‘House party of the century’: Three days to Nickels home’s centennial celebration/education events

August 15, 2013 at 4:21 am | In West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(1930s photo, taken for King County Assessor’s Office)
As an e-mailed reminder puts it, it’ll be the “house party of the century”: This Sunday is the day you’re invited to the North Admiral home of Greg and Sharon Nickels, for either or both parts of a two-part event: “If These Walls Could Talk: The Centennial of Hizzoner’s House.”

(July 2013 photo by Jean Sherrard)
They’ve lived in the 100-year-old Craftsman for more than a quarter century, and in addition to working extensively on its restoration, have hosted many a gathering…with visitors including Al and Tipper Gore

… and supporters from the former mayor’s own campaigns …

As explained here, the entire afternoon is a fundraiser for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, starting with a 1-3 pm VIP event including talks by the Nickels and a presentation on how to research your home’s background; reservations are required. For the 3-5 pm event, including tours of the restored home, admission will be collected on a walk-up basis. (Again, full details are here.)

P.S. You can get ready for the big day by checking out the backstory, as told on the Log House Museum website by Brad Chrisman, and also checking out the preview in “Now and Then from last Sunday’s Seattle Times, as well as the extras added to that story on the website that is co-authored by Paul Dorpat from “Now and Then.”

2 Comments

  1. Does anyone know if the house was locally designed or a kit-house? I didn’t see mention of it in the Log House or Times articles. We traced our 1913 bungalow’s architect/builder to be West Seattlite architect William Kelley, owner of “Distinctive Homes,” wondering if this is among the others he built in the same time frame.

    Comment by Swensi — 8:54 am August 15, 2013 #

  2. Swensi-
    We were not able to trace back to the architectural plan when built, but have compiled information on the style, renovations and restorations, all the families who have lived in the house since 1913, and what Admiral looked like the year the house was built. Thank you for the architect suggestion. We hope you can come see the inside and tell us if the original floor plan is similar to your house.

    Comment by Log House Museum — 10:02 am August 15, 2013 #

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