Followup: Saving 4516 42nd SW by moving it within West Seattle

(Photos by Christopher Boffoli)
One week ago, we shared Larry Nitkey‘s photo of the 86-year-old house at 4516 42nd SW (map), one of four eventually slated to make way for a mixed-use development at 42nd/Oregon, and his report it would be moved. For WSB, Christopher Boffoli subsequently went to the site to get a closer look and speak with the contractors, who had told us by phone that we were welcome to come find out more, and take more photos.

Alex Schenkar of Schenkar Construction says this type of project is his firm’s specialty – they also emphasize sustainability and, when feasible, preserving well-built old houses, rather than tearing them down for brand-new ones. But some dismantling work is happening here; to move this house to its new location at 2758 46th SW (here’s a map; here’s a flyer received along part of the route), they had to cut it down to its first floor – so it can get under power lines, Schenkar said. (You can see an undated “before” photo on the county website.)

Now for a peek inside:

Workers even have taken a look inside the walls – Schenkar said they hadn’t found any treasures, but they did find Depression-era “newspapers talking about FDR.”

Christopher also reports, “All of the old framing lumber was really remarkable. Beautiful old full-dimension lumber with tight, straight grain. You’d never see that kind of stuff inside walls in new construction these days. Alex said that’s just the kind of common lumber they had available in the 20’s and 30’s. It was really nothing special. ‘Houses like this were built by loggers and fishermen’.”

A new second story is planned for the house when the move is complete. Meantime, work will continue until the move happens early Sunday, July 18th – an operation that will take several hours. If you are interested in more of this house’s backstory, our partners at the Seattle Times just published an article about it tonight, including an interview with the new owners – you can read it here.

7 Replies to "Followup: Saving 4516 42nd SW by moving it within West Seattle"

  • coffee July 6, 2010 (5:38 am)

    Thank goodness, a house is saved! I just hate the new stuff..

  • sophista-tiki July 6, 2010 (7:02 am)

    YAY I agree, not that Im so opposed to the new BUT I hate to see single family homes dissapear. Shoving more people into the neighborhood by building town houses and condos is short sighted. Its crowded enough around here.
    new construction means more noise, more polution, less tree canopy, more cars, more SMUG.

  • HelperMonkey July 6, 2010 (7:13 am)

    thank goodness they’re saving this. have you heard about the ugly monstrosity that’s going in it’s place? just what West Seattle needs….NOT.

    • WSB July 6, 2010 (7:59 am)

      Our most recent update on the project is linked in the story. Includes a rendering.

  • Mookie July 6, 2010 (12:07 pm)

    Watching it move through the neighborhood in the wee hours is going to be really something. So glad it’s being re-situated and appreciated.

  • Todd_ July 6, 2010 (12:14 pm)

    Amen sophista-tiki!

  • LDH July 6, 2010 (2:36 pm)

    I couldn’t be happier to see this wonderful house move to a new location, avoiding demolition. We lived there for 6 years and it is great old house!!

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