Letters to the Editor

Historic building is still undergoing restoration

I must open this letter by saying how shocked I was when my friends began telling me about a recent letter to the editor regarding my downtown property (“Some buildings need sprucing up,” page A4, May 9 Herald).

My first reaction was that I felt bad that the record rains this year as well as contractor availability and scope of work had not allowed for a rapid repair of our issue.

Then I wondered why in the world someone would address this issue in a public media forum. Certainly if they had questions I surely would have preferred they contact me directly to inquire or perhaps even offer assistance.

You see, in 1988, when my husband Larry and I committed to buying the oldest (1885) building in town, it was in terrible shape and we knew it was going to take more than a few bucks and some elbow grease. Boy, was that an understatement! In fact, that dream turned into a nightmare the very first winter when we lost 35 feet off the back of the building from rot. Still, we were committed to the restoration and over the years our hard work has been recognized by many, including building improvement awards and other recognitions from the Chamber of Commerce, city and county officials.

We are certainly not slumlords and have always been proud to give countless hours (in fact, dedicated years of service) to community services and various organizations in Poulsbo and Kitsap.

Unfortunately, all that came to a screeching halt just over three months ago when my husband died very suddenly and unexpectedly.

Now, it is up to me to carry our commitment to this community forward and I will do so ... even if the timing does not meet what others expect!

Restoring and maintaining a building of this age is a continously ongoing effort.

Finally, I would like to add the fact that our tenant, Thor’s Hammer & Needle (the tattoo shop), has been an exemplary tenant as well as a generous business community participant for the last three years.

P.S. The tarp will be removed during Viking Fest.

Mary Anderson


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