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The Burns Cabins Preservation Project

Fall of 2009 a group of students joined to plan the restoration of the Burns Cabins, historical landmarks of Fairhaven College which have fallen into disrepair.


In 1929, June and Farrar Burn built two log cabins on what is now south campus at WWU.


Through the years they have been lived in by students who participated in the Outback Community Garden. These rustic cabins have since fallen into disrepair; logs are rotting, windows are broken out, doors are boarded shut, poorly designed additions have been made, and even a roof has caved in.


The goal of this student lead group is to restore the cabins to their original beauty for Western’s and Bellingham’s community to enjoy. By creating a working partnership between Fairhaven College, WWU’s Maintenance Facility, and the Outback Community Garden’s volunteers, we hope to preserve both the North (Kitchen Cabin) and South (Study Cabin). In addition to the preservation of these cabins, we hope to create a collaborative space in which WWU classes could be taught.


These cabins are the epitome of independence and creativeness through history that abound our region. For more information on the cabin’s history, please read “Living High” by June Burn.

One of the Burns Cabins

Meeting Minutes

December 9, 2009

October 15, 2009