July 22, 2002
Apple Farm Village
by Bronwyn Wilson
Senior Staff Reporter
Around seven years ago three historic Woodinville homes braced for their imminent demise Ñ destruction by wrecking ball.
Woodinville resident Barbara Kelson rescued the doomed homes before their demolition was carried out. She moved the Calkins' home, a big 1910 house with a porch and leaded windows, and two 1940 cottages to property in the tourist district near the Hollywood Hill intersection.
Now under restoration, the homes will be granted a new life when they debut as the centerpiece of a new retail complex called Apple Farm Village, slated to open October or November 2002.
The shopping complex, similar to Gilman Village in Issaquah and Country Village in Bothell, will hail from property across the street from the Hollywood Hill Schoolhouse and kitty-corner to Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant (formerly Wood'ys Grill and Bar.)
Surrounded by outdoor gardens with a central courtyard, pond and red brick walkways, Apple Farm Village will utilize the historic houses along with new buildings of compatible architecture for specialty stores.
The types of businesses expected to set up shop inside the buildings might include an art gallery, wine tasting room, deli-bakery, candy/ice cream shop, bookstore, boutiques, pottery studio, or hobby and toy store. A bed & breakfast type small inn will also be among the shops sharing the 44,000 square foot retail space.
Tim Schriever, engineer consultant of Alliant Engineering who designed the retail complex, explains the vision behind the project, "It's to make for a fun shopping experience instead of the big box store experience."
Apple Farm, he goes on to say, will be completed in phases with the first phase of 9,000 square feet finished this fall. "We're hoping the entire project will be done next year," he adds. The spruce, cedar and nut trees that have stood on the property since the early 1900s will add to the charming historic ambience. "We plan to do a lot of extensive perennial plantings everywhere," Schriever mentions.
In addition, for places to relax around the courtyard area, tourists and locals alike will enjoy musical performances and arts and crafts exhibits during the summer months.
Will the restored homes retain their original look? Schriever responds, "The 1910 home will, but the other two will look quite a bit different because we're adding a covered porch around them."
The Calkins family, who moved to the Woodinville area in 1877, originally owned the 1910 craftsman style house. The family staked a claim in Woodinville's history when they donated a large parcel of property to the school district Ñ land now occupied by the old red brick Woodinville School building on NE 175th.
Molbak's customers may recall seeing the Calkins' home in the early 90s where it sat vacant and boarded up in the middle of the gardening store's parking area.
Kelson moved the big house to its present location back in 1995 when Molbak's put in a new freshly paved parking lot. In addition, the two 1940 cottages were moved from the property across the street from Molbak's, land that now boasts a Woodinville shopping development on Garden Way.
Visitors to Apple Farm Village will have the opportunity to learn more about the history of the homes and the area from plaques displayed on the complex grounds.
Also, photographs and a historical narrative about the families who lived in the Calkins home will be on permanent display in the Calkins building.