This Place Matters Community Challenge, Vote for Local Heritage in the Duwamish Peninsula

Screenshot of This Place Matters web page

From a press release from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society issued September 9, 2010.

CONTACT: Judy Bentley (206-661-4984) or Andrea Mercado (206-388-9970);


Vote before Wednesday, September 15th to award the Southwest Seattle Historical Society $25,000 for preservation education and advocacy on the Duwamish Peninsula.

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society (SWSHS) is competing with other not-for-profits nationwide in the National Trust for Historic Preservation “This Place Matters” photo contest.  The grant supports communities across the country who post a photo and a story of one place in their community that matters – then rally online supporters around that place for the chance to win $25,000.  We need your vote!  The SWSHS is the only organization competing for this award in Washington State and one of only a few on the West Coast.  To vote, visit the “This Place Matters” Community Challenge webpage and click on the Washington map.

On July 4th, 2010, the people of Seattle stood up for a century-old West Seattle city landmark. Originally called the Fir Lodge, the 106-year-old log structure has been known for decades as the Alki Homestead restaurant. The building was damaged by a January 2009 fire and since then has sat vacant.   The SWSHS operates the Log House Museum, which was formerly the carriage house for the Fir Lodge estate, and now sits a half-block away.  The society’s mission includes advocacy for the preservation of historic sites.  Any awards received from the National Trust for Historic Preservation would fund landmark advocacy and preservation education on the Duwamish Peninsula.

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Southwest Seattle Historical Society, Log House Museum

3003 61st Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116; (206) 938-5293; open Thursdays-Sundays, 12-4 p.m.