The Quilcene Historical Museum board of directors announces the appointment of Chuck Thrasher and Kathi Boyker as the project leaders for the Hamilton-Worthington mansion’s Phase II, which entails renovation of the third floor.
This phase includes: replacing the existing failing roof with a mansard-style roof, circa 1890, and repairing/replacing exterior siding to support the new third-story structure.
“As we look for volunteers to help with the complex mansion projects, it is almost magical that the absolute best people appear at the right moment," said Mari Phillips, board chair. "Chuck and Kathi leading the effort of Phase II is a perfect combination for the mansion and our board.”
Boyker and Thrasher have a comprehensive background in construction, according to a press release. In the 1980s, Thrasher established Edifice Construction Co. in Seattle, with the support and collaboration of Boyker. Starting with three employees, the company, specializing in high-end commercial and residential work, employed more than 100 people when the couple retired in 2002.
A sampling of their projects include Lakeside School renovations; renovations of Plymouth Congregation and St. Andrews Lutheran churches; Nordstrom’s corporate offices and Nordstrom’s buildings in Lynnwood, Spokane, Colorado, Utah, and Hawaii; Foss Maritime corporate headquarters; Seattle Packaging Corp.; Eve Alvord Children’s Theatre; and numerous private residences in the Pacific Northwest.
Moving to Dabob Bay to live full-time for their retirement years, both have stayed active in community projects. Thrasher volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and serves as project manager for building Habitat homes in Jefferson County. In 2011, he bought and remodeled the Josephine Campbell Building in Quilcene, which now houses a Habitat Furniture and More Store to support Habitat projects.
Boyker continues as an active member of WSU Master Gardeners and serves as board treasurer. In this role, she initiated a grant program for the organization using funds raised from garden tours and community lecture services.
Both are strong supporters of Quilcene volunteer efforts, including “Count Me in for Quilcene” and life members of the Quilcene Historical Museum. They also enjoy making the holiday spirit shine brighter in December with lighting displays at the Josephine Campbell Building. The couple was honored in the 2013 Quilcene parade as Citizens of the Year.
Married for 32 years, Thrasher and Boyker raised five children and enjoy having the children and grandkids visit their Dabob Bay home.
In developing the project’s planning and scope, Thrasher is forming a team of people associated with the Hamilton-Worthington mansion to guide and assist in Phase II of the Worthington Park master plan.
Providing for deadlines, permitting, weather conditions, Thrasher said, “The first coat of paint goes on in August!”
Quilcene museum board members and supporters launched a project in 2011 to buy the 10-acre Worthington family property, a corner of which had previously been allocated to the nonprofit museum association, located at 151 E. Columbia St., Quilcene. The house itself is the closest thing to a Victorian mansion found locally, outside of Port Townsend, although it was never a fancy place; it belonged to a working family, and the land helped provide for eight children.
Phase I raised $300,000 to purchase the Worthington family property, which includes the Linger Longer Outdoor Theater, opened by volunteers in 2012; a barn built in 1915; a pond; and 660 feet of Little Quilcene River frontage.
Phase II calls for $200,000 to restore the special mansard roof on what was built as a three-story home in 1892 and which has been a two-story house since the 1930s.