News release on second anniversary of Alki Homestead fire

This news release, distributed by e-mail after the event at the Log House Museum, has one significant change from the paper version given out at the event – the first paragraph in the original, paper version did not state that “the offer was turned down last fall” – we’ve transcribed the previous version for comparison; see below

Updates on Alki Homestead indicate ‘This Place STILL Matters’

WEST SEATTLE, Wash. – A coalition of four organizations today announced several updates regarding the potential for protection, preservation and restoration of a beloved City of Seattle landmark, the 107-year-old log structure known as Fir Lodge and the Alki Homestead Restaurant.

The four organizations are the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, Historic Seattle, 4Culture and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, all of which have heritage preservation and advocacy as a key component of their missions.

The organizations held a press conference on Jan. 16, 2011, the second anniversary of a fire that damaged a portion of the Alki Homestead. The press conference took place at the Log House Museum of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, the organization that nominated the Alki Homestead for landmark status that was conferred on the building in 1996 by the Seattle City Council.

Here are the updates, which the coalition is optimistic will lead to the protection, preservation and restoration of the Alki Homestead:

1. Historic Seattle, working with private investors, made an offer to purchase the Alki Homestead that was commensurate with the asking price that the building owner requested in July 2010. The offer was accompanied by studies showing that the Alki Homestead is worth preserving. While the offer was turned down last fall, Historic Seattle and its investors remain interested in working with the owner on any proposal to protect, preserve and restore the Alki Homestead.

[WSB editor’s note: The paper copy of the news release given out at the Log House Museum this morning had a different paragraph as #1. Transcription of that version: “1. With the aim of purchasing the Alki Homestead, Historic Seattle, working with private investors, has had significant discussions with the building owner since last summer. In addition, other investigations leave Historic Seattle confident that the Alki Homestead buliding can be preserved with integrity and practicality. Historic Seattle and its investors remain interested in working with the owner to protect, preserve and restore the Alki Homestead.” ADDED 1:54 PM: SWSHS’ Clay Eals explains the e-mailed version was a draft, not the final copy, and the printed version is the correct, final copy.]

2. The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, 4Culture and the Washington Trust filed on Jan. 14, 2011, a request with the Seattle Department of Planning and Development seeking to enforce the owner’s responsibility to protect the building from damage. This step will maximize the potential for its preservation and restoration, particularly during inclement weather.

3. The coalition released a color poster today that depicts the inspiring rally on July 4, 2010, when 200 public officials, civic leaders and others stood in front of the Alki Homestead to proclaim that “This Place Matters.” Immediately after today’s press conference, the coalition began posting this poster in area storefronts and elsewhere to spread the word about public support for this community and citywide treasure.