Bush House in the News

The Bush House has always been popular with the media, and the current renovation is no exception! We've collected links and images to some of the Bush House stories, articles and photos on this page. Did we miss one? Please let us know! We'd be happy to add other articles and photos - just send us a print copy or email us a link. Thanks!

In Disrepair, Bush House in Index is Being Renovated

Businessman hopes to reopen Bush House by summer | Alejandro Dominguez | March 2012


INDEX -- The historic Bush House has lost its grandeur and prestige over the past century. The 9,000-square-foot building has its windows covered and there's a big hole in the first floor. Walls are missing. And it needs a big drainfield.


The good news: it's no longer sinking or rotting, which were the reasons the hotel closed in 2001. "It doesn't look good, but it has not been this structurally strong as it is right now," said Blair Corson, the new owner...

History Hotel: Bush House Inn Makes A Comeback In Index

Chris Hendrickson | January 2013


The last of five hotels that once flourished in Index, the historic Bush House Inn is being brought back to life after a decade of neglect. As you cross the Skykomish coming into town, Bush House draws you in. Sitting majestically at 308 Fifth St., the 9,000 square-foot building is a curious mix of old and new, as the three-story inn is now in the midst of an extensive renovation process. 


Bush House was established in 1898 by Clarence and Ellie Bush. Although the inn has changed ownership numerous times...

Bush House Receives Grant Funds!

The Bush House is Washington Trust Award Recipient | January 2013


December 2013. The Bush House is honored to receive a grant award this month from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. The grant, awarded at the WA Trust annual Holiday Party in Seattle on December 12th, provides $2,000 in funding for the restoration and replacement of several exterior doors for the 1898 hotel.  


This funding follows on the heels of other grant monies and donations that the Bush House has recieved in 2013. The Index Historical Society has provided funding for the Bush House project through it's Historic Preservation Fund - a fund that allows individuals and organizations to make tax-deductible contributions towards historic preservation efforts in the town of Index, Washington. The Bush House project applies for funding from the IHS on a quarterly basis, and grant dollars received from this fund to date have been used to purchase replica windows for the main floor of the building. Make a tax-deductible contribution to the Index Historical Society.

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