Have you heard up “Up“? The popular Pixar movie has had played an unexpected role in Seattle’s recent development. Many parallels have been drawn between the circumnstances of the movie’s central character Carl and long time Seattle resident Edith Macefield.
Just before the Ballard Bridge Edith lived in a home built circa 1900. She caused quite a stir when she said “no” to the group behind the Ballard Blocks commercial development, including an offer of $1 million for her house and property.
Edith remained in her home up until her death in 2008. Ballard Blocks was completed shortly after, the tall dark structure surrounding Edith’s house on three sides. The Ballard Blocks is now home to Trader Joes, 24 Hour Fitness, Ballard Bridge Cafe, and most recently a Ross Dress for Less.
Edith’s choice is often credited as a desire to stay in her home rather than demonstrate against development. Regardless of her intentions, Edith’s home has become an important symbol for protecting historic homes and the encroachment of development. Colorful balloons have been placed along the fence line honoring the “Up” House.
The house came up for sale this month on the open market following foreclosure, failed plans for renovating the home, and no buyer from an auction in March. Paul Thomas, the “No B.S. Broker” is overseeing the sale. All offers must include a proposal for how the interested party will memorialize Edith Macefield.
Offers will be accepted until 5pm today.