On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, Kirkland resident Kim Hartman watched as the house moving company Nickel Bros. transported her new home to its permanent location in the 100 block of Sixth Avenue.
Hartman and her husband, Dan, bought the historic home, called the Trueblood House, which had been living at Lakeside Christian Church, located on First Avenue just around the corner.
The Hartmans, along with their son and daughter, plan to live in the Trueblood home.
Kim Hartman called the project a “labor of love.” She said they never thought they would end up being the owners of such a great peice of Kirkland history.
“The Trueblood House’s unique architectural style tells the story of Kirkland’s origins,” according to a City of Kirkland press release. “The house was located one block from the busiest street in town, then known as Picadilly, and was one of eight homes built in 1889 by the Kirkland Land and Improvement Company. Incorporated by Peter Kirk and Leigh J. Hunt, owner and publisher of the Seattle Post Intelligencer, the Kirkland Land and Improvement Company was instrumental in Kirkland’s early development.”
The home is named for Kirkland’s first doctor, Dr. Barclay Trueblood, whose family lived in it. The other seven homes the Kirkland Land and Improvement Company constructed that year were for steel mill executives.
During the move Tuesday, the city closed down Sixth Avenue and First Street while Nickel Bros. moved the home to the Hartman’s property off of Sixth Avenue, just 300 feet from where the Trueblood House was first built, said city planner Allison Zike.
About 28 onlookers watched as the house made its way down First Street to Sixth Avenue. The process of moving the home down the street took more than an hour.
Earlier that morning, Nickel Bros. coordinated with about four utility companies to move the house for the second time. The house moving company based out of Vancouver first financed the move of the home to its temperary location at the church in order to preserve it last year.