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Edith Macefield’s house to be saved

Posted by Geeky Swedes on July 30th, 2015

edithThe iconic Edith Macefield house in Ballard will be moved and saved by a non-profit organization, according to a press release sent by real estate broker Paul Thomas.

“The house really will float away, but not by air,” he wrote. “I can’t possibly imagine a more wonderful ending for this chapter of the Edith Macefield story.”

Thomas did not provide details, explaining that he’ll hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on August 4th at the site.

Last month, Thomas said that the home was facing demolition if nobody stepped forward to save it. Would-be buyers backed out when they discovered the aging house was not up to code and would require a significant investment to restore.
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Macefield made headlines several years ago when she refused to sell her house for $1 million to developers. The Ballard Blocks development was built around it, leading many to believe that Macefield’s house inspired the Pixar movie “Up.”

We’ll update you when we learn more.

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14 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 angeline // Jul 30, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I don’t get this idea at all. If the house is not in that location, it loses most of its significance.

  • 2 Elembee // Jul 30, 2015 at 11:51 am

    @Angeline, so you think instead of saving the house it should be demo’d?

  • 3 Bart // Jul 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Yes Elembee, it should be demo’d.

    There is almost nothing left of the original structure– all the finishes are gone and the framing is entirely new.

    It’s literally a shell of the house it once was.

    Edith is rolling in her grave… AGAIN.

  • 4 Tim Flanagan // Jul 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Woops! That’s not what Angeline said.
    Anyhoo, here’s what I’m saying: “It’s not the HOUSE that’s significant. The HOUSE is irrelevant. It’s the house IN THAT LOCATION that’s significant. Save the house, demo the house; if the house is removed from THAT LOCATION, it hardly matters either way.”

  • 5 Elembee // Jul 30, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    @Tim, that makes sense. That said, if it can be used for another purpose, isn’t that even better than being demo’d? In other words, to recycle, re-use materials rather than starting from scratch to build a new home?

  • 6 Jayson Morris // Jul 30, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Good News then!

  • 7 Bart // Jul 30, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Elembee, have you ever been in this house?

    I strolled through it, shortly after it was ‘restored.’

    It was re-built with newer, cheaper materials (like OSB walls). The small, cramped upper level was reconstructed as it once was which was a mean little space.

    If the idea is to recycle the materials, it would be much more effectively done if you dismantled the house and re-used individual materials, rather than spending lots of time, money and energy actually moving the whole thing somewhere else.

    The end product would sure be better (remember the house looks nothing like it does in the photo above).

  • 8 Fred // Jul 30, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Dumbest thing I’ve heard. It’s the location stupid. Moving the house makes it meaningless. It’s not like it’s some kind of architectural masterpiece. Put it somewhere else it’s just a junk house.

  • 9 Elembee // Jul 30, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    @Bart..to be honest, I haven’t been inside the house, just seen pictures.

  • 10 angeline // Jul 30, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks, Tim. That’s exactly what I meant.

  • 11 Jo // Jul 30, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    More romanticizing nonsense. Donate the money that it would cost to move the house to a worthwhile charity.
    I highly doubt that the house inspired the movie “Up”
    Please show me a source if it did.

  • 12 Deke // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Here’s what they should do:
    http://seattlebuilds.com/wp/?p=2480

  • 13 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Jul 31, 2015 at 8:13 am

    What next? A kickstarter campaign for a park bench and bronze plaque?

  • 14 An Observer // Aug 2, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    So moving it brings it up to code for less money than bringing it up to code in situ? Color me skeptical.

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