nail house saved
Who ever heard of lifting a whole house two levels to save it? The long saga that started with a lone old lady did not die with the passing of the remarkable woman who owned this unremarkable home – and refused to sell the modest building even at a million dollars. Amazingly, it is now scheduled to be lifted and raised dozens of feet to sit upon a new structure sitting in the very same place – rather than being demolished and disappearing forever.

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While developers built up monstrous modern structures on all side of this small urban-lot house in Seattle, Edith Macefield stood firm and refused to sell her ‘nail house’ property. Now, the tables have turned and the developer – with whom she forged an unlikely friendship late in life despite their differences – plans to put the hold-out home on top of a new development to be erected on the plot.