A quiet effort to save a house that is called historical in nature faces an uphill fight with the City of Sammamish.
Harry and Claradell Shedd want to prevent the demolition of the Eddy House at 440 218th Ave. SE, just north of Big Rock Park and South of SE 4th.
The boarded-up house is “a singular landmark-eligible residence of Indian tribal members’ importance,” they say. Members of the Duwamish, Yakima and Snoqualmie tribes have lived here, they said.
Sammamish is processing a development application from Quadrant Corp. that would result in tearing down the home, the Shedds say.
The Sammamish Heritage Society and the City have reached an impasse, they said.
“The impasse could have been avoided if the City staff had honored the Aug. 3, 2008, Interlocal Agreement for Landmark Services between King County and Sammamish,” the Shedds told Sammamish Comment.
“Now the City community finds itself potentially the victim of the demolition death knell with the appearance the City and Quadrant once again coalescing against the property rights of Sammamish residents,” the Shedds said.
Claradell Shedd told The Comment that they’ve spent hundreds of dollars and “endless hours” researching county records to document the historical nature of the Eddy House.
The Sammamish Heritage Society provided documents to the City over several months supporting preservation of the Eddy house.