Log cabin at fairgrounds saved

After going back and forth for months, it looks like the log cabin at the Fairgrounds will be spared the wrecking ball.

“The Log Cabin Project Committee (comprised mostly of the) Pacific Northwest Photographic Society is pleased to announce that the Historic Log Cabin, at Stampede Boulevard and Fairgrounds Road, will be saved from demolition,” said Ken Kramer, one of the organizers behind the project.

Committee members met with Cris Gears, Kitsap County Parks and Recreation director, on Monday, June 2 to work out remaining details to move the building, Kramer said.

The log cabin committee has raised more then half the amount necessary to start full restoration of the cabin, which will be moved about a block from its present location to an area east of the Fair Office.

“We appreciate the generous support of the community in helping us raise the funds,” said Kramer. He said the committee has raised $30,000 toward the goal of $65,000.

“This has been a project in the works for nearly four years and we are finally getting the community behind us,” he said. Over the next couple weeks the society will be looking for volunteer labor.

“The goal is to have the cabin in place at the new location, on it’s new foundation, and begin the exterior work prior to the end of June. We need to have the cabin’s exterior presentable before the fair in August.”

The county said the FDR-era cabin had to be moved or demolished to make room for a massive remodel of the southern half of the Fairgrounds. The log-cabin stable was taken down a few months ago because consultants said it was unsound. The society found a log cabin “preservationist” in Oregon who said the remaining cabin can be saved. Both structures have sat on the corner for over a decade.

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