Earlier this month, we reported the sad news that Edith Macefield’s iconic Seattle home likely faced demolition, after its new owners determined it would be too expensive to renovate as a coffee shop. The bungalow came to share a city block with a shopping center in the downtown neighborhood of Ballard, WA when Macefield, the home’s former owner, refused to sell her property to developers. The now-vacant home, a symbol for anti-corporate struggles, has reportedly been saved from the chopping block and will remain intact, thanks to a yet-to-be-named nonprofit organization.
Paul Thomas is the “No BS” real estate broker who has been managing the home’s affairs since shortly after Macefield’s passing. In the intervening years, the home has become world famous for its resemblance to the house in the 2009 film “Up,” which many believe was modeled after Macefield’s bungalow. In advance of next week’s official announcement, Thomas revealed to Seattle’s KING5 News that a non-profit organization has stepped forward to take advantage of the offer issued earlier this month. The nonprofit will save the house by moving it, intact, to another location.
A press conference is slated to be held at the iconic landmark on Tuesday, August 4, where the public will learn more details of the plan. Previous murmurings have suggested that, if the house is moved, it should be turned into a museum or some kind of memorial for the woman who fought to save it, but there’s been no word yet about what will really happen. Although the home won’t be carried away by a bundle of brightly colored balloons, like in the animated hit, we’re relieved to know Macefield’s home will be preserved as a reminder of the impact one dedicated person can have on the world.
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