Keewaydin ~ History & Preservation



The Keewaydin Clubhouse was built in 1922 and has since been used as a community gathering place for residents of Mercer Island and surrounding communities. Veterans of VFW Post 5760 purchased the property in 1966 and use the proceeds from rentals of the clubhouse to fund its veterans’ relief programs and upkeep needs of this historic national landmark.

The clubhouse has played host to a wide variety of events through the years ranging from weddings to birthday parties, remembrance ceremonies to class reunions. Even small businesses have used the clubhouse for a wide range of off-site planning meetings and unique training forums.

Operation Restoration 2011
Dedicated to Huston “Hu” Riley, 1921-2011


A fundraising auction attended by over 250 persons, was held on October 22, 2011 at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center raised over 110,000 to restore Mercer Island’s VFW Clubhouse. The building, constructed in 1922 and listed on the National and Washington State Historic Registers, received a new roof, new gutters, new cedar siding covering the entire building, new insulation, original window restoration, and painting the exterior of the building with a designer palette of colors. The refurbished Clubhouse has resulted in more building rentals whose increased revenues help the Post support Veteran’s relief causes.



French Croix de Guerre

"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." - Dwight Eisenhower