting plans for the Masonic Home and grab a sweet treat on your way out.

Stations will be located inside the Masonic Home for the community to participate and provide input. The preservation of the Masonic Home and features for the community to enjoy will mark the success of this iconic site.

The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Landmark on the Sound, located at 23660 Marine View Dr. S. Des Moines, WA 98198.

Parking will be available on the grounds.

“We look forward to meeting you.”

Landmark on the Sound is located at 23660 Marine View Dr. S. in Des Moines: