In the corner between Northwest 46th Street and 15th Avenue, in Ballard, Seattle, wedged between a Trader Joe’s and an LA Fitness, lies a little cottage.
Surrounded by towering concrete walls on three sides, the hundred-year-old house belonged to late Edith Macefield, a stubborn old woman, who famously turned down $1 million in 2006 refusing to sell her home to make way for a commercial complex. In doing so, she became something of a folk hero cheered by Ballard residents who were tired of watching the blue-collar neighborhood disappear under condominiums and trendy restaurants. The publicity surrounding her case was so widespread that it forced the developers to build the five-storey building around her 108-year-old farmhouse. In 2009, Macefield’s iconic house became inspiration for the 2009 Pixar movie Up.