Dennis Schilling, owner of the Alki Homestead, displays the 15 logs he transported on May 28, 2015, to the building's parking lot.

Logs arrive as part of Alki Homestead restoration

information from Southwest Seattle Historical Society

Fifteen fir logs arrived in the Alki Homestead parking lot Thursday afternoon, May 28, awaiting use in replacing damaged logs in the southeast corner of the building.
The logs are stored in a trailer that owner Dennis Schilling drove from Mountain Log Homes in Kalama, north of Portland. Each log is about 16-1/2 feet long.

Schilling said work will begin soon on shoring up the interior of the southeast corner of the Homestead to allow eventual replacement of damaged logs that have been marked for several months with blue tape.
In preparation for this work, Schilling’s crew installed anchor fence to surround the front entrance of the Homestead as a protective measure.

There is no set schedule for the log replacement, but some of the work may begin by the time of a group photo to be taken of 900 students from Alki and Schmitz Park elementary schools the morning of Friday, June 5, 2015. As part of the brief event, speakers will include King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen.

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On the Go Week of 5-18-15

Duwamish Longhouse Event
Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
4705 W. Marginal Way S.W.
206.431.1582 or www.duwamishtribe.org
Sat., May 23, 1-3 p.m. Academic Elders: New books by Ken Tollefson and Vi Hilbert, with Jay Miller & Lois Dodson. A lively panel featuring Dr. Tollefson, anthropologist for the Duwamish Tribe. Book signing. Free event. Information at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1592198 or www,facebook.com/events/1469061673384852/

Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
Forest Lawn Cemetery/Funeral Home
6701 30th Ave. S.W.
Mon., May 25, 2-3 p.m. Ceremony at Forest Lawn, followed by a reception at:
American Legion Post 160
3618 SW Alaska St.

“Beach Blanket Bingo” Theme for Rainbow Bingo
Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 S.W. Oregon St.

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Joe James grandfather, Joseph Edward “Daddy” Standley – built this house in 1906 in West Seattle and founded Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe on the Seattle waterfront. The house is the subject of tour sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society on June 28.

‘If These Walls Could Talk’ tour on Sunday, June 28 will feature home of Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe founder

information from Southwest Seattle Historical Society

A century ago, the home at 1750 Palm Ave. S.W. probably was the most gawked-at, talked-about residence in West Seattle.

“Everybody wanted to see it,” says 90-year-old Joe James, whose grandfather – Ye Olde Curiosity Shop founder Joseph Edward “Daddy” Standley – built the house in 1906. “Sightseeing buses used to stop there on their tours and let people out to look at the yard. He had everything in there you could think of, from whale jawbones to whale vertebrae to totem poles to shell mounds.”

Often, visitors were allowed to venture inside.

“He had a lot of curios in the house, things that he had collected,” James says. “He had a miniature collection and an ivory collection and all of that. People would come up to the fence, and he’d invite them into the house and show them what else he had. My mother never knew who was going to come into the house. He was very friendly to these people and very proud to show them his collection.”

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