Save Garden House!
Garden House sold on October 10th to a private party. We hope to hear soon from the new owners about their plans for the space.
The Seattle Beacon Hill Historic Preservation Coalition has submitted the landmark application to the city for review. Many have asked what this means. This is the first step in getting Landmark Designation for the house and grounds. This makes it much more difficult for anyone to tear down the first house on Beacon Hill. Before a decision is made by the city, there will be opportunities for the public to make their voice heard at several community meetings hosted by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board. We will share out these dates once they are scheduled and encourage our neighbors to attend. To find out more about the process, visit the Seattle Landmarks Page.
Thank you for all of your efforts! We will continue to advocate for preservation of the site intact.
Find out more about the Garden House and its history here.
Dine out to Save Garden House
This Wednesday Sept. 26th!
A one-day, Dine Out event throughout Beacon Hill to raise awareness and money to protect this Beacon Hill treasure, community space, and green space. The funds raised will cover the cost of professional services associated with Landmarking and preservation of this property so it cannot be torn down.
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Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates!
Update on the status of the Garden House sale
Beacon Arts has learned that WSFGC, the Federation, received multiple offers on Thursday, September 20, and declined them. They continue to seek an appropriate buyer who will preserve the site intact and is able to come close to their price.
If you know of anyone who can make a significant donation toward purchase
and preservation of the Garden House, please contact us.
Volunteer Meeting 9/18
Save Garden House Volunteer Meeting. This Tuesday, 9/18. 6 pm potluck, 6:30 meeting starts at Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Clubhouse (4103 Beacon Ave South). Beacon Arts is working to quickly get a capital campaign underway as well as continue with getting landmark status for the site.
We need all hands on deck, if you are interested in volunteering, please attend this meeting to find out how you can help. We will have a potluck at 6, don’t worry if you can’t bring anything, we will have enough to feed all. At 6:30 we will delve into next steps for this campaign and how you can help. Thanks to the Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club, another great local tradition, for letting us use their clubhouse.
Progress update: 9/11 Community Meeting
Thanks to all who showed up in support of saving Garden House. As many know, Beacon Arts, your neighborhood arts council and longtime tenant of Garden House, has been working to find a way to preserve Garden House as a welcoming cultural and historical community hub. Garden House is now on the market with an asking price of $1.75 million.
Last night’s meeting was an opportunity for Beacon Arts and the community to directly ask Bruce Harrell’s office and the city council for help in preserving the property. Beacon Arts asked for $2 million dollars in assistance in purchasing the property and for deferred maintenance in their 2019 budget. They also asked for any other assistance the city could provide. Read the full statement presented here.
Save Garden House campaign would like to thank the community for their donations which has resulted in a landmark designation application happening. We raised just slightly over $12,000 including the $2,417 from the Dine out for Garden House Event. We used these funds for legal consultation and services, community outreach, and professional services to complete and submit the landmark application. We will continue to support the landmark application through the
presentation and review process. Stay tuned!