The Seattle Way of Preservng a Neighborhood


Among the ugliest of new Seattle’s buildings is the structure next to the Ballad Bridge. Imbedded within this concrete blob is a tiny house that once belonged to Edith Macefield. Then in her 80’s, she refused to sell her little house on N. 48th St., despite being offered $1 million by the developers. for it. So, the house is still there amidst what the NY Times called ” The project, in faux industrial concrete and steel, is more evidence of change in a city whose growth and economic success over the past two decades ….. in the old fishing village of Ballard”CREDO 1

Edith is now deceased but the estate has stood by her will so developer Lois MacKenzie has partnered up with owner Greg Pinneo and plans to lift the house, create public space beneath it and remodel the little house so it can sleep up to six people.

Pinneo, the new owner, told the Seattle Times that “I’ve never met her, but I feel connected to her because she lived her credo, lived her philosophy. I felt compelled to let this deep thinking live on.”The development will be called Credo Square, which will feature plants and flowing water, and it will be surrounded by tiles that can be purchased (for $250 on up) featuring your own name and “credo.” We’ll update on any new progress with the project. Readmore at the NY Times.

0 Comments Add Yours ↓

  1. Roger Rabbit #

    Typical developer. Gotta get that house outta the way no matter what! Why not just leave it alone?