Kirkland Home Tour "Now & Then"
When you think of Kirkland, many of us think of the waterfront, the luscious green parks, the shops. But most of all, what comes to mind is community. Like all great ideas, this came from one of our communitys most giving and passionate longtime members, Sue Contreras.
Wouldnt it be great if Kirkland had a home tour AND could raise money for a great cause?
Sue is no stranger to volunteer work. She has been an active member of the culture and community here for close to 42 years. Finding the yes is her specialty. Using her resources, Sue reached out to the community.
Long time Kirkland City Council member, Toby Nixon suggested to feature some built green homes as well as historical homes. Lynette Friberg Weber is the Kirkland Heritage Commissioner and Brenda Nunes started the Sustainability September movement in Kirkland.
Im definitely in good company in presenting a Home Toursays Sue.
So how did Sue choose the seven properties that will be featured on the tour?
NOW Homes (Juanita Farm House Cottages, Arête, Buchan Built
For the 'now' homes...it intrigued me that the new wave is to build sustainable built green properties. The properties we have chosen are remarkable. Arête, in the former Crab Cracker restaurant location, has the platinum LEED certification, and the Buchan Built home and the Farmhouse Cottages at Juanita are brand new and 5-star green built.
THEN Homes. (Marsh Mansion, Smith Log Home, Altig Property, Khoury Home)
I love that we have been able to save historic homes and I applaud the people who have so lovingly cared for them. The 'then' homes on the tour are just wonderful to see.... from a log home on the lake, to the Marsh mansion, to a home for one of Peter Kirk's associates to a completely refurbished log home that was moved from its previous Market St. location.
Its no wonder that Sue choose the Kirkland Performing Arts Center and the Kirkland Heritage society as the beneficiaries of the Kirkland Home Tour- Now & Then. These organizations are near and dear to many of us here in Kirkland. Sue has been involved with the KPC since before it was built and currently sits on their advisory board. And The Kirkland Heritage Society is another non-profit close to her heart.
A group of us were able to restore the historic Captain Anderson Ferry clock a few years ago and I feel the importance of trying to preserve parts of our city's history for future generations.
She told me this story. To Sue, it was simple. She noticed the clock was broken. Why not find a way to fix it? And she did.
Please join us for a long awaited Kirkland Home Tour, Now and Then, Saturday, September 17 from 10-4:00.
Complete information is on the www.kirklandhometour.com
Call Sue Contreras for information. 425-827-6870
Kirkland- Parking Across from Houghton Beach Park (View)
5808 Lake Washington Blvd NE
Kirkland, WA 98033
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