We’re starting up a new feature on Queen Anne View – a monthly look back at our neighborhood’s history, courtesy of the Queen Anne Historical Society. A new (old) photo will be highlighted mid-month, with a write-up from the QAHS. Here’s the inaugural edition featuring Fire Station 8 at 110 Lee St.
Fire Station 8, 110 Lee St
by Michael Herschensohn, President, Queen Anne Historical Society
In many Seattle neighborhoods the architectural charms of fire stations are a source of neighborhood pride. Wallingford and Capitol Hill have saved most of their historic stations. Queen Anne seems to throw its away.
This ca. 1910 building at Lee Street in the photo above is long gone, but its second story shingles, first story clapboard, quaint hose tower, charming balcony, flag pole and lovely curvilinear central gable manifest the city’s concern for blending its early utilitarian buildings into neighborhoods.
The same view in 2008 shows the new tower that replaced our crenelated landmark and the mid-century firehouse whose extended trucks bays completed that year are already being rebuilt.
For more historic images visit the website of the Queen Anne Historical Society.