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Location: Tacoma, Wash.
The Skinny: Snatched by kidnappers while walking home from school in 1935, a nine-year-old George Weyerhaeuser became the most famous kidnap victim since the Lindbergh baby, three years earlier. His father, the owner of a large paper concern, ended up paying $200K—that's $3.15M in today's dollars—to secure his release. Weyerhaeuser would go on to become chairman of the family company, while this Tacoma mansion, his childhood home, went on to become a Baptist seminary. The Baptists recently listed the 52-room, 15,600-square-foot pile, known interchangeably as Haddaway Hall or the Weyerhaeuser Mansion, for $6.4M. The estate, now equipped with some less-than-inspiring outbuildings, will require some work to become a fitting family compound, but six acres with sweeping views of Commencement Bay can't be all bad. The home, built in 1923, features 11 bedrooms and eight bathrooms.
· 4501 N Stevens St [Realtor.com]