Coastie Head Lookout - Cabin
The Coastie Head Lookout Cabin is believed to have been constructed in 1942 as part of the U.S.
Coast Guard Northwest Sea Frontier Coastal Lookout System, though there is no reference in Coast
Guard records of any structure at this site. Some references even suggest the building was in
existence prior to the war, but then used for a lookout cabin.
It is often confused with the known Starbuck Lookout cabin that was located a mile north of
Coastie Head. The Starbuck lookout was destroyed when the promontory on which it was built
Figure No. 1: Coastie Head Lookout
The cabin is a simple rectangle measuring about 8'x 10' with a 4' porch off its west elevation.
It is 1-story, built of wood-frame construction, and set on a post and pier foundation. The gable
roof is sheathed with a combination of
wood shakes and roofing paper over boards. A shed roof porch is also covered with roofing paper over
boards and is supported by milled 2 x 4s. The main elevation has an off-center wooden door made of
horizontal boards with bracing and a window opening. There are two window openings (no sash) with
simple wood trim. Other windows appear to have been closed off with the addition of boards, at
least on the rear elevation.
As late as 2002, volunteers have made basic repairs to the cabin. There is no recent assessment of
the condition, but given location fundamental stabilization measures will be required on a periodic
basis to preserve a sound envelope and frame.
Note: Coastie Head Lookout collapsed in 2007.