West Seattle history – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:37:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Going on this year’s West Seattle Garden Tour? You’ll be helping with seven projects, including saving a Junction mural http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/going-on-this-years-west-seattle-garden-tour-youll-be-helping-with-seven-projects-including-saving-a-junction-mural/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/going-on-this-years-west-seattle-garden-tour-youll-be-helping-with-seven-projects-including-saving-a-junction-mural/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:14:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914039 (WSB photo, taken this morning)

That’s the “Mosquito Fleet” mural on the east side of the city-landmark Campbell Building in the heart of The Junction – vandalized and fading, but now slated for some help. The West Seattle Garden Tour (coming up on June 24th) has announced its 2018 beneficiaries – the nonprofit efforts that will get grants from the tour’s proceeds – and one is the West Seattle Junction Association, with the money earmarked specifically for restoration of that mural. The other beneficiaries will be:

*ArtsWest (for its Theater Education Program)
*The Arboretum at South Seattle College (for a new message hub and kiosk)
*Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden (for the design and construction of a Victory Garden)
*Little Red Hen Project (for an artistic and functional trellis in its “Winter Feast Garden”)
*PlantAmnesty (to help fund its 10th annual Urban Forest Symposium)
*Seattle Chinese Garden on Puget Ridge (to enhance it with three varieties of camellias)

You’ll find more information about the beneficiaries are on the WSGT website. WSGT expects to raise more than $26,000 for the seven projects, through tour tickets (which you can buy online right now), the tour-day raffle, and sponsorship revenue.

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FOLLOWUP: Bruce Stotler finalizes his gift to Schmitz Park’s future http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/followup-bruce-stotler-finalizes-his-gift-to-schmitz-parks-future/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/followup-bruce-stotler-finalizes-his-gift-to-schmitz-parks-future/#comments Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:17:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909038

Six weeks after the City Council signed off on the deal for Bruce Stotler‘s Schmitz Park-neighboring property, so that it’ll eventually become part of the park, he signed the final paperwork in a small ceremony at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum headquarters.

With Stotler in the celebratory photo above are, from left, Chip Nevins from Seattle Parks, Vicki Schmitz-Block, former City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen – who had worked for years to help make it happen – and SWSHS vice president Nancy Sorensen. The photos are courtesy of SWSHS executive director Jeff McCord, who says, “The Southwest Seattle Historical Society was pleased to host the signing at the Log House Museum, and we believe property owner Bruce Stotler is doing a great thing for our West Seattle community!” Backstory is in our previous coverage – here, here, and here.

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‘Heart-bombing’ planned for C & P Coffee Company, day before Valentine’s Day http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/heart-bombing-planned-for-c-p-coffee-company-day-before-valentines-day/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/heart-bombing-planned-for-c-p-coffee-company-day-before-valentines-day/#comments Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:54:22 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907989 (Photo provided by Historic Seattle, from Bungalow Magazine, September 1913, via Seattle Public Library)

Embedded below is a slideshow provided by Historic Seattle, showing its past “heart-bombing” events – shared as they plan one for West Seattle’s C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor):

The fate of C & P’s site at 5612 California SW remains undetermined, four weeks after its owners put it on the market, with C & P subsequently crowdfunding and working to muster a counter-offer. (Nothing to announce when we last checked in with them.)

If you’re a C & P fan, you’re invited to join in what Historic Seattle has planned. The organization’s announcement explains that heart-bombing is …

… a form of advocacy, a fun and creative way to bring people together and raise awareness about what’s cherished in a community — places both safe and threatened– with homemade valentines that serve as a sort of love letter to places that matter. This February, groups and individuals across the country will be heart-bombing the places that matter to them. To join in, you craft up a valentine and then go out and show some love for the places that matter to you. Next you take a picture, and share on social media using #heartbombSEA and #IHeartSavingPlaces to be a part of the local and nationwide love fest.

On February 8 from 4-6 pm, we are hosting a heart-bomb valentine craftmaking “party” at our headquarters on First Hill. Following that, on February 13 from noon-1 PM, Historic Seattle staff and other advocates will be gathering to heart-bomb C & P Coffee (and take a group photo).

This isn’t a surprise party – C & P already knows. You’re welcome to be there on the 13th whether or not you make it to the craft party five days earlier (Historic Seattle, by the way, is at 1117 Minor Ave.) – or, if you can’t be there in person, you can drop off your Valentine at C & P before then.

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NEW EXHIBIT: ‘Navigating to Alki’ opening reception @ Log House Museum http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/happening-now-navigating-to-alki-opening-reception-log-house-museum/ Sun, 04 Feb 2018 02:12:31 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907927

Good crowd at the Log House Museum for the opening of its new exhibit, “Navigating to Alki,” with tonight’s reception continuing until 7 pm.

The focus is on maps of our area – dating back to the Native traditions of keeping “mental maps,” continuing through the earliest printed maps of the area in the 1700s, and on to the early 1900s, including this map showing former cities (including West Seattle) annexed to Seattle during that time:

The exhibit also includes a sound backdrop – the sea! – and some items you’re invited to touch.

Amy Gorton is the museum’s manager:

The museum is in the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s historic log-house headquarters, 61st and Stevens, half a block inland from Alki Beach. If you miss this – go see “Navigating to Alki” during the museum’s regular hours, noon-4 pm Thursdays-Sundays – it’s scheduled to be on display until September.

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REUNION! West Seattle High School Class of ’68 sets celebration date for 50th http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/reunion-west-seattle-high-school-class-of-68-sets-celebration-date-for-50th/ Sun, 04 Feb 2018 00:01:56 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907914 Continuing our series of reunion announcements arriving in the WSB inbox, the half-century milestone for West Seattle High School’s Class of 1968 is approaching:

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968 50TH REUNION

We have set a date! Our 50 th reunion will be on Saturday June 2, 2018. We chose this date so that folks coming from out of town could attend the All School Reunion held at West Seattle High School prior to our get-together.

So here are the details so far.

Location of the 50th reunion will be the Brockey Center at South Seattle College. Address is
6000 16th Ave. SW.

Social Hour 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM

We decided to use the Brockey Center again (this is the location that we had our 40 th reunion)
for a few reasons the best reason is we felt we could get more bang for our dollar at this venue.

This venue allows us to bring our own beverages of choice (BYOB). The Brockey Center will
provide glasses, ice and mixers.

We do not have a cost or price yet but should have all of that information in early spring along
with the invite emails.

We are trying to get the word out early for the best possible attendance of classmates!

If you want to be a member of the planning committee you can contact John Herron at
johnshelleyherron@gmail.com

We will post more detailed information after the 50th reunion committee has completed the planning process.

See you all on June 2, 2018 at the Brockey Center!

Reunion coming up? We’d be happy to announce yours too – e-mail the info to editor@westseattleblog.com -thank you!

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VIDEO: One more step to go in Hamm Building landmark process http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/video-one-more-step-to-go-in-hamm-building-landmark-process/ Sat, 27 Jan 2018 00:11:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907315 1937photo

Next Monday, the full City Council has the final vote on what’s known as the “controls and incentives” agreement that’s the final step of the city-landmark process for the Hamm Building on the NW corner of California/Alaska in the West Seattle Junction. That follows a committee discussion and vote this past Wednesday that had one twist of note.

At 16:15 into that Seattle Channel video of the Finance and Neighborhoods Committee meeting, the committee gets briefed on the agreements for a new landmark downtown and for the Hamm Building (known officially as the Crescent-Hamm Building for two of its original tenants). The agreement finalizes what part of the property is protected – “the exterior of the building.” (You can read it here.) At the table with Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw and Bruce Harrell, and Erin Doherty from the city Landmark Preservation staff, was Tracey Hsia, a member of the family that owns the Hamm Building. Before the vote, Harrell said he’s always interested in feedback on the landmarking process. Hsia replied by saying that her family, which has owned the 92-year-old building for more than 35 years, “kind of felt like we were attacked” – the landmark designation was proposed by community organizations, and had so much support that they felt there was “no way we could fight it.” She stressed, however, that the family had, and has, no plans to make changes (aside from having a new tenant moving into the ex-Corner Pocket space next month, as noted here).

Also speaking at Wednesday’s meeting (at 5:42 in the video, during the public-comment period) was Jeff McCord, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, which played a key role in the process of pursuing landmark designations for the Hamm Building and for the Campbell Building across the street. Monday’s final vote is expected during the 2 pm full council meeting at City Hall.

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AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle ‘log house’ on the move to its new home http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/happening-now-west-seattle-log-house-on-the-move-to-its-new-home/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/happening-now-west-seattle-log-house-on-the-move-to-its-new-home/#comments Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:33:16 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902630

11:33 PM: Exactly one year after first word it might be saved … nine months after word it WOULD be saved … a century-plus-old “log house” is on the move. As we’ve shown you, it’s been trimmed down and jacked up in recent weeks, and now in the hours ahead, starting right after midnight, the house rescuers of Nickel Bros will be moving it north, mostly on California SW, from SW Findlay to its new east Admiral location. We’ll be updating along the way.

11:52 PM: Monitoring & escorting vehicles continue arriving. Also, Jeff McCord, the SW Seattle Historical Society executive director who had previously been with Nickel Bros, is here. He says they estimate the move will take 4 hours.

12:10 AM: Jeff (in hard hat, above)tells us the departure onto California will be closer to 12:30.

12:35 AM: And it’s off!

NB on California.

1 AM: This is moving fairly fast. Already through The Junction – our video is from California/Oregon.

1:10 AM: Now approaching Charlestown. (Our video above is from just south of there, at Andover.)

1:15 AM: We’ve gone a few blocks ahead to wait at Hanford, where our understanding is that the house will make the turn eastward here.

1:35 AM:
Proceeding very very slowly up this last block before Hanford.

1:51 AM: Now at Hanford, and doing some delicate maneuvering to get in position to head directly east onto the street, past St. John the Baptist.

1:56 AM: Up the hill it goes, off the California SW straightaway and into residential streets.

2:35 AM: Two hours since the departure from California/Findlay. Very slow going on Hanford because of trees in the planting strips …

Crew members are pushing them back to make room for the house’s full width.

2:57 AM: The house made it past that section and is now moving more quickly east on Hanford, Meantime, thanks to Derek for this aerial view of the house moving past Manning on California earlier:

One of the officers escorting the house tells us it will be backing into its final turn one more block from here.

3:09 AM: This last bit of movement will be an art more than a spectacle, so we’re pulling out and will come back after dawn to see the house on its new site.

11:51 AM: The house still has to be placed into its new spot off Fairmount north of Hanford – we went by a little while ago and it’s still attached to the Nickel Bros truck that carried it there overnight. That section of Fairmount is blocked off with “road closed” signage in the meantime.

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SATURDAY NIGHT MOVE: Final preps for transporting California/Findlay ‘log house’ to its new West Seattle home http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/saturday-night-move-final-preps-for-transporting-californiafindlay-log-house-to-its-new-west-seattle-home/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/saturday-night-move-final-preps-for-transporting-californiafindlay-log-house-to-its-new-west-seattle-home/#comments Fri, 01 Dec 2017 20:17:44 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902427 (WSB photos)

Tomorrow is the big night – we confirmed today that Nickel Bros is still on track to move the 5458 California SW “log house” to its new home starting late Saturday night. Their crews are on site again today making final preparations.

As announced back in March, the house is being moved to a new location in Admiral. The owners of the California/Findlay site were originally going to demolish it to make way for six live-work units, but Nickel Bros got permission to offer the house for sale/move – their specialty – and it all worked out.

It will be taken directly up California SW most of the way, starting some time after 11 pm Saturday night, continuing into early Sunday morning. It should be quite a sight, as was the last on-the-road house move we covered, in 2010 (which involved two hours of travel time to get from The Junction to Admiral). We will of course cover this as it happens, so if you’re up late/early, check in!

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YOUNGSTOWN 100: How this ‘rare and special place’ has evolved http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/youngstown-100-how-this-rare-and-special-place-has-evolved/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/youngstown-100-how-this-rare-and-special-place-has-evolved/#comments Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:46:15 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902321 (Frank B. Cooper School, 1930s – Seattle Public Schools photo)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Your next chance to celebrate West Seattle’s history – with an eye toward the future – is Sunday, at Youngstown 100, the party in honor of the centennial of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, the historic former school building at 4408 Delridge Way SW.

What was Youngstown School in 1917 and became Cooper School in 1939 is by no means a relic from the past. Today, it pulses with creativity and promise, from the artist live/work studios up top, to the classrooms, performance areas, and offices below.

But its future was in doubt, not so long ago.

Youngstown is owned and managed by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. So for a look back at this part of the historic schoolhouse’s history, as the 100th-birthday party approaches, we sat down for a conversation with DNDA co-founder Paul Fischburg.

After a decade with DNDA, he left 11 years ago, as reported here. He’s currently on the faculty at Chief Sealth International High School, teaching global leadership and – fittingly for the topic of our conversation – history.

The school had already been mothballed for years when Fischburg and other community members joined forces to launch DNDA, despite its own history including having been the first Seattle school with an African-American teacher, Thelma Dewitty, who started at Cooper School in 1947; Youngstown’s theater is named for her now. Back in the mid-’90s, Fischburg recalls, “The (school) district owned it but had no plan – people were looking at that, saying we should form an organization to redo the school. That was in a way one of the generators of DNDA, but it took many years before the organization was ready to take on a project that big.”

The organization’s roots were in what Fischburg calls “a sort of series of serendipitous comings-together.” He was moving into the neighborhood and working with a group to create co-housing. The city was doing neighborhood planning; Delridge was not a potential “urban village” but did have money allocated for a neighborhood plan. And there was a lot to plan for: “Of all the vacant property in the whole city, maybe two-thirds of it was in Delridge at the time …but developers were not circling.” (Yet.)

A group of community development corporations had formed in Seattle, though, nonprofits created “to spearhead affordable housing, economic development, etc.” They had a grant; Delridge had the potential, and a group of people came together to form a Local Initiative Support Corporation, an “intermediary for CDCs and CDC money,” with a meeting at the Delridge Community Center including city reps. (Fischburg takes care to credit those who were part of getting DNDA going – names he mentions include Ron Angeles, Bonita Blake, Barbara Boe, Steve Daschle, Larry Kingen, Pablo Lambinicio, Vivian McLean, Alan Stowers, Willy Williams.)

At one point at the community-center meeting, he recalls, a suggestion was made for a show of hands from those “here to help” and from those “here to do.” Almost everyone was from the former category, so the others deduced, “this has to come from the neighborhood.” At the time, Fischburg worked at nonprofit housing provider Capitol Hill Housing; he quit that job and started meeting with community leaders and others in the neighborhood.

That was summer of 1996; by fall, the new entity had nonprofit status and was working on neighborhood planning, as well as initiatives like a bicycle-repair project – people donated used bikes, youth were trained in repairs. “We were just trying to bring the community together.” And that took many forms.

“That old boarded-up school building came up (in conversation) all the time,” as did the idea that DNDA should do something about it. With the help of grant money, they did an architectural study of the building, including a seismic study and drawings of possibilities. “We floated three different ideas – one was like McMenamins, with a brewpub, movie theater, inn … one was an arts and cultural center … one was (entirely) affordable housing. There was support for all three but significant opposition as well to the McMenamins type – having alcohol in the neighborhood at the time seemed like a bad idea.” Converting the building to all housing wasn’t a popular idea either, he says. But the arts/cultural center concept “had a lot of support, and no opposition, so we said, ‘let’s go talk to the school district and try to negotiate purchasing the building’.”

With the help of then-Department of Neighborhoods director Jim Diers, a meeting was called with the district to pitch the idea. And it went over well. Before long, Fischburg says, they had a purchase agreement to buy the old school within three years, as long as they met certain marks within that time.

And again, Fischburg marvels at how the process went: “I’ve been involved in a lot of visionary stuff – if you come through with a torn and tattered version of your vision,” that’s almost to be expected, “but this kept getting better and better. It’s kind of the coolest thing I was ever involved in.”

The getting-better-and-better included getting the building listed on the National Historic Register, which opened the door to access to tax credits “which attracted serious investors.” And getting Arts Corps to move its headquarters there from “a little house they were renting in Madrona,” with teaching artists in various schools – that was a major step toward the cultural/arts mission of Youngstown. “Arts Crps was instrumental in strengthening the vision.”

For the underpinning, the building was set up as a “two-unit condominium – all the housing is one, the cultural center and arts (space) is the other. … We were able to create a space that had no mortgage.” The building has anchor tenants based there who pay rent, rentable space for classes and performances, and the housing upstairs. “It came together really beautifully as a concept that fit into the building beautifully … that the funders loved, the community loved.”

With the caveat that he hasn’t been involved in a decade, Fischburg nonetheless lauds the result: “A lot of people have looked to it as a model. … Delridge has a lot of shared geography but (its people) rarely come together … we saw Youngstown as a place where that could happen … (where) all the different parts of the community could come together, play and dialogue and participate, support each other.”

Getting the building ready to open was an adventure all its own, Fischburg reminisces – volunteers were marshaled to go in and deal with a lot of stuff the school district had stored in there. Cooper School alumni were contacted, and invited to visit. They told stories, revisited lockers, recorded their stories.

The building has again served as a school, with classes for the Interagency Academy. And so much else is taught. “I think about all the things happening in there!” Fischburg says, adding, “We never imagined there’d be kids living there, but there are a bunch of kids who’ve grown up” at Youngstown.

Right now, in fact, DNDA tells us, there are 7 kids among the 52 people living in Youngstown’s 36 live/work studios.

(Sister the cat, photographed during the artists’ open house in 2012)

Having that kind of housing available allows the artists to devote more time and energy to their work, Fischburg notes. And the other projects that DNDA has developed are a boon to local nonprofits as well as low-income residents. As detailed here:

*Brandon Court
*Croft Place Townhomes
*One Community Commons
*West Seattle Food Bank & Community Resource Center
*Vivian McLean Place

DNDA also bought and refurbished three small apartment buildings – Centerwood, Delridge Heights, Holden Manor. (All its properties are mapped here.)

While DNDA has not added to its property portfolio in some years, it is by no means in a holding pattern, nor is Youngstown. We checked with DNDA’s current executive director David Bestock for more on that. Bestock first explained that DNDA recently updated its mission:

“Integrating art, nature, and neighborhood to build and sustain a dynamic Delridge.”

There’s a lot of synergy in that: “Our focus is a neighborhood-wide approach to livability and affordability, with a focus on social, racial, and environmental justice. We are actively working across sectors to provide maximum public benefit. Residents from our 7 affordable housing properties can come to participate in programs at Youngstown, and can join DNDA’s Nature Consortium to preserve the health of our local parks.”

The community beyond that has opportunities for involvement: “Our Arts In Nature Festival celebrates the arts, environment, and multicultural expression. Students from K-8 STEM walk to our Wetlands project to engage in hands-on environmental education. . We are truly providing a network of opportunities and support for our neighbors, and encouraging cross-cultural dialogue, civic engagement, and creative expression. It’s a beautiful thing.”

And as for the building whose centennial will be celebrated at Sunday afternoon’s party?

The Youngstown building is holding strong at 100 years, though it certainly needs some TLC, and ongoing maintenance of a well used 100-year-old building is quite expensive. The current major needs include structural supports where there is active foundation settling at the South end of the building (where our primary public rental spaces are), as the foundation sits on soil that has been shifting due to groundwater running under the building. There is construction happening NOW to install French drains along the back of the building to improve drainage from the hillside that will hopefully mitigate the amount of water flowing under the building that has been causing the noticeable settling. Once we are able to lessen the flow of water, we plan to install pin piles to support the foundation directly, and once that’s done we plan to convert our kitchen into a commercial kitchen, and make improvements in our Theater to make it an even more dynamic and engaging space. Further, we are looking to repair and beautify the stucco wall that fronts the building on Delridge, and to repaint our historic windows, which will deteriorate without proper care. Replacing the historic windows would cost ~$1.5M, so we’re looking to avoid that with proper maintenance J. There are many, ongoing needs here, and we work hard to find a balance between providing affordable space, and being able to fund needed maintenance and improvements.

Youngstown is a rare and special place. A hub of community connection, education, and celebration. We provide a safe space for people to land and to learn, and we specifically seek to engage low-income families, youth of color, the LGBTQ community, and others that often struggle to find support elsewhere. It is a vital community resource that deserves broad based community support. There is magic here. If you’ve ever been to Youngstown, you’ve probably felt it. If you have not yet been, please join us on Sunday to discover the incredible gem that is the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Let’s thrive together.

2-5 pm Sunday. Admission is free; donations welcome; registration encouraged.

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ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY: ‘Youngstown 100’ in honor of Cooper School centennial http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/another-anniversary-youngstown-100-in-honor-of-cooper-school-centennial/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:49:56 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=901068

(Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, WSB file photo)

Two and a half weeks until our area’s next centennial celebration – “Youngstown 100,” in honor of historic Cooper School, now known as Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, opened in 2017. It’s been in our calendar a while and now, with 2 1/2 weeks to go, the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association has sent this reminder:

Built in 1917, the Frank B. Cooper School on Delridge Way has a long and storied history of providing education to youth throughout the years, and more recently is known as the home of local nonprofits and artists alike. The historic building remains a vibrant and thriving place for youth to create, engage and participate in community activities, education, arts and culture. This year, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, as it’s now known, celebrates its centennial on Sunday, December 3rd, 2-5 pm, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

The free, family-friendly event will feature an open house of the school, art sales from resident artists, performances from local faves including Seattle’s own Kore Ionz, interactive art for the kids, a 3D time capsule and more.

“This amazing building turns 100 years old this year,” said David Bestock, Executive Director of Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA), the nonprofit organization that owns and operates Youngstown. “It is a center of community, a hub of arts and culture, a safe space for youth of color, queer youth, anyone, everyone.”

As part of the event’s mission to raise 100 donations of $100, people are asked to “buy a brick” in support of the next 100 years of the celebrated building. Those who attend the party will have the chance to decorate their “brick” and add it to the featured time capsule.

Tickets for the event are free, but registration is encouraged. Those who can’t attend are encouraged to donate to support the next 100 years of Youngstown.

If you are interested in donating – with or without going to the party – you can do that here.

P.S. Cooper School is historic not just because of the building, but because of some of what happened there – including the first African-American teacher to work in the Seattle school district, Thelma Dewitty, hired in 1947; Youngstown’s theater is named for her now.

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FOLLOWUP: Moving night 3 weeks away for 5458 California SW ‘log house’ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/followup-moving-night-3-weeks-away-for-5458-california-sw-log-house/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/followup-moving-night-3-weeks-away-for-5458-california-sw-log-house/#comments Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:25:55 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=900533

That photo texted to the WSB 24/7 hotline earlier this week shows some of the prep work that’s getting under way for the move of the 108-year-old “log house” at 5458 California SW. The move itself is still three weeks away, we’ve learned, but getting the house ready for it is going to look fairly dramatic.

First, some backstory – we first reported a year and a half ago that the owners of the site (where Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) was a longtime tenant, had decided to redevelop, originally planning to demolish the house. Then Nickel Bros, which specializes in moving buildings, got involved. As reported back in March, a local couple agreed to buy and move it. The six-live-work-unit project for the site proceeded through the city review and permit process. And now, it’s almost moving time. (Former tenant Ventana has since moved its offices a half-mile south to 5958 California SW.)

The executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, Jeff McCord, was with Nickel Bros when the plan was made to rescue the house, and he answered our questions today about where things stand. He says the move is now set for overnight Saturday, December 2nd, into Sunday, December 3rd – a few weeks later than previously planned, because of the permit process. What’s imminent is removal of the roof, necessary so they’ll be able to get the house under power lines; it will get a new roof when it’s on its new site. Crews also will be removing two rooms (which were a long-ago addition) from the back of the house.

Then when moving night arrives, the house will be taken north on California SW to its destination, the Bauersfelds’ home near West Seattle High School. McCord says they just learned that there won’t even have to be parking restrictions on California that night, because it’s wide enough for the house to get through. It’ll still be something to see, as was the overnight move of a Junction house in 2010 (different company, though). We’ll update again as the move gets closer.

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UPDATE: Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s ‘Power of Community’ champagne gala brunch raises $82,000+ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/seen-at-southwest-seattle-historical-societys-power-of-community-champagne-gala-brunch/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/seen-at-southwest-seattle-historical-societys-power-of-community-champagne-gala-brunch/#comments Sun, 05 Nov 2017 00:33:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=899835 (WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

5:33 PM: We stopped by Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) at midday for photos just as the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s champagne gala brunch was getting started. Above, new SWSHS executive director Jeff McCord and board president Karen Sisson; below, former executive director Clay Eals and former City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen:

Another West Seattleite retired from politics, former Mayor Greg Nickels, was there with wife Sharon Nickels:

Husky Deli proprietor Jack Miller was scheduled to be a star of the show, in a conversation with broadcast journalist Connie Thompson:

As with many galas, donated one-of-a-kind auction items were a major attraction. This one is a classic Pearl Jam poster:

Donations big and small are the lifeblood of nonprofits like SWSHS – that includes lots of volunteer power, so you can give time to support its work – and/or you can give money, too.

ADDED 8:23 PM: From Jeff McCord, a wrap-up with words of thanks:

Southwest Seattle Historical Society would like to thank the Community for coming out today to our 2017 Champagne Gala Brunch at Salty’s on Alki. We had some great highlights, like former executive director Clay Eals being awarded a “Power of Community” hand-blown glass ornament created for the occasion by Avalon Glassworks, and long-time supporter John Bennett, owner of Luna Park Cafe, leading off donor support this year as the Presenting Sponsor. This is in addition to the help John has always given us in the upkeep and care of the Log House Museum.

The Gala Committee worked tirelessly to put on the event, including creating four “Fun in the Junction” auction packages for the Morgan, Alaska, and Admiral Junctions, as well as the Alki business district. Some packages included things like B’s Po Boy on Alki contributing a five-course meal for six with wine pairings; Wiseman Appliances providing a stainless steel Frigidaire 38-bottle cooler for the Admiral Junction package; and, in the Morgan Junction, Thriftway making up a huge Seahawks-themed gift basket.

Between challenge funders, exciting live auction & raffle items, we are proud to announce that the community came together to help us raise over $82,000.

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CHIEF SEALTH ALUMS: Got memorabilia? This request is for you http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/chief-sealth-alums-got-memorabilia-this-request-is-for-you/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:00:10 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=898497 This year’s Chief Sealth International High School auction celebrates the school’s 60-year anniversary. If you or someone in your family spent time at the school during those 60 years, maybe you can help with this request:

Are you a Sealth Alumni? Do you know one? We are looking for MEMORABILIA throughout the ages. The Sealth Auction Committee is looking for items to use for decorations at the 9th Annual Auction for Sealth, PTSA, DSPA and Athletics. Do you have old Letterman jackets, pictures, annuals? Old uniforms? We’ll borrow or take whatever you’ve got. Maybe ask your neighbor that’s lived in the area for a long time. We are celebrating 60 years of Sealth, 1957-2017!

The auction is on November 18th at the Brockey Center. We’d love any help the community can offer us in locating these items. We are especially looking for the years late ’50s, ’60s & ’70s! Please contact Kristin Arvidson at chiefsealthptsa@gmail.com

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TICKET TIME: Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s 2017 Champagne Gala Brunch http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/ticket-time-southwest-seattle-historical-societys-2017-champagne-gala-brunch/ Wed, 04 Oct 2017 02:37:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=896700 Everybody loves a discount. If you buy your ticket(s) for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Champagne Gala Brunch before Thursday night (October 5th), you save more than 25 percent … $95 now, $125 starting Friday. This year’s brunch is at 11 am Saturday, November 4th, at Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor). The theme is “The Power of Community” and along with the live auction, golden-ticket drawing, and more, the event will feature one West Seattle legend – broadcast journalist Connie Thompson – in conversation with another – Husky Deli proprietor Jack Miller. This celebration is always sold out before the event day arrives, so you get a guaranteed seat along with a discount if you buy now – you can do that online, here.

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VIDEO: Four West Seattleites’ World War II memories http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/video-four-west-seattleites-world-war-ii-memories/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/video-four-west-seattleites-world-war-ii-memories/#comments Sat, 02 Sep 2017 17:35:55 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=893722

The video is from Mark Jaroslaw, a local video journalist who was asked by the Senior Center of West Seattle to record four local residents’ memories of World War II, in connection with today’s 72nd anniversary of its end. These aren’t military memories – though one participant did join the U.S. Coast Guard during the war – just everyday citizens, including two who lived in Europe at the time. Mark shared the 8-minute video with us and we’re sharing it with you.

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