The world has closely followed the story of this little Seattle house that belonged to a tough old lady named Edith Macefield. When developers sough to build a shopping mall on her block, Macefield reportedly refused offers mounting to $1 million; she would not sell her beloved cottage, only to watch it torn down and replaced by a commercial monolith. Fast forward to 2015, seven years after Macefield’s passing, and the house is on the chopping block yet again. This time, it’s been put on the market by the investment company who took possession after its former caretaker passed away.
Macefield’s anticorporate stance drew a lot of attention to her battle against commercial development. The tiny house, measuring just 600 square feet, sat in resolute protest as the shopping development went up around it anyway. The house has been uninhabited since Macefield’s death in 2008 and the city has rezoned the property since the area is now primarily industrial and commercial, meaning that a new owner would need the city to approve an unlikely variance in order to allow someone to move in. The sellers aren’t expecting potential buyers to be interested in living in the peculiar famous house, though. Demolition is almost guaranteed.
Although the house, which may have inspired the Pixar film Up, may not have much longer left to stand, its former owner’s impact on Seattle is impermeable. The broker managing the home’s sale is accepting offers until April 20, at which time the house’s fate will be decided forever. Curious fans and potential buyers can even peek inside the house, thank to exclusive video shared by the New York Daily News. Until the sale is complete, visitors continue to flock to the site to attach balloons to the surrounding fence, and leave gifts and notes in honor of the departed former owner. The seller hopes that, regardless of what becomes of the site in the future, the new owners will incorporate some sort of memorial to stand in remembrance of the woman who fought so hard to protect her little cottage from the corporate overlords.
Via New York Times
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