Seattle’s floating homes community began as a population of unregulated and inexpensive industrial houses in the late 1800s, yet it has evolved to become some of the most sought-after real estate in Seattle today. Little has been shared about this intimate and unique community that is characterized by eclectic architecture, diverse individuals, and a strong sense of community. It is hard to imagine Seattle without its floating homes, but there was a period of time when the community was considered undesirable and was almost driven from the city shores. This book explores the community history of floating homes in Seattle, tales from life on the dock, and the ongoing challenges of being a fringe neighborhood in the urban context of the city.
Author Bio: Author Erin Feeney began working with the floating homes community in Seattle through her graduate studies in architecture at the University of Washington. The support of the Floating Homes Association, community members, and local archive staff was pivotal in her ability to present the history of this relatively undocumented community in Seattle. Erin’s exploration of the contemporary history of the floating homes community extends through an exhibit on the community at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry.
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