During my morning walks around the Ebey Reserve I’ve been watching this old farmhouse. It was for sale last year and finally sold around the first of this year. I was hoping that the new owners would fix it up because it was really run down. Apparently they were able to get some help from the Ebey Forever Fund that helps people preserve the old farm on the Ebey Prairie.
Here’s the house just as they were getting started on the new roof.
As you can see it needs a lot of help.
This morning I took these pictures that show a lot of progress, I’m getting excited to see the end result of this restoration.
As I dug deeper into the history of this house I found that it was built in 1890 by a man named Perkin although I haven’t found any information about the Perkin family yet.
I did find this article about the restoration in the Whidbey Examiner newspaper:
“Projects help sustain that building for future use, for future generations,” Preiss said.
One project already underway is the Perkins House, which was built in 1890 on Ebey Road.
Through new ownership, the house is getting a major makeover to revert it back to its original appearance.
Annie Kidd Matsov, historical architect for the reserve, said the Perkins House had some modifications to windows and doors over the years as well as additions.
Because of the changes over the years, the home no longer contributes to the historical registry.
Once the new owner purchased the home, renovation unearthed some of the original historical integrity.
“It’s like solving mysteries through historical archeology,” Matsov said.
By getting down to the original frame, workers found an original door had been closed up and windows had been modified.
Part of the Ebey’s Forever Fund grant will help restore the original door as well as bring windows back to their original dimensions.
Removing some of the house’s siding revealed the original siding was just covered with new.
Which is good, Matsov said, because it’s been mostly protected over the years.
The grant from Ebey’s Forever Fund will help fund siding restoration and milling, front door replacement and window replacement.
In addition, the owner is replacing the roof with historic style shingles.
During renovations, workers were scraping old drywall from the home and found an old hymnal book from the Coupeville Methodist Church inside.
The book belonged to Virginia Sherman, who lived in the home as a child.
The owner was able to contact Sherman and visit her at her home south of Seattle.
“All of the buildings have their own stories,” Preiss said. “It’s fun to uncover.”
“We’re the benefactors of these stories.”
One reason I found this so interesting is because we live on Perkins Street.
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