By Neal McNamara

SEATTLE, WA – In April 1994, the U.S. government bought a nearly 100-year-old brick mansion in Seattle’s ultra-rich Madison Park neighborhood for just over $1 million. Shortly after that, the Russians moved in.

The Samuel Hyde mansion, located at the corner of 38th and Madison, has been the Russian consulate’s residence in Seattle ever since. But after the surprise announcement Monday that the U.S. State Department would close Russia’s Seattle mission by April 2, Russian diplomats will also have to leave that swank Madison Park home.

“Once the deadline has passed the properties will no longer enjoy diplomatic status or protections. On the deadline day, diplomatic security will conduct a walk through to confirm that the Russians have indeed vacated the premises. As we did in San Francisco, we will invite the Russians to accompany us on that walk through,” a U.S. State Department official told Patch Monday.

The house, finished in 1910, was built for Samuel Hyde, the owner of a local liquor company. Before 1994, the home was occupied by Edward and Pamela Blecksmith. They only lived there for four years, however.

In 1994, the home had a taxable value of about $1.1 million. The government doesn’t pay property taxes on the home, but it’s worth close to $4 million today, according to the King County Assessor.

It’s unclear who will occupy the mansion next.

Syndicated from, featured photo credit: National Parks Service.

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