Alki Homestead sold. What’s next? Southwest Seattle Historical Society plans ‘major announcement’ tomorrow morning

The city-landmark Alki Homestead officially has a new owner, according to documents filed with the county, dated today: Fir Lodge LLC has purchased it for $1,250,000. Fir Lodge, of course, is the historic name of the log building at 2717 61st SW. And the LLC is in the name of Dennis Schilling, with whom we talked back in January about his prospective purchase of the Homestead, closed since a fire damaged its interior six years ago.

Schilling is a Mercer Island-based investor who already has a success story in Alki, having purchased and fixed up the once-threatened-with-demolition Shoremont Apartments, just blocks east of the Homestead. His interest in the historic lodge came more than three years after former owner Tom Lin‘s proposed renovation plan went idle following multiple reviews with members of the city’s Landmarks Board, which has jurisdiction over changes to buildings and sites that are under city landmark protection, as this one has been since 1996. Schilling has been talking with the Landmarks Board and other city reps about his hopes of renovating the building and possibly building a few apartments on part of its current parking lot; we were there as he talked with the board’s Architectural Review Committee in late January.

New ownership is only a first step into the Homestead’s future, but we expect to find out much more about what’s next for it tomorrow morning, as the Southwest Seattle Historical Society – which has been working for years to save the Homestead – has announced a media briefing with “a major announcement” at 9 am, and we’ll be there. SWSHS has many ties to the Homestead/Fir Lodge, not the least of which is the fact that its headquarters building, the Log House Museum a half block away, was its carriage house decades ago.

ADDED SATURDAY MORNING: The official news release is on the Log House Museum site; we’re at the LHM news conference where the sale and restoration plan are being officially announced.

9 Replies to "Alki Homestead sold. What's next? Southwest Seattle Historical Society plans 'major announcement' tomorrow morning"

  • Diane March 13, 2015 (8:31 pm)

    excellent news; does “media” event mean public not invited?

    • WSB March 13, 2015 (8:39 pm)

      Diane, I honestly don’t know who’ll be there (besides SWSHS director Clay Eals, of course) and what will be said/done, “press conferences” aren’t usually public events but this is supposed to be by the Homestead barring rain and bystanders can’t be barred from public right-of-way like the sidewalk :)

  • dsa March 13, 2015 (10:57 pm)

    72% chance of rain at 9AM per weather underground, but that’s better than what it said yesterday.

    • WSB March 13, 2015 (10:59 pm)

      Thanks, hadn’t looked yet!

  • Diane March 14, 2015 (12:42 am)

    Thanks; at least I won’t feel conflicted with 2 events at 9am, and really looking forward to candidate forum

  • JanS March 14, 2015 (12:54 am)

    Mr. Shilling did wonders with the Shoremont…hopefully he can with this, too…good news, indeed…

  • Roweboat March 14, 2015 (5:35 am)

    This is excellent! So much potential and a part of WS history.

  • Kira March 14, 2015 (7:47 am)

    I have always thought it would be so fun having The Homestead become a dinner theater/murder mystery restaurant. Matching menus to shows or mysteries.

  • Alki Res March 14, 2015 (10:44 am)

    This building has a real historic significance, but all people seem to care about is getting back their chicken dinners. When it was built, the Fir Lodge was surrounded by trees and open space all the way to the water in every direction. The real cost of the fire may have been the last few inches of breathing room this building enjoys.

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