Preserving Casey History

Preserving Casey History

Preserving historic buildings is an ongoing process, requiring constant care. No one understands that better than Darrell Jacobsen, site manager at Camp Casey Conference Center. 

Over the past 12 years, he and multiskilled tradesman Michael Sandahl and Michael Taylor have overseen extensive exterior renovations of our many historic buildings, including refurbishing windows, replacing roofs, re-siding and fresh paint. Updates to the Colonel’s House, Auditorium A, several mess halls, and nearly the entire line of barracks, are now complete. Recently, public restrooms were built, offering more convenience for visitors.

Seattle Pacific University (SPU) acquired the Casey property from the U.S. Army in 1956. Many of the buildings were constructed in the early 1940s. Some date back to the early 1900s, when the adjacent Fort Casey was originally constructed prior to World War I. Maintenance of coastal historic properties is especially challenging. 

“Because of our close proximity to the water, we are hit with gulf spray and high winds, sometimes making it a very harsh environment for old structures to sustain,” said Jacobsen. “In some ways, it’s amazing these building have survived. It’s a real testament to the investment made by SPU leaders and their continued commitment to preserve this property.”

Why does it matter?

“We are protecting an important legacy, not only of buildings, but of memories and traditions impacting generations,” said Robyn Myers, conference services manager. “We see guests who were here as children, now returning to experience Camp Casey with their own children.  There are few locations like this left in the country. It’s an honor to serve as stewards of such an extraordinary place.”

Camp Casey Conference Center is the perfect location for an inspiring group getaway to Whidbey Island, Washington. Ideal for sports camps, church groups, outdoor education camps, summer camps and other nonprofit endeavors, Camp Casey provides overnight accommodations and food service for groups large and small. Explore our group lodging packages and start planning your next group retreat today!