Rosedell Bed & Breakfast is a part of Yakima history that cannot be overstated. Built by A.E. Larson and his wife Rose (hence Rose & Del, for Adelbert = Rosedell) from 1905 to 1909, it is a fine example of Neo Classic Architecture. Set upon one and a half acres the park like ground provide an estate that cannot be matched. Built with sandstone from Rim Rock and various hardwoods the home boasts 9600 sq. ft. of unmatched spacious rooms that provide a regal atmosphere.
After the Larsons no longer lived in the home, what was one of the finest homes in Yakima fell into a chain of various owners and disrepair until purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Radke several years ago. Since the purchase they have refurbished the home and converted it into the Rosedell Bed & Breakfast. Located just west of downtown Yakima and near the also historic Gilbert House, the home is a convenient location for almost everything that Yakima has to offer. Now you can experience that grandeur of the home for yourself. Information to inquire about lodging at Rosedell is: Rosedell Bed & Breakfast, 1811 West Yakima Avenue, Yakima 509-961-2964 with a fax number of 509-249-5847. The Rosedell Bed & Breakfast website is http://www.rosedellbb.com
A.E. Larson went on to be a major factor in the development of Yakima. Born in Minnesota in 1862, he came to the west coast in 1884 and worked on the Washington and Oregon coast in the timber business. In 1891 he purchased the Scott Lumber Yard in Yakima as his first business. Later, after the construction of Rosedell Larson went on to construct the Yakima Avenue theater building, the Larson Theater, and the Donnelly Hotel in 1910. The last Larson project was the largest. Located at Second Street and Yakima Avenue the Larson Building was completed in the summer of 1931. The modern eleven story building standing 188 feet high was built of the best materials available and still stands as a Yakima landmark today. A.E. Larson passed away less than three years after completion of the project.
The Larson Building as it stands today at East Yakima Avenue & South Second Street in Downtown Yakima.