Oct 19, 201108:36 AMBlog
Skansie buildings receive historic designation
The department said the structures "are historically significant as a direct link to the Gig Harbor's fishing industry, and for its connection to the city's Croatian heritage of many of its earliest settlers."
Peter Skansie immigrated to Gig Harbor from Croatia in 1886. He established a homestead and then convinced his family to join him, specifically his brothers Mitchell, Joseph and Andrew. Andrew was born in 1876, was a stone mason in Croatia, and arrived in Tacoma in 1907. He built the Skansie home in 1908, then the net shed in 1910. Wife Bertha joined Andrew in Gig Harbor in 1909. Together, the Skansie brothers developed a shipyard.
The Skansie family owned and maintained their original property from the late 1880s to its purchase by the City of Gig Harbor in 2002. The city is in the process of developing the net shed and surrounding property as a historic attraction, Skansie Brothers Park.