NEW IS OLD – July 5, 2018

From today’s walk I’d like to share a couple of buildings I’ve shown you before. First up the old 1866 Robertson’s Store building. Here’s a photo of it in 1991 from a newspaper cutting at the Island County Historical Museum, Coupeville.

Robertson Building Before

After about three years they are finally making some good progress. The dormers on the roof is done, there’s new doors on the side and I see some walls going up on the inside. There will be shops and living quarters inside.

Robertson Store 1883

To find out more about the history of the Robertson Store and other Front Street stores,  go to the Front Street web site.

This next one I’m really excited about. The Joseph B. Libby house on Main Street was built in 1870. For a long time it was on the “Most Endangered Historic Properties List“. This was it a couple of years ago.

Libby House 1870-3

The house was to be torn down to make way for a new house. Fortunately that effort was blocked and last November it was sold to a new owner.

It had really deteriorated over time with holes in the roof and dying from neglect.

I spoke with the new owner who was there working on it and it’s going to be fully restored and they will live there, the house is saved.

He is having to replace many of the floor joists as they are rotted. The interior will be kept the same as it was in 1870. Here it is this morning.

Libby House

What a lovely old home. A wonderful renewal addition to the town.

I hope you enjoyed that little bit of history, there certainly is a lot of it in this historic seaside town.

As always, thanks for walking with me and I’ll see you again soon.