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For a suggested donation of $15.00 you will receive a copy of our DVD, "If These Walls Could Talk."



Membership


Your support is important to the success of the Association and its goals. If you have not joined yet, please don’t delay. Just fill out the membership form, write a check, and mail it in soon. Several of our goals are to have the mansion painted, the porch repaired, the arbor painted, expand the orchard, and to restore the Japanese bathhouse. Please consider becoming a volunteer too; the goals will be achieved sooner with more volunteers! Click here to learn more.


Upcoming Events


Apr
29
Sat
10:30 am Bookmarks and Landmarks @ Neely Mansion
Bookmarks and Landmarks @ Neely Mansion
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am
Bookmarks and Landmarks, featuring the book “When the Emperor Was Divine” and a discussion of the Japanese American internment by Japanese American Citizens League, and tours of Japanese Bath House and Neely Mansion. Free, but Reservations must[...]
May
10
Wed
6:00 pm NMA Board Meeting @ Marlene's Market
NMA Board Meeting @ Marlene's Market
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We are currently looking to fill a Secretary and a Director position to complete our board.
May
13
Sat
12:30 pm Victorian Spring Tea @ Neely Mansion
Victorian Spring Tea @ Neely Mansion
May 13 @ 12:30 pm
Victorian Spring Tea with delicious foods and beverage, music, and tours of the mansion and Japanese Bath House. $15 per guest, reservations required, call 253-736-5608, or pay via paypal by completing the form below.


The Hori Furoba (Bathhouse)HBH DONE

In 1929 Shigeichi and Shimano Hori leased the Neely property and lived in the mansion with their four sons and one daughter. Shigeichi  ran a small dairy, and produce farm, but also worked at the F. H. Hogue packing shed in Kent. Shimano’s brother, Jitsuo Otoshi, and his wife lived in a small house on the property and helped with the farm operations.

One traditional aspect of Japanese life on the farm was the furoba, or bathhouse. Most families in the valley had constructed such a small building for use after a hard day of labor. The Hori bathhouse, constructed in 1930, is a one-story wood frame structure that measures 10′ by 16′. The interior is divided into two rooms. Frank Hori (son) remembers that an entrance and window were in the first room and a swinging door lead to the back room with the tub.

According to Mary Hori Nakamura (daughter), “We would wash ourselves outside the tub and rinse ourselves off in the front room, and then go into the back room and get in the tub to soak. The whole family took baths every night.” The bath was used to relax and socialize.

The Hori Bathhouse still stands behind the Neely Mansion. It has been named a King County Landmark, as it is the only such structure existing in the county today. Due to years of weathering and use as a shed, it was in disrepair. The Neely Mansion Association received grant funds from 4Culture and King County for the restoration of this historic building. The bathhouse was temporarily moved from its site in preparation for a new foundation. SWCA Environmental took the opportunity to hold an archaeological dig. Big Fish Construction then began the restoration. The project was completed in June of 2016. A dedication and celebration ceremony was held for the general public on June 25th. The newly restored interior exhibit shows what the rooms were like in 1930, including a soaking tub (furo).

Take a look at the Final Schematic Design drawings for the Hori Furoba from BOLA Architecture of Seattle. Bath House FSD 07.21.14