New Life for Historic Properties in Skykomish

The OneMish Lodge undergoes restoration with support from 4Culture. Photo property of 4Culture.

Threatened by long neglect, two historic properties in Skykomish have been stabilized and are on a path towards reuse.

The Skykomish Theatre building was originally built as a warehouse for Maloney’s Store, but locally is more commonly known for its use as a theater from the 1930s to the late 1960s. Later, it was used primarily for storage and fell into disrepair. New owner Frank Martin has accomplished a full rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the building. Salvaging as much original material as possible, he has transformed the interior to include five units of extended-stay lodging, with common spaces intended to foster a sense of community among those who stay there. Martin has dubbed the project OneMish Lodge, and envisions the building as a base camp for recreation and tourism.

The Skykomish Hotel undergoing restoration with support from 4Culture. Photo property of 4Culture.

The Skykomish Hotel, which was abandoned and deteriorating for many years, has also seen substantial new investment, after the Town of Skykomish acquired the building and leased it to Revive-Historic Skykomish, LLC. With support from 4Culture, Revive Historic-Skykomish replaced the roof, abated hazardous materials, and structurally stabilized the building. They are now seeking retail tenants for the first floor, and will begin restoration of the upper floors.

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