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Subject:   'Silk Stockings' House, Other Historic Buildings Set For Update
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10/22/2007  9:45:00 AM
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'Silk Stockings' House, Other Historic Buildings Set For Update
Bids Go Out in November for Skagit Historic Housing District Projects


SEATTLE - Seattle City Light will seek bids in November on the first phase of an estimated $1.3 million project to renovate four buildings in the Skagit Historic Housing District, starting with one of the original homes on Newhalem’s “Silk Stocking Lane.”

The Skagit Historic Housing project is a maintenance and upgrade program for three buildings in Newhalem and one in nearby Diablo. Bids on the first house will go out in late November. Work on the whole project is expected to last several years.

“This project is exciting from a historic preservation standpoint,” Seattle City Light Project Manager Wanda Schulze said. “Newhalem and Diablo are among the very few, if not the only, municipally-owned company towns left in the U.S.”

“The buildings have been lived in almost continually since their construction in the 1920s and 30s,” Schulze said. “Our challenge is to make them comfortable, energy efficient and able to accommodate modern appliances and electronics while still preserving their historic character. The Silk Stocking Row House will be a showcase for achieving this balance and will set the standard for other renovations.”

Located along U.S. 20 on the Skagit River at the edge of the North Cascades National Park, Newhalem and Diablo were developed in the 1920s by Seattle City Light to provide housing for the workforce at the Ross, Gorge and Diablo hydroelectric dams

Four buildings are involved in the project.

Silk Stocking Row House #6 will be the first to receive a makeover. The two-story, wood-frame, single-family residence is located along Silk Stocking Lane, facing the Skagit River. Renovations include new finishes; cabinets, fixtures and equipment for the kitchen; new plumbing; electrical upgrades; porch and staircase repairs; and bathroom upgrades. The estimate for this work is $240,000.

Later phases will renovate Bunkhouse #13, Bunkhouse #70 and the Hollywood House in the town of Diablo.



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