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QAHS Thursday – Guest Speaker on the History of Queen Anne Boulevard & Other Queen Anne Parks

November 26th, 2012 by Laura

Queen Anne Boulevard, 1928

Do you walk, run, or bike on Queen Anne Boulevard, aka The Crown of Queen Anne? Want to learn more about it and other Queen Anne parks that were designed or inspired by landscape architect John Charles Olmsted?

Well, the next Queen Anne Historical Society meeting features guest speaker Jennifer Ott, Staff Historian at HistoryLink.org and President of Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks. At the QAHS meeting, Jennifer will discuss Olmsted and his impact on Seattle Parks, including Queen Anne Boulevard.

If you frequent the Crown, you’ll likely have noticed the brown street signs that mark the historic Queen Anne Boulevard as it wraps around the top of the hill. Not only is the Boulevard a Seattle historic landmark, it’s also a Seattle city park.

Originally, the Seattle Parks Board opposed the boulevard – it wasn’t part of the Olmsted Plan for Seattle’s boulevard and parkway system because it followed existing city streets and didn’t meet the Olmsted Plan’s minimum width. The Parks Board eventually agreed to the plan, and the community helped pick up some of the costs.

You can read more about the history of Queen Anne Boulevard at the QAHS site, and at HistoryLink.org – and, for even more insight and answers, attend the Thursday talk.

Key Details:

  • What: QAHS Guest Lecture – “John Charles Olmsted, His Impact on Seattle and Queen Anne Parks”
  • When: Thursday, November 29, 7pm
  • Where: Seattle Church of Christ, 2555 8th Ave. W

Tags: History