Save Edith Macefield' "Up House" from Demolition!
Save Edith Macefield' "Up House" from Demolition!
Save Edith Macefield’s “Up House” from the wrecking ball. Help OPAL make Edith’s house into a home again for a family in need.
Save Edith Macefield’s “Up House” from the wrecking ball. Help OPAL make Edith’s house into a home again for a family in need. Read more
Save Edith Macefield’s “Up House" from demolition! The house must be moved or face possible demolition. Help honor Edith's legacy and make her house into a home again for a family in need.
After years of failed attempts, the house must be moved from its unimaginable location, hemmed in on three sides by development.
Last month, the current owners announced that the house will need to be moved and the land will be sold separately. After considering proposals, the owners will donate the house to OPAL Community Land Trust, but it will only happen if OPAL can raise the money to save the house.
OPAL wants to save the famous “Up” House by floating it away, not to Paradise Falls, but to Orcas Island, 60 miles north of Seattle. On the island, Edith’s house would become a home again, this time for a family in need. Edith’s house will have new neighbors that are houses with families.
Here’s the lowdown:
• The future of Edith Macefield’s “Up House" is in jeopardy. The house's fate is uncertain and it must be moved or face possible demolition. You can save the house by donating to our campaign.
• Numerous attempts to preserve, renovate or re-use the house in its current location have failed.
• OPAL, a non-profit organization, submitted a proposal to save the house. We will float Edith’s house by barge to Orcas Island, Washington, to provide permanently affordable housing for a family in need. (As much as we wanted to use only a huge bundle of balloons to float the house up and away, the help of a barge is needed!)
The proposal has been accepted. But it won’t happen without your support.
• Edith Macefield lived out her wish to remain in her home until she died. You can keep Edith’s ideal of the importance of a home alive, and make a difference for a family who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a home.
• OPAL is working to raise the funds necessary to lift Edith’s house up, move it away by truck and barge, purchase the land on which it will rest, and make it ready for a family in need on Orcas Island. The funds need to be in place before the house is moved.
A New Chapter for the "Up House": Edith, meet OPAL
Born in 1921, Edith Macefield’s life was filled with adventure—from joining the military at age 18 to living overseas to touring as a singer with big bands. But one of her biggest adventures of all came in her retirement.
Edith Macefield’s house was made internationally famous when a mall and office center was constructed around it after she turned down a reported $1 million offer from the developers so she could stay in her home.
Since then, thousands of people have connected with the story of Edith's house and her tenacity, and with parallels to the Disney/Pixar movie “Up.” Barry Martin and Philip Lerman wrote a book, Under One Roof, telling lessons Barry learned from Edith, and stories she told him about her life.
Edith died in June 2008 and the house has remained vacant since then.
We believe that bringing the house to Orcas Island is the right thing to do. It will help a family own a house and provide the stability that comes with ownership, honor Edith’s legacy of the importance of home, and preserve the house itself for generations to come.
Who is OPAL and what are the plans for Edith Macefield’s house?
• OPAL is a nonprofit charitable organization (501c3) that has been providing permanently affordable housing for 26 years. (Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law). Our experience includes moving houses—10 so far—including 5 houses moved by barge to Orcas from the Seattle area. Learn more about OPAL >
• As part of a Community Land Trust, Edith’s house will always be protected and affordable, providing housing that is affordable to the residents for generations to come. The land will be kept for residential use in perpetuity. Learn more about permanently affordable housing >
• Edith’s home is in excellent structural shape with new framing. OPAL will restore the house, ultimately looking similar to Edith's original home. We will be “Up” cycling the house rather than building another home, a surprisingly cost-effective option for creating affordable housing that also can reduce waste.
• Orcas Island has one of the highest housing affordability gaps in the State of Washington – making it very difficult for local residents who live and work on the island to afford a home. OPAL provides affordable housing for nearly 5% of Orcas Island’s year-round population.
• In October 2015, we plan to physically move the house from its foundation, transport it via truck to an ocean-going barge where it will float north through the Salish Sea to Orcas Island. We already have an agreement to purchase land near the main village of Eastsound, where the house will be sited on a new foundation.
OPAL has moved 10 houses, 5 by barge:
We are thrilled to be taking care of Edith Macefield’s ‘Up’ house as it floats to a new family, and hope Edith’s story will highlight the ongoing importance of homes for stable families and communities throughout our state and country.
Risks and challenges
Our proposal to float Edith’s house to Orcas Island to provide permanently affordable housing has been accepted by the owner of the house.
However, OPAL has just until September 15, 2015 to raise the funds necessary to lift Edith’s house up, move it away and relocate it on the new site. Once funds are raised during this Kickstarter project, we are confident that we will be able to complete the stages of this project in a timely and efficient way.
OPAL has been providing permanently affordable housing for 26 years, with numerous completed affordable housing projects.
We’re already in the process of purchasing the land where Edith’s House will be sited in Eastsound, near two other OPAL projects. OPAL has extensive experience with projects like this one--including 10 houses moved from other locations--for affordable housing. We’ve worked with the house-relocation and barge company several times before and understand the process, from permitting to the tides tables!
We have already confirmed the team of people who will work on the project, from transport to renovation. And we have an eager waiting list of families waiting to purchase an affordable home.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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