Shoreline Historical Museum Presents Shoreline Trillium Heritage Award

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

On November 21 at the Annual Meeting, the Shoreline Historical Museum presented plaques to the winners of the 4th Annual Trillium Heritage Award, an honor given to property owners for maintaining the historical qualities of their respective buildings. 

In Shoreline, the winner is Robin Brumett, owner of the 1910 Edwin and Hattie Guie house, which sits majestically above Richmond Beach, commanding a view of the old town, the Sound and the mountains beyond. Edwin Guie’s professional life included work as an attorney, a Washington State legislator and a King County Superior Court judge. He created the original plat of the 165-lot Richmond Reserve in 1907. He and his wife built and lived in what was then the most expensive house on the hill, valued at $1470.  

However, according to research done by Tracy Tallman, they only lived in the beautiful house for a year, despite the fact that they continued to own much of the Richmond reserve property even into the 1940’s. The home has had very few owners. Mabel Chase purchased the house from the Guies in 1911. The Brumetts, who have now lived there for 44 years, purchased it from Paul Bushue, a famous Shoreline School District educator. Each of those owners chose to keep the house just as it was built, which graces the neighborhood with its elegant historical appearance. 


The Trillium Heritage Award pays tribute to the owners of buildings built prior to December 31, 1940 that have been maintained in accordance with their original style. Anyone can nominate a property, but the owner must agree to the nomination. The purpose of the Award is to raise awareness of the community’s past and recognize outstanding examples of historic architecture, as well as encourage excellence in maintenance and perpetuation of historic buildings. This and other programs at the Museum are assisted by sustained support from the City of Shoreline and 4Culture. For more information please call the Museum at 206-542-7111, or e-mail.

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