The owner has been in the construction business for over 30 years. From our team members to our building materials, the core values of Compton Builders shine. We take pride in our work and it shows.
Horace Compton, founder of Compton Lumber & Hardware, completed his education at Central School in Seattle. While working as a surveyor for the Northern Pacific Railway, Horace purchased several parcels of land that would later prove to be excellent investments which included over 2,000 front feet on the Northwest shoreline of Lake Sammamish.
Horace’s granddaughter, Merrillann (Glass) Hutchinson, along with her husband, David, presently reside on the original property where the H. F. Compton Summer cabin was located.
For a time in the late 1880s, Horace worked for David F. Denny (an original Seattle pioneer) at his company, Western Lumber Mill. Horace performed various roles which aided in obtaining valuable business and trade experience.
In 1892, Seattle experienced a severe economic depression. Mr. Denny lost most of his resources, along with the mill. It was during this pivotal year that Horace started Compton Lumber & Hardware. The business was established facing the famous old “Red Depot” at the foot of Columbia Street, with a capital investment of $300.00.