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The Larrabee Story
Recognized on the National Registry of Historical Sites and a member of the local Historical Society, Lairmont Manor owes its timeless elegance to the artistry of the Seattle architect Carl Gould. Primarily known for his design of the University of Washington's main library, Gould designed what was then called Larrabee Manor in 1914 for his client Charles Larrabee.
One of Bellingham's wealthiest early residents, Larrabee controlled mining, railroad, ranching, and real estate interests (including the now famous Fairhaven Hotel) and founded the community's Citizen's Bank.
A believer in development, Larrabee started the Fairhaven Land Company with Nelson Bennett in 1888, and soon became successful enough to commission Gould to design one of the finest homes in the northwest for himself and his family. Larrabee asked that it be in the Italian Renaissance style, complete with extensive period gardens.
Although Larrabee died before the completion of his manor and estate, his wife Frances oversaw its conclusion and enjoyed life here with their four children.