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Historic site does not seem endangered | Letter to the Editor

I have lived on Vashon for over 15 years. While looking for property, one of the options my husband and I had was Mukai Farm. The processing plant was not on the market and was owned by a different party.

Frankly, we were daunted by the condition of the property, which had changed hands several times since the 1950s. We passed on purchasing Mukai Farm.

My father, a prominent California architect, instilled in me an appreciation and love for architecture. I was drawn to our island because of the sense of home, community and the charming buildings. I have since learned that many buildings have been “saved” by Island Landmarks.

Recently I attended the Island Landmarks open garden at Mukai. All I can say is the place is totally changed. The trailers are gone. The debris is removed. I could see the garden bones. The cyclone fence that divided the property is removed. The two properties are “one,” with the driveway removed and replanted. The house’s character was wonderful.

To me, this does not look neglected or endangered. What comes to mind as “endangered” is the Portage Store .

Instead of rallies, negative articles and lawsuits, I think the Vashon community should thank Island Landmarks for saving the Mukai site. We should be counting our blessings that someone took the time to landmark other buildings like the Belle Baldwin house, Masonic temple, Point Robinson and many others.

I believe Mary Matthews is due an apology from the island community, as she has led these efforts.

Rather than angry fighting, let’s join together and be grateful and thankful.

— Dovell Marks

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