September 9th, 2004

Dubious future

I took this photo of the old “Packard House” a couple of weeks ago when I noticed excavation work going on around it. Yesterday I read an article in the Skagit Valley Herald that reported the historic home’s future is in jeopardy as preparations are made to construct three new homes in the neighborhood. The home, which faces Fidalgo Bay on 5th Street at the base of Cap Sante, was built in 1929. Its first occupant was Charles Q. Adams, great-grandson of President John Q. Adams. Charles Adams died the day he and his wife moved into the home. Lyle and Doris Packard, both deceased, lived in the home from 1948 until 1999. Leading an effort to explore options other than demolition of the historic structure is Anacortes High School alum and 2002 Dartmouth graduate Brent Morrison.

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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