The little stone-studded cottage at 1123 Harbor Ave SW, near Alki Beach in Seattle has been a beloved and legendary landmark for 90 years. The wrecking ball is looming and we need your help to save this piece of West Seattle history. We are seeking $110,000 in donations and ask for your support.
Now the beloved Stone Cottage faces the wrecking ball, unless it is moved from the site by Mid 2021
YOU can help “Save the Stone Cottage” with your tax-deductible support
The Stone Cottage is now surrounded by condos and townhouses and is slated for demolition in April. For more than two years, a group of West Seattleites known as Save the Stone Cottage LLC, has joined forces with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Historic Seattle, to develop a plan to save the 90-year-old beach home. These community volunteers have developed a three-phase, adaptive-reuse plan, and have until Mid 2021 to move the house off of the site before the wrecking ball arrives.
OUR FIRST $20,000 DONATION!
Chainqui Development (the new property owner) recognizes the importance of our city's history and has donated $20,000 toward the rescue of the Stone Cottage, which represents a major milestone in our campaign!
Here’s what will happen with your donation
(combined with everyone’s support)
REACHING $110,000 — The initial $110,000 raised will allow us to move the house to a temporary storage location
With other generous supporters and Chainqui’s contribution, we are already more than 35% of the way to reaching this goal!
REACHING $160,000 — If we surpass that amount, an *ADDITIONAL* $50,000 will go to a second-stage move once we find a permanent location for the Stone Cottage
REACHING $190,000 — This additional $30,000 raised will allow us to develop all of the architectural drawings and pay for permitting for the Stone Cottage when we know where its final destination will be
WHAT IF WE RAISE EVEN MORE?
Stay tuned and we will post new Stretch Goals as the campaign progresses…
For more of the story of the Stone Cottage and its original owner, Eva Falk, including some amazing pictures, please visit the website at:
THE COTTAGE’S ECLECTIC HISTORY!
The story of the Stone Cottage is inextricably tied with the story of Eva Falk, who built the home with her mother and were among the first settlers to build homes on Duwamish tribal land on Harbor Avenue. Eva was a free spirit, her life extraordinary, and she was a fixture of this beach community.
The Stone Cottage was a symbol of the Admiral and Alki community during the 1930s. Eva and her mother didn’t have much money during the depression and used their resourcefulness to build the house. Eva bartered with the residents of Hooverville — the temporary community of out-of-work, homeless Seattleites across Elliott Bay — to do the masonry work in exchange for meals. The family salvaged the stained glass windows and the front door. This home is a representation of the resourcefulness of the women who lived there and of their working-class community during the depression.
Eva and her mother came up with its unique façade of more than 15,000 beach stones, carried from the beach near the Alki Lighthouse, and each stone was thoughtfully placed by hand on the exterior of the building.
As the decades passed, Eva welcomed all manner of strangers to the Stone Cottage, turning them into friends. She told her daughter, “This house is for giving shelter to anybody and anything.” For good reason, one stone placed prominently near the cottage’s front door bears the shape of a heart. Eva died in 1997 at age 92.
Our vision is to move the Stone Cottage and preserve it as a place for the community to gather. If the Stone Cottage isn’t moved, demolition is expected to begin in Mid 2021, and we will lose this precious piece of our history.
Please consider sponsoring this effort by making a tax-deductible donation today!
About our Fiscal Sponsor…
The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, EIN 91-1297010, is serving as the fiscal sponsor of the "Save the Stone Cottage" Project. We appreciate its steadfast participation.