January 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm #606291
Used to be a small home built entirely out of river rock or so it looked like to me, real close to the back side beach opposite Alki ave. Every time I ride past the area now I look for it but can’t find it. (haven’t ridden off the main avenue though, maybe ought to try that). All those nice homes along there. I sure hope it wasn’t knocked down but I supposed it’s possible.January 20, 2013 at 8:26 pm #783170
Maybe you’re forgetting which side of Duwamish Head it’s on? It’s still there, visible from Harbor Ave, not Alki Ave.January 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm #783171
I will have to look. Where exactly on Harbor Ave. are you talking about?
I’m was pretty sure the one I’m thinking of was on Beach Dr SW on the back side beach around the corner from Alki past the Coast Guard station. West of 63rd Ave also. That was so close to Grandma’s house I could go there by myself as a kid (about5-6 blocks)January 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm #783172January 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm #783173
Oh, I remember that one. I’m still thinking there was one on Beach Dr. Could be mistaken though….January 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm #783174
bambooboy you’re thinking of the one on Beach Dr, just around the corner from the Lighthouse, and near the Sewage Treatment Plant.
The story I always heard, was that the guy built the stone house, and the stone wall out front, by carrying all the stones up from the beach. He apparently died of a heart attack, before finishing.
The house had an elevator in it, for his disabled wife, and I believe it held a record, possibly Guinness, for being the smallest building with an elevator.
The house was torn down in the ’70’s or ’80’s, for an apt/condo. :-(
The wall remained for many years, and, as I recall the subject of it was brought up here within the last couple of years, and that the wall was either gone now, or at least in pretty bad shape.
MikeJanuary 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm #783175
That’s the one! Really small as I recall. As I remember the rocks were round, that’s why I figured river rocks, but dragging them up from the beach across the street does make more senseJanuary 20, 2013 at 10:38 pm #783176
We lived on Beach Drive the first two years we were here (1991-1993) and I remember seeing what was left of the famous stone house … but not for quite some years now, so the tide, I think, finally had its way with what was left of it – TracyJanuary 20, 2013 at 10:46 pm #783177January 21, 2013 at 1:23 am #783178
The little rock house made it into Ripley’s Believe it or Not because of the elevator (more like the stair assist type.) The pebble wall is still there, but has quite the lean to it. The site is just to the west of the sewer plant on Beach Drive.
Also, all the holly bushes have been cut down around the former house of ill repute on Alki if you remember that story.January 21, 2013 at 1:50 am #783179
Hey, we had one of those up in Ballard when I was growing up House of Il repute I mean. On my next bike ride past I am definitely going to check it outJanuary 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm #783180January 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm #783181
I have done work for the lady that owns that house It has an interesting history. I Believe it was her father that gathered the rocks from the beach to do the outside of the house. someone should do a story on it.January 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm #783182January 21, 2013 at 10:56 pm #783183
That’s the one I’m thinking of. There is a bigger house built of stones on Harbor, I’m waiting for the condos to eat it.January 21, 2013 at 11:56 pm #783184
JanSParticipantJanuary 22, 2013 at 1:37 am #783185
here’s another pic of it from MOHAI. (don’t know how to post a pic)
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