Historic Structures Report
The Friends of Mukai was awarded an $8,000 grant from 4Culture in November 2014 to research and prepare a condensed Phase 1 Historic Structures Report for both the Mukai House and Barreling Plant. The work to prepare the report was done by the Friends of Mukai, as well as an architectural consultant, Artifacts Consulting, Inc. The tasks included archival research and field documentation. The report is now complete and includes historical context, physical description, prioritized treatment recommendations, and a work plan to guide future work. Phase 2 Historic Structures Report will also include the garden. To view the report click here
Mukai House and Garden Open House
Friends of Mukai finally had an opportunity to open the house and garden for public viewing. On June 8, organization members were invited to tour the house and property prior to our annual meeting. The June 18 and 19 weekend open houses gave the Vashon community a chance to take a look. Over 150 people took advantage of this opportunity to tour the house, hear about plans for the garden and learn more about the history. A major celebration is planned for the fall.
Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
Special Achievement Historic Preservation
Seven members of Friends of Mukai attended the award ceremony to receive a Special Achievement Historic Preservation award from the Washington State Department of Archeology in recognition of the organization’s work in saving the Mukai House and Garden. Below is the award citation.
The Friends of Mukai, formerly known as Island Landmarks, was recognized for their dedicated work in pursuit of preserving and interpreting Vashon Island’s Mukai House and Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as being a designated King County Landmark. Recognizing its significance to the region’s agricultural and Asian American heritage, efforts to protect the property from development began in1995. In 2000, Island Landmarks obtained public funding to purchase the residence with the goal of opening the property to the public with ongoing preservation. After years elapsed with no sign of reaching these goals, the Friends group members began organizing to gain control of the organization and property. After years of litigation, the Friends received a final decision this April effectively awarding control of the Mukai property to the Friends group. The special achievement award recognizes their long-fought effort to control the property and preserve it for public education and enjoyment.
Images of the first house cleaning after gaining control of the Mukai House and Garden