The owner of this Seattle home, Edith Macefield, held her ground and refused to sell out to developers. She lived in the house until her death in 2008 at age 86. Now, with the mortgage in default, the house has been put on the market and will likely be sold to a big commercial developer, just like the properties on either side. A sad, all-too-perfect example of what’s happening across the country. Progress for the sake of progress. Profit over history, every time. Out with the old, in with the new. Everything’s disposable, short lived, planned obsolescence built in. Newer is better, and certainly more profitable. For somebody.
How I wish I had the money to save this symbol of the way America used to be, when proud owners lived in their homes for decades and defiantly stood their ground against commercial encroachment, when neighborhoods and history meant something. I’d refurbish the house with as much historical accuracy as possible and perhaps open a tiny coffee house or other community gathering place, named “Macefield,” of course. Or maybe not. The house was built in 1900 or thereabouts. Perhaps it could be designated and protected as an historical landmark. But, regardless, I’d restore and protect it. Just because.