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DES MOINES, Wash. - The Landmark building is grand, with architecture as rich as its history.

The Masons built it in the 1920's as a retirement center with expansive Puget Sound views, rich wood, stained glass, and fancy furnishings inside.

Hundreds of people have called this building home over the years, and they've had many places to hang out in. Apparently, there's one guy who still may be lingering.

"Well we have our resident ghost, George," Landmark facility manager Boyd McPherson says.

McPherson says he's never actually seen George, but others certainly have - roaming the hallways at will.

"Well he walks around in a tuxedo. Probably a past master at some point since that's kind of the traditional dress," McPherson says.

The Grand Master is the leader of the lodge, and though several George's are pictured outside the Grand Hall, which one is haunting the place remains a mystery.

Who will buy this property, and what they'll do with it is a mystery as well.

"With enough money and big enough ego this could be a single family dwelling," realtor Arvin Vander Veen says.

Or more realistically, Vander Veen adds, it could become a hotel with spa, recovery center, or a private boarding school with its dormitory style rooms and communal bathrooms.

"Full capacity used to hold 187 at a time," McPherson says.

The Grand Hall alone can hold 300 people for seminars, weddings, funerals or other gatherings.

Still a glorious building - the Masons rent it out for events - they just can't continue to maintain it, so they're selling it.

"I'm sure for the Masons of Washington it will be sad to see it go, but for the financial burden of it will be a good relief," McPherson says.

What's the price tag for all this glory?

"It's very difficult to price this property depending on what a person wants to do with it, may dictate what they're willing to pay for it," Vander Veen says.

Any and all offers will be presented to the Masons. It's unknown if George will make an appearance for the negotiations.
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