West Seattle history: Log House Museum story pole in rehab, and not alone

May 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm | In West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(WSB photo from April 13)
Last month, we showed you the Log House Museum‘s totem pole – actually a story pole, we’re told, so that’s the phrase we’ll use for the rest of this story – as restoration experts Artech picked it up and hauled it off for rehab. We caught up with them a few weeks later to check in:

The museum’s pole is at an Artech-leased facility in South King County, where it has been undergoing work alongside a totem pole that belongs to Highline Community College; that pole is scheduled to be reinstalled tomorrow, while the West Seattle pole is awaiting a reinstallation date.

Both poles (the photos above and below show the one that belongs to Highline) have been undergoing the kind of work that Artech did on West Seattle’s Rotary Viewpoint Park pole before its post-theft/recovery reinstallation in 2010 – everything from getting insect-repellent borate, to repairs, repainting, and oiling, to copper caps.

The Highline pole has something else in common with the Rotary Viewpoint Park pole. According to information that the college kindly dug up for us on request, it was carved and installed at Highline in 1977, under the supervision and guidance of carvers including Robin Young, who carved the Rotary pole. Highline provided this photo of the plaque atop the pole:

It was repainted in 1995 under the guidance of Robin Young’s son Joel Young. The pole, along with another one that had renovation work done on-site at the college, is being fixed up as part of Highline College’s 50th anniversary commemoration. Highline found Artech, the college tells us, because a Google search to find experts in totem/story-pole renovations led them to one of our stories about the Rotary Viewpoint Park pole! Back to the West Seattle pole:

Repainting hadn’t begun yet when we checked in. The 20-foot pole, which used to stand at Admiral Way Viewpoint, is destined for a spot on the east side of the Log House Museum, once its “rehab” work is done and the site is prepared.

2 Comments

  1. thanks for the interesting update on the restoration work.

    I thought Highline was in Des Moines, not Burien.
    (worked on a few construction projects there, and without fail, some manufacturer always shipped something to Des Moines Iowa, cause no-one has ever heard of Des Moines, Washington)

    Comment by clarification — 8:36 am May 24, 2012 #

  2. Will excise the word Burien. Thanks.

    Comment by WSB — 8:45 am May 24, 2012 #

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