Trillium Heritage Awards 2012
As part of its Preservation Recognition Program, the Shoreline Historical Museum gave, on
November 17, 2012, its 7thAnnual Trillium Heritage Awards to three deserving contestants in North Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Shoreline. The plaque for North Seattle went to the LaVilla Dairy, built in 1922 on Fischer Place NE in Lake City. Building owner and award recipient was Al Blindheim. His father was a Lake City pioneer, opening his first dairy near the LaVilla train stop by Lake Washington in 1913, and later moving closer to the new highway, then called Victory Way.
Accepting the award for a historic building in Lake Forest Park were Brent and Sallie Lumley, owners of The Whizz Kids Academy at 18512 – Ballinger Way NE. The masonry building was constructed in 1930 by Charles and Clara McArthur, who came to Lake Forest Park in 1916. They built their first store on the same spot in 1918, but lost it to a fire in early 1930. At one time the McArthurs lived upstairs, and operated the store below. After several other store owners, it eventually became Laing’s Specialty Print
Shop. It became the Whizz Kids Academy in 1997. The Preservation Recognition committee had this iconic building on its list of possible award winner for several years, and was pleased to present a Trillium Heritage Award to the Lumleys.
Shoreline pioneer John L. Johnson came to the Richmond Beach area in 1894, buying a piece of property from relative Joseph Mathison, who had come from Norway beforehand to secure property that could divided by the whole family. Johnson built a small house for his children and wife, then set about building a larger home, today’s Trillium Award winner in Shoreline. The Johnson house has graced the property at 19536 15th Ave. NW since 1904. Their large family occupied it for many years, doing an extensive remodel in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s which added dormers and a bathroom, among other conveniences. Jere and Lynn Wright are only the second non-Johnson owners to reside in the house, which looks today just like it did in the 1930’s. Johnson family members were in attendance for the award presentation, including John L. Johnson’s great granddaughter Nancy Roediger, and great- granddaughter Alana Brandstrom, who nominated the Wrights and their historic home for the award.
The Shoreline Historical Museum’s Trillium Heritage Awards raise awareness of the community’s roots, and encourages excellence in the maintenance and perpetuation of historic buildings in accordance with their original style.