Even in death, ‘Up’ house owner Edith Macefield remains a mystery

Edith Macefield in front of her house, with a neighbor’s dog and a late 1930s Ford Coupe. At right, the house in 2015.
Edith Macefield’s small Ballard bungalow became a symbol for her holding out, refusing to sell as the Ballard Blocks development engulfed her home and became known as the “Up House” because of the balloons attached to the fence out front.

The owner of Ballard’s ‘Up’ house, who turned down hundreds of thousands of dollars to stay in her home until she died in 2008, remains a mystery.

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