Ballard residents hope to save Macefield house

Edith Macefield

SEATTLE - Despite the odds, here it stands.

"The idea of tearing it down is as about as ridiculous as tearing down the Fremont Troll," said community organizer Gerard Wirz, referring to Ballard's most famous former residence.

When this home's 86-year-old owner, Edith Macefield, died in 2008, she was the last remaining resident on her block. A homeowner holdout famous for turning down a million-dollar offer to move on.

"I would have taken the money," Wirz laughs.

Wirz is helping lead an effort to keep the house standing, and keep Edith's legacy alive.

"She really represented that steadfast determination of the people who live here," said Wirz.

Now that the old Macefield place has been sold to an undisclosed buyer, nearby residents, like Halynn Blanchard are worried.

"We don't need more cement here." Blanchard said.

A spontaneous shrine to Edith and her enduring legacy has taken hold on the fence out front, where visitors leave balloons scrawled with messages.

"Everybody wants to see this house stay," said Wirz.

Wirz added that most visitors view Seattle's newest tourist attraction as a symbol of hope and resolution in a fast-changing world.

"We love to celebrate that and invite the world to come and see."

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