Tool Library Moves to Meadowbrook!

Coming this April 2018, the historical building ‘LaVilla Dairy’ in Meadowbrook will be a shared home to both a Construction Company (CB Construction) and the community-based NE Seattle Tool Library. The Library will move from their location near Dahl Playfield and the Picardo P-Patch. The Tool Library sited at the Quaker Church will be getting a much bigger space and better access for patrons.  The idea is to support those without means to afford tools and to also get us in the habit of sustaining what we all have and give a second life to tools to those who donate.

Historically, the site was part of the Fischer/Blindheim Homestead with much of the Thornton Creek tributary also on the site and bequeathed to the City of Seattle/Parks.  The CB Construction Company is seen here as a ‘great neighbor’ as the high-priced rent/land has forced the Tool Library move. Many other sites looked at were either too expensive or inadequate for their community needs.

As the change has happened in a ‘hyper economic’ environment, Sustainable NE Seattle (founding host Community Nonprofit) will be aggressive in its effort to meet the monthly bills. Raising the yearly fee is one such step to be considered. Check it out: Meadowbrook Moovers in this cozy corner of Lake City. (Thank you Wedgwood in Seattle History)

The LaVilla Dairy (credit: Wedgwood in Seattle History)

Ole Blindheim and his cousin Ole Lowell (shown here with his son Herbie Lowell) used this wagon for their dairy business circa 1916.  Photo used by permission.


The LaVilla Dairy building is at 10228 Fischer Place NE, just east of Lake City Way NE.  In the 1920s local farmer August Fischer was phasing out of the dairy business but his forward-looking son-in-law, Ole Blindheim, envisioned a pasteurization plant and delivery of milk by motor vehicles instead of horse-drawn wagons.  Ole Blindheim had chosen the name LaVilla while in business with his cousin Ole Lowell, with the name LaVilla Dairy marked on their wagon as pictured here in about 1916.  This preceded the building shown below, which Ole Blindheim also named LaVilla.

The historical building, ‘Lavilla Dairy’ will be home to the NE Seattle Tool Library
The property abuts the Thornton Creek Natural Area which is Open Space donated by the families who originally homesteaded so many years ago,
This the Tool Library entry view is of the backside ‘Lavilla Dairy’ building
The main door (inside) to welcome library users
Large industrial skylights highlight both Library and Construction Company
This space is next to the main ‘backside’ entry to Tool Library. The storefront (facing street) will house a local construction company