Logs arrive for early restoration work at Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge

(Dennis Schilling, Alki Homestead owner, shows the logs he has just transported to its parking lot)
Two and a half months after Dennis Schilling bought the Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge, there are visible signs of its upcoming restoration. Thanks to Clay Eals, Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director, for the photo and update:

Fifteen fir logs arrived in the Alki Homestead parking lot this afternoon, awaiting use in replacing damaged logs in the southeast corner of the building.

The logs are stored in a trailer that owner Dennis Schilling drove from Mountain Log Homes in Kalama, north of Portland. Each log is about 16 1/2 feet long.

Schilling said work will begin soon on shoring up the interior of the southeast corner of the Homestead to allow eventual replacement of damaged logs that have been marked for several months with blue tape.

In preparation for this work, Schilling’s crew installed anchor fence to surround the front entrance of the Homestead as a protective measure.

There is no set schedule for the log replacement, but some of the work may begin by the time of a group photo to be taken of 900 students from Alki and Schmitz Park elementary schools the morning of Friday, June 5, 2015. As part of the brief event, speakers will include King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen.

Schilling has been consulting with a structural engineer, and his crew has installed temporary power and begun cleaning out non-landmarked, fire-damaged materials from the kitchen. Soon his crew will measure roof angles in preparation for repair, along with eventual restoration of the iconic Alki Homestead sign.

More backstory on this page of the SWSHS website – and going even further back, in our archive of WSB Alki Homestead coverage, including the January 2009 fire that has left it vacant for more than six years.

8 Replies to "Logs arrive for early restoration work at Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge"

  • Alki Bee May 28, 2015 (5:54 pm)

    Kudos to Mr. Schilling for taking on this important project. Future generations will be grateful.

  • westseattledood May 28, 2015 (6:43 pm)

    This will be wonderful to watch as the project progresses. The simple fir logs are beautiful! I have confidence this fellow will do a stellar job given his other project on Alki.

  • sc May 29, 2015 (2:14 am)

    So glad to see this happening with all the other demolition of older homes occurring.
    It will again be a wonderful landmark on Alki.

  • Diane May 29, 2015 (2:22 am)

    why do Dow & Tom get any acclaim for this? how about the many historic preservation advocates who worked hard for years to make this happen?

    major kudos and thanks to Dennis, and Clay et al who really deserve the acclaim

  • Dan May 29, 2015 (10:05 am)

    This is a great step in the right direction. Kudos to all who helped make this happen.

  • PJK May 29, 2015 (11:51 am)

    Glad to see a building being preserved and not torn down, especially since “this place matters”!

  • David May 29, 2015 (12:55 pm)


    After hearing for YEARS how it was “impossible” to fix this building and it obviously had to be torn down, or would cost too much to fix…here comes someone just fixing it. Huh. I guess it could be fixed. Way to go! Happy to see it!

  • dsa May 29, 2015 (2:33 pm)

    All these things can be done when there is a will to do so. Thank you Mr. Schilling.

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