PHOTOS: Beam signing commemorates new Highline Heritage Museum


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Local dignitaries, board members, donors and other citizens were invited to sign the ‘last beam’ at the under-construction Highline Heritage Musuem at 819 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien on Thursday, July 6.

Guests signed their names and best wishes onto the metal beam, which was later raised into place in the upper southeast corner of the building.

The 6900 square foot building is expected to be opened in early 2018.

On a more somber note, a group of helium balloons was released in a ceremony after the beam raising to honor Architect David Clark, who passed away suddenly recently.

Here’s more info on the new museum from the Highline Historical Society:

Architect David Clark’s initial rendering of the building is shown above. The false brick facade on the east wall may be removed and the original siding restored. There will be a 5 foot overhang on the north and east walls so visitors can walk to the entrance under cover. Faces of our diverse Highline population will be shown on the exterior of the building. Many are former prominent citizens, Trustees, and others representative of those that have moved here from other countries.

The project timeline calls for the demolition of the interior (now completed), with construction moving forward shortly thereafter. When the demolition of the interior was complete, the architect was able to see the “bones” of the building and work toward completion of the plans for the museum. The existing building was constructed over almost 90 years in 4 sections. Until all the walls and ceilings were removed he was unable to assess the condition of the remaining building. The structural engineer recommends replacing the roof. He has completed the renovation plan and they have been submitted for permitting. When the city’s review is complete, construction can begin. We have a goal of being ready for exhibit installation seven months after construction begins. With a lot of hard work, and a lot of help from all of you reading this, we are hoping to be open for business as a museum in mid – 2017.’s initial rendering of the building is shown above. The false brick facade on the east wall may be removed and the original siding restored. There will be a 5 foot overhang on the north and east walls so visitors can walk to the entrance under cover. Faces of our diverse Highline population will be shown on the exterior of the building. Many are former prominent citizens, Trustees, and others representative of those that have moved here from other countries.

The project timeline calls for the demolition of the interior (now completed), with construction moving forward shortly thereafter. When the demolition of the interior was complete, the architect was able to see the “bones” of the building and work toward completion of the plans for the museum. The existing building was constructed over almost 90 years in 4 sections. Until all the walls and ceilings were removed he was unable to assess the condition of the remaining building. The structural engineer recommends replacing the roof. He has completed the renovation plan and they have been submitted for permitting. When the city’s review is complete, construction can begin. We have a goal of being ready for exhibit installation seven months after construction begins. With a lot of hard work, and a lot of help from all of you reading this, we are hoping to be open for business as a museum in mid – 2017.

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Photos by Nancy Salguero McKay & Scott Schaefer

For more information, visit http://www.highlinehistory.org/.

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