VIDEO: See inside the Alki Homestead as restoration continues

Thanks to Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, for sharing the video and the following report as the first round of restoration work continues at the city-landmark Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge:

Alki Homestead owner Dennis Schilling and his crew, including his son, Matt, worked on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, to haul out no longer functioning kitchen equipment and other detritus and to build and test an outdoor wooden shelf or sling to hold new logs in position when rotted logs (with blue tape) on the southeast corner are replaced. (The kitchen is not part of the city-landmarked features of the building, and replacement of the southeast-corner logs was given administrative approval by city landmarks staff in January.) Restoration work on the 1904 city landmark began this spring and will continue steadily through the summer and beyond. The Southwest Seattle Historical Society will provide periodic video updates such as this one.

Schilling, who previously gained West Seattle fame for restoring the once-marked-for-teardown Shoremont Apartments on Alki three years ago, bought the Homestead in March, as first reported here. You can check out the SWSHS’s ongoing reports on this page of the organization’s website; WSB coverage of the Homestead, going back even before the 2009 fire, is archived here, newest-to-oldest.

4 Replies to "VIDEO: See inside the Alki Homestead as restoration continues"

  • miws June 11, 2015 (1:18 pm)

    I really appreciate seeing Dennis’ (and Son’s) hands-on work on this project, including from a previous WSB article, the mention of him hauling the logs up to Seattle in his own truck/trailer. This speaks that he takes great pride and personal responsibility in these beautiful, classic buildings he “rescues” in purchasing them.


    Huge thanks to Dennis and Crew, Clay/SWSHS, and WSB for sharing!



  • Panda June 11, 2015 (1:21 pm)

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see it come together. (Don’t show that video to OSHA). Please wear proper equipment guys.

  • what panda said June 11, 2015 (6:43 pm)

    That was the first time I’ve seen the interior since the last time I had a chicken dinner there. I did not have many opportunities to eat there, but the last time, a hostess was showing me to the table, I could not help but notice all of the freaking extension cords all around the perimeter and across the carpeting from one room to the next. Glad these folks are gonna’ make it right for Seattle history.

    AND…GOGGLES Guys! There are impressionable people viewing the restoration.

    This is interesting to me. A few years ago I had an opportunity to work on a log house in Boulder, CO with a former boyfriend who chinked them. Dusty work. Veeeery dusty. But rewarding.

    This is going to be wonderful. But wear your goggles and other gear (when on camera, at least)!

  • James White June 25, 2015 (8:40 pm)

    Will great to see the finished work. This is where my career started 1971 that lead me to be an Executive Chef, retired 2013. My last visit I was very sad to see what condition it had become.

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