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Queen Anne Historical Society hosts a free talk on Queen Anne apartments this Thursday

November 18th, 2014 by Laura

Narada Apartments

Narada Apartments,
photo courtesy of Queen Anne Historical Society

Walking around Queen Anne you can spot all shapes and sizes of apartment buildings – big, small, brick, or wood – some prominently featured along main arterials, others tucked into quiet spots in the neighborhood. If you’ve ever been intrigued by these various apartment buildings, this Thursday’s event is the Queen Anne Historical Society meeting for you.

QAHS is hosting a free talk at 7pm this Thursday, November 20th, entitled “Apartment Buildings and their Changing Impacts on Neighborhood Character” by Mimi Sheridan. According to QAHS, Sheridan’s master’s thesis is the “go-to source of information about the apartment buildings on Queen Anne’s south slope” – and she’s considered one of the most well-regarded preservation historians in Seattle. Plus, the event is free and light refreshments will be served.

QA Masonic Lodge

The meeting venue is also of note – it’ll be held at the historic Queen Anne Masonic Lodge #242 at 1608 4th Ave W.

One of the first buildings on Queen Anne, the structure dates back to c. 1905. It hasn’t always been a Masonic Lodge. As a former telephone exchange, the site hosted telephone operators who helped connect Queen Anne residents via the new-fangled technology of the day.

Clubhouse Interior

The Clubhouse Interior
Photo courtesy of The Clubhouse

The Masonic Lodge has undergone a rebranding as it opened its doors for events. “The Clubhouse on Queen Anne” can be rented for events, even providing catering and alcohol service for your events. The photos on its web site showcase a rich-but-cozy interior that you wouldn’t guess existed from the pale blue exterior.

Learn more about the apartments that contribute to Queen Anne’s character this Thursday and step back in time, all are welcome!

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Two Seattle Center buildings approved for historic landmark status

October 21st, 2014 by Laura

International Fountain MOHAI

International Fountain Pavilion, photo courtesy of MOHAI

The Seattle City Council has approved the historic designation of the Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms and International Fountain Pavilion. Both buildings were designed by architect Paul Thiry for the 1962 World’s Fair.

These two newest Seattle Center landmark buildings join others such as the Space Needle, the Seattle Center House (aka the Armory), and the Monorail. A complete overview of the Seattle Center campus and the buildings that are either landmarks or pending landmark status is available as a pdf.

Northwest Rooms Ken Prichard

Northwest Rooms, photo courtesy of Ken Prichard

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of over 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels.

You can learn more about landmark designation and also search the full list of city landmarks online.

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Fionia Apartments nominated for Seattle Landmark status

August 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Fionia EntranceBuilt in 1922 at 109 John Street, between 1st Ave N and Warren Ave N, the Fionia Apartments has been nominated for Seattle Landmark status. The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board put together the nomination for the property owners, which details the building’s history and recommendation for Landmark Status.

Fionia ArchiveThe Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the nomination at a meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

The meeting will be held at 3:30pm in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060. The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments.

If you can’t attend the meeting, but would like to voice your opinion, you can submit written comments to the Landmarks Preservation Board. Send comments to the following address by 3pm on September 16, 2014:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, Dept. of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle WA 98124-4649

According to the SLBP:

“Designated landmarks are those properties that have been recognized by the City as important resources to the community, city, state or nation. The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board is responsible for determining what properties meet the standards for landmark designation. Designated landmark properties in Seattle include individual buildings and structures, vessels, landscapes and parks, and objects such as street clocks and sculptures.”

Fionia currentYou can read more about the four-step Landmark status process online.

Stay tuned to see if Fiona Apartments joins other Queen Anne Seattle Landmark properties such as Seattle Pacific University’s Alexander Hall, the Ballard-Howe House on Highland Drive, Hay School (now housing Queen Anne Elementary), Kinnear Park, N Queen Anne Drive Bridge, the Pacific Science Center, Parsons Garden, Queen Anne Boulevard, Queen Anne High School, Queen Anne Library, the Monorail, the Space Needle, and West Queen Anne Elementary School.

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Join the QAHS for a tour of modern architecture on Queen Anne

May 25th, 2014 by Laura

If you’re a fan of modern architecture and want to see striking examples on a guided tour, mark your calendars for Saturday, June 14th. The Queen Anne Historical Society is hosting a “Modern Queen Anne” tour that highlights Canlis and the Swedish Club, along with five recently completed new residential homes.

QAHS Modern TourThere are two versions of the tour available – one by car, one by bike. Pick your poison and join the QAHS to learn more about the mid-century architectural style embodied by Canlis and the Swedish Club, and hear from the architects of the five contemporary homes. Note – the tour is of the exteriors only, no interior access.

The bike tour begins at 1:30pm at the Swedish Club (1920 Dexter Ave N), the car tour begins at 2pm at Canlis (2576 Aurora Ave N). Refreshments (coffee and princess cake) will be provides at the Swedish Club for tour attendees.

Tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets – $15 for QAHS members, $20 for non-members.

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Queen Anne Historical Society meeting on Thursday highlights Queen Anne Christian Church

March 24th, 2014 by Laura

QA Christian ChurchThis season’s Queen Anne Historical Society (QAHS) meetings have focused on local Queen Anne churches, and the tour de church is wrapping up this Thursday, March 27th, 7pm, at the Queen Anne Christian Church.

Build in 1911, the church is located at 1316 3rd Ave W at the corner of Lee and 3rd Ave W. The QAHS meeting begins at 7pm with a tour of the church by Pastor Laurie Rudel, highlighting the history of the church, its original structure and renovations, and its role in the Queen Anne community.

In addition to original 1911 architecture, the church includes a sanctuary from the 1950s that was remodeled in 2000 with an ear to acoustics – the sanctuary is a popular venue for concerts today.

All are welcome to attend the meeting and tour to learn more about Queen Anne history!

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Windstorm knocks down tree next to Ballard Mansion on Highland Drive

January 12th, 2014 by Laura

The winds today were not kind to a tree along the side of the Ballard Mansion (aka Ballard House) at 22 W Highland Dr. A reader sent us the video that was sent to KING 5 (thanks, Mark!) – you can see the tree come down to the left of the house:

Ballard House video

The Ballard House was spared from tree damage. Built in 1901 as the home of Martin D. Ballard, founder of the Seattle Hardware Company, the home now houses six apartments.

According to the KING 5 article, the house was undamaged as the tree landed in between the house and a garage. Here’s a picture of where it landed from a reader via Facebook (thanks, Rhia!):

Ballard House side view

This downed tree may help explain an earlier power outage near Highland and Queen Anne Ave N, which has since been resolved, per Seattle City Light.

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Queen Anne library turns 100 in January – help mark a century with your own scrapbook entry

December 16th, 2013 by Laura

QALibraryOur Queen Anne library branch one of the coolest spots on Queen Anne – ok, I’m partial to libraries, but you have to admit, our branch is beautiful!

What makes our library so special, other than that it’s ours? Well, for starters, it’s one of six Carnegie libraries in Seattle. From the brickwork to the windows to the multi-colored roof, I think everyone can admit it’s pretty unique and a special spot on Queen Anne.

Library Plaque

Plaque with 1913 construction date

Andrew Carnegie gave Seattle $200,000 to build a new fireproof library after the original Yesler Mansion burned in 1901. In 1910, he went on to donate $105,000 for the West Seattle, Green Lake, and University District branches. Another gift of $70,000 resulted in our Queen Anne branch in 1914 and the Columbia branch in 1915.

The Queen Anne branch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a landmark building by Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board. In addition to its architectural significance, the Queen Anne branch is also a key part of our neighborhood’s history, and it’s celebrating a big birthday – 100 years – in January.

QA Library kids

SPL Collection: Queen Anne Library branch
ca. late 1950s-early 1960s
Submitted by Mrs. Floyd W. Mason, Jr. Queen Anne Manor

It looks pretty good for a centenarian (thanks in part to a 2007 renovation), and is well loved by patrons both young and old.

Although, it did cause quite a stir for one Queen Anne resident 100 years ago – one parent sent the following letter to Miss Helen Watson, the branch’s first children’s librarian:

“Dear Madam: Will you please stop John and Mary from getting any more books as we can’t get anything out of them at all – they won’t go to bed at night and won’t get up in the morning and won’t do anything but read when they do get up.”

To celebrate the special anniversary, the Seattle Public Library is planning a free celebration at the Queen Anne branch on Sunday, January 12th from 2pm to 4pm. Activities include:

  • Goodwill’s Vintage Fashion Collection exhibit of vintage clothing and an interactive hat show – step back in time and try on one or more of 50 vintage hats!
  • Historical information provided by Queen Anne Historical Society
  • Music and refreshments
  • A commemorative bookmark
  • Children’s craft activity making whirligigs
QA Library Scrapbook paper

Queen Anne library scrapbook paper
Pick up yours today!

And, you can be a part of the preparations via an anniversary scrapbook that the library is putting together. Just stop by the library and share written stories now about your favorite Queen Anne branch experiences on specially designed scrapbook paper.

The paper is available now at the branch, so be sure to take part in the storytelling today.  Your story may be featured in another 100 years, just as the “stop John and Mary from getting any more books” story was shared today!

The anniversary scrapbook will be on display during the celebration, so make plans now to share your stories to mark the happy occasion. If you can’t make it to the library, you can also email your story to carnegiememories@spl.org and it’ll be included in the scrapbook. Submissions will be taken up to January 12th.

And, mark your calendars to join in the celebration on January 12th, and Happy (early) Birthday, Queen Anne library!

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Queen Anne Historical Society showcases Bethany Presbyterian on Thursday

November 19th, 2013 by Laura

As part of its ongoing series of presentations on historic Queen Anne churches, the Queen Anne Historical Society is holding its community meeting this Thursday at Bethany Presbyterian Church. The meeting begins at 7pm and all are welcome to join and learn about the “best kept historic preservation secrets” of the church at 1818 Queen Anne Ave. N.

BethanyAccording to the QAHS, the sanctuary has been taken apart and built again to meet today’s high seismic standards. Steve Stroming of RAFN, the project contractor, will explain the church’s retrofitting and preservation success story.

Church staff-member Sylvia Lidell will provide an overview of congregation history since the church’s founding 125 years ago this month. (Happy Anniversary, Bethany Presbyterian!)

The meeting is free and open to all members of the community, and light refreshments will be provided.

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Queen Anne Historical Society meeting highlights the history and architecture of St Anne’s

September 23rd, 2013 by Laura

This Thursday, September 26, the Queen Anne Historical Society (QAHS) kicks off its new program year with a public meeting at St Anne’s Catholic Church. This season, the QAHS is examining the architecture of churches on Queen Anne, and to do so, the free meetings will be held at the featured churches.

St Anne Church 1910

St Anne’s, c. 1910
Photo courtesy of QAHS

“The History and Architecture of St Anne’s Catholic Church”, includes a visit to the sanctuary, and talks by Parish Coordinator Ron Ryan and architect Stephen Lee. Ryan will review the church’s history and Lee will discuss the architecture of the current church, built in 1963 and renovated in 2008.

A discussion will follow, and coffee and snacks will be served. The meeting begins at 7pm at St Anne’s – the church entrances are at W Lee St on the 2nd Ave West end of the building and on the 1st Ave West end, directly across the street from the school stairs (directions here). All are welcome to attend to learn more about our neighborhood’s architectural history!

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Queen Anne Boulevard tree – trimmed or mangled?

July 31st, 2013 by Laura

BigelowTreeIf you were out walking, running, or biking Queen Anne Boulevard this morning, you may have heard the ruckus around Bigelow Ave N and Lynn St, where a work crew were trimming one of the historic Boulevard trees – and trimming is using a loose definition of the word.

There were chainsaws and wood-chippers attacking one of our historic Boulevard trees, with no care to the history or shape of the tree.

BoulevardTree

Queen Anne Boulevard Tree -
trimmed or mangled?

Now, these trees do run along power lines, so proper trimming is necessary. However, the poor tree that was subjected to trimming this morning got more than a simple haircut.

Instead of using precise cuts to protect the 80+ year old tree, the crew hacked away at it with chainsaws, cutting out a large right-angle chunk from the tree’s canopy. Honestly, it looks awful and is a terrible loss to our historic street – which is also a City of Seattle park.

We’ve notified the City of Seattle arborists, and while the damage cannot be undone, let’s hope it can be prevented in the future. If you see work crews trimming (or, let’s be honest, hacking away at) historic trees, contact the City of Seattle arborist at 206.684.TREE (8733).

And, let’s hope this doesn’t happen again.

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Walking tour of Queen Anne this Sunday will benefit the Queen Anne Historical Society

July 5th, 2013 by Laura

A series of walking tours highlighting our neighborhood’s real estate and architectural history continues this Sunday, July 7th, with a 10am start at Kerry Park. These tours, entitled “Real Estate Speculation and Innovation”, are held every first Sunday through September with a minimum $20 donation per person, with proceeds benefitting local organizations.

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Kerry Park will be the starting point for Sunday’s walk

Sunday’s tour will focus on the historical development of Queen Anne and the residential architecture of homes on the hill. It’ll also include information on the evolution of real estate ventures from the late 1800s to present day.

The organizers of these walks are asking for a minimum donation of $20 per person, with the tax-deductible proceeds from Sunday’s walk benefitting the Queen Anne Historical Society

The tour will be just under 2 miles, taking about 1.5 hours to complete. Limited spots are available for each walk, so if you’re interested in the history of real estate and architecture on Queen Anne, be sure to RSVP via email or call 206.271.1267.

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Tour Mt Pleasant Cemetery this Saturday with the Queen Anne Historical Society

June 19th, 2013 by Laura

Have you ever walked, run, biked, or drove by Mt Pleasant Cemetery and wondered what lies within the cemetery walls? (well, maybe not as much as back when the laurels towered over the road, really obscuring the view) The answer is 40 acres with a rich history dating back to 1895, and you can learn more in a free walking tour of the cemetery this Saturday, June 22nd.

Mt Pleasant CemeteryIn addition to being one of the oldest cemeteries in Puget Sound, Mt Pleasant also boasts “one of the largest varieties of mature trees of any cemetery on the West coast”.

Plus, a roster of historical names that you can discover with the Queen Anne Historical Society this Saturday at the 21st Annual Mt Pleasant Cemetery Tour. Among the notable names, many were early Queen Anne founders and residents: pioneer Asa Mercer (yes, that Mercer); pioneers William and Sarah Bell, members of the Denny Party who arrived in Seattle in 1852; Nils Peterson, first homesteader of the Queen Anne area; and Rev. Daniel Bagley, the pioneer who gave Queen Anne its name.

Mt Pleasant mapLearn more about these early Queen Anne settlers, the 1906 S.S. Valencia Disaster, the 1916 Everett Massacre, and more in the 2 hour tour led by Kim Turner, the Queen Anne Historical Society’s Research Lead and historian of Mt Pleasant Cemetery.

The tour begins at 10am at the south entrance, west of the office. Dress for the weather (it’s supposed to be nice, again!), wear sturdy shoes, and learn what history can be found on top of Queen Anne.

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