Life She Said She Didn’t Need a Bigger Home
posted by June 17 at 12:38 PMon
And she was right. A year after Edith Macefield rejected a developer’s offer to buy her house, Seattle’s most tenacious homeowner is dead.
Edith Macefield has passed away of natural causes, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s office. My Ballard has received a few emails in the last couple of weeks saying that ambulances have been seen coming and going from her home. She was 86 years old.
Edith lived in the same house on NW 46th St. for the last 56 years. She made national news in 2006 when she refused to sell her home for $1 million to developers. Construction crews then proceeded to build the development around her.
I know I’m always chanting and ranting about the need for density, but every time I think about Macefield’s house surrounded by that humongous building, it makes me damn proud of her. Check out this excellent passage:
Inside, the place is clean and organized. Pictures of herself as a girl, posing with her mother and brother at Alki Beach, stand on bookcases. There are framed pictures of opera singer Enrico Caruso and composer Giacomo Puccini on one wall. A collection of glass animal figurines are lined up along every windowsill and sash. A bookcase is neatly stacked with old movies on video.
She has no regrets about refusing to sell her house. She said she doesn’t mind the noise at the construction site. She turns the television up, or plays her opera so loud you can hear it outside.
“I went through World War II, the noise doesn’t bother me,” she said. “They’ll get it done someday.
Macefield’s house shouldn’t be torn down—it should be preserved as a historic landmark of this building boom, a homage to tenacity and stubbornness. Happy travels, Edith Macefield.