FOLLOWUP: What’s next for Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s hopes of saving ‘stone house’

(WSB photo from last week)

As first reported here last Thursday, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is hoping to move and save the well-known stone-covered cottage at 1123 Harbor SW before its new owner redevelops the site. Our story noted that SWSHS president Kathy Blackwell and preservationist John Bennett planned to meet this week with the company that bought the site and two adjacent lots. We checked back with them today to see how that meeting this past Monday went and what’s next. Blackwell described the meeting as “very cordial and positive.” She and Bennett both note that the new owners want the site cleared relatively quickly – voicing concern, Blackwell said, “about the buildings being vandalized or occupied illegally.” She also said the SWSHS is “very grateful for the outpouring of support” that followed when this all came to public attention last week. So what’s next? “Now the real work begins in finding a place where it can be re-located to. And researching the best way to move it.” Bennett adds that the site owners are “totally on board to save the stone house, but as business people, they want a plan and timeline on paper.” Speaking of documentation, in case you wondered, no redevelopment or demolition plans are on file with the city so far, just a permit that would allow work on the 90-year-old cottage’s exterior, studded with rocks its original owners gathered from the nearby beach.

10 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: What's next for Southwest Seattle Historical Society's hopes of saving 'stone house'"

  • Yma February 27, 2019 (2:19 pm)

    PLEASE save this!

  • miws February 27, 2019 (3:09 pm)

    Has Nickel Bros. been contacted regarding moving the stone cottage? —Mike

  • David February 27, 2019 (3:30 pm)

    I hate to be negative here as I also want to see the house preserved however I must ask – when was the last time anyone moved a brick house let alone one cobbled together from beach stones. It must way several tons more than typical wooded houses that have been moved in West Seattle lately. I hope I am wrong…

    • Yma February 27, 2019 (5:07 pm)

      I don’t think you’re being negative. It’s a very logical question to ask. I wonder if the developer of that plot could incorporate the house. Would lose some square footage but gain history.

  • LivesInWS February 27, 2019 (4:58 pm)

    This would be wonderful in Lincoln Park!

  • Erithan February 27, 2019 (7:53 pm)

    Really hope they can save this house, always loved this little house, have been worried about it for awhile with all the development. =(

  • Su February 27, 2019 (10:01 pm)

    Ouch, is it gonna turn into another tasteless townhouse?

  • jane mueller March 1, 2019 (3:44 pm)

    move the house next to the Walker Rock Garden!

  • LKT March 1, 2019 (11:09 pm)

    I love the idea of gently moving it to Lincoln Park. It could blend in so beautifully with the beach and the historic wood and stone structures already there. Imagine it as a little coffee hut with driftwood to sit on outside- a little non-commercial place for people to gather and visit on their walks in the park. 

  • Ken Paige March 2, 2019 (2:32 pm)

    The Stone House has captivated many in WS and beyond.  

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