Committee approves 209 Caspers St. for historic preservation

By Brian Soergel | Sep 21, 2017
Photo by: Brian Soergel The 1920s house at 209 Caspers Street may soon be part of the Edmonds Register of Historic Properties.

The Edmonds Historical Preservation Commission has voted to recommend the house at 209 Caspers St. for inclusion in the Edmonds Register of Historic Properties. A public hearing was held Sept. 14.

The recommendation now goes to the Edmonds City Council.

If approved, a ceremony will be arranged for Mayor Dave Earling and others to present a plaque and, usually, install it somewhere on the designated property. The process will probably take 4-6 weeks, according to Commission member Tim Raetzloff.

The two-story Gerdon House, also known as the Madrona Manor, is a Dutch colonial from the 1920s. The house, with a circular driveway, has an enclosed room with rooftop porch. It was the longtime home of Betty Mueller, who died in 2013. Kurt and Cari Campbell bought the property in 2015 for $975,000.

“209 Caspers is unique in that it was a Montgomery Ward kit house,” Raetzloff said. “It was manufactured in Chehalis, shipped by train to Edmonds and transported to the site with instructions of how to put it together.”

Raetzloff said the next two properties under consideration are the Allen Yost house at 658 Maple St. and the Samuel Yost house at 536 Pine St. Yost family members were the owners of Old Milltown and other Edmonds businesses.

They also have a park named after them.


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