August 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
As I’ve noted in the blog before, I cover Queen Anne by foot (with dog in tow). It’s a lot of ground to cover, so I divvy it up into sections to make it more manageable. If you don’t live in Queen Anne Park, you may not know about it unless you’ve traversed the hill to check out the northwest corner of our neighborhood…
Queen Anne Park has wide streets that make looping curves instead of a grid, with large lots, and homes that date to the 1920s. While Queen Anne Park homes are from the same decade, there’s variation – Tudors, Spanish-style homes, and Colonial homes sit along winding streets (no grid!).
Quite a few Queen Anne Park residents take advantage of the larger lots, with lush landscaping and gardens. If you’re a gardener or fan of gardens, take note: this walking tour includes a few gardens as well.
This Saturday, you can discover Queen Anne Park and learn more about its history from the Queen Anne Historical Society. QAHS will tour the neighborhood, as well as the aforementioned select gardens, before concluding with refreshments. Plus, the tour leader is Queen Anne Park resident, Florence Helliesen, so you can get the insider scoop.
According to Helliesen:
“There is a rich history in Queen Anne Park that I’m excited to share with our community. It’s a beautiful and unique part of the hill that often goes unnoticed. Our walking tour will tell an exciting story of real estate development as the roaring ‘20s drew to a close before the Great Depression.”
The curving street structure I noted above is not coincidence – the winding roads are designed to fit into the topography of the northwest slope, and many homes have views of the mountains – either the Cascades or the Olympics (some with both), Elliott Bay, and/or the Ship Canal.
The tour will cover three streets in Queen Anne Park - W. Etruria St., 10th Ave W, and Conkling St:
Tickets for the tour are $15 for QAHS members, $25 for non-QAHS members. You can purchase tickets online via Brown Paper Tickets. The tour begins at 10am on Saturday, August 29th, starting at the dead-end of W Etruria St (where 7th Ave W would be, it’s a SPU parking lot). If you drive to the tour, park at SPU’s Ashton Hall, entering at 5th Ave W and W Dravus St. Look for a gate that leads to W Etruria St and the tour starting point.
Learn more about some of Queen Anne’s hidden – or maybe not so hidden – treasures via the Queen Anne Historical Society, and join Saturday’s walking tour!
Tags: QAHS, Queen Anne Historical Society, Queen Anne Park, walking tour
August 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Every summer the Queen Anne Historical Society hosts a free tour of Mt Pleasant Cemetery. Today, we got late notice that the tour is tomorrow, Saturday, August 22nd, at 10am. Guided by long-time QAHS member Kim Turner, this year’s tour focuses on gravesites of people affiliated with the former Queen Anne High School – faculty, students, and people involved in the inception and creation of the building, which now houses condos.
You can check out the cemetery map, courtesy of the QAHS, below:
The tour is free and will begin at 10am. It’s estimated to run until noon.
Mt Pleasant cemetery is privately owned and operated – signs posted at the entrance state that dogs are not allowed. The QAHS tour is free and open to all (except dogs, per Mt Pleasant rules).
Tags: cemetery tour, Mt Pleasant, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, QAHS, Queen Anne High School
June 11th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Interested in modern architecture on Queen Anne? If so, this is the event for you. The Queen Anne Historical Society is hosting a Modern Tour on Saturday June 20th from noon-3pm. You can admire local Queen Anne buildings and residential buildings from the outside, and learn about each stop on the tour from architects and QAHS members.
The Modern Tour includes two municipal projects, two live work buildings, and two private residences. The architects who designed the more recent projects will discuss their program goals and how their work fits into Modernism.
The tour starts at the Queen Anne Pool (1920 1st Ave W) and ends with a reception at Tin Lizzie in the MarQueen hotel with free appetizers.
You can purchase tickets to the tour online – tickets are $20 for QAHS member, $25 for non-members. Here are the stops on the tour, along with the presenters who’ll give you the scoop on each structure:
All are welcome to attend and learn about the modern side of Queen Anne. For more information or to become a Queen Anne Historical Society member, visit the QAHS website.
Tags: architecture, Modern Tour, QAHS, Queen Anne Historical Society
March 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
The Queen Anne Historical Society continues its series of free presentations and lectures on historic Queen Anne apartment buildings this Thursday, March 26th. If you have an interest in the history of our neighborhood or how apartments helped shape it, be sure to mark your calendar for this week’s talk.
The meeting will be held at St. Anne Catholic Church (1411 1st Ave W) at 7pm and features Kim Myran, one of the co-authors of the QAHS book, “Queen Anne: Community on the Hill” – a must-read for Queen Anne residents and history buffs alike.
Myran will delve into the “Apartments and Development on the Hill” chapter that focuses on multifamily housing development from 1890 to 1940 – specifically speaking to the building changes, additions, and disappearances since the book’s 1993 publication date.
The book has a variety of essays and chapters on various elements of Queen Anne history. You can order a copy online from the QAHS web site. Highly recommended reading!
Join the QAHS on Thursday, March 26th at 7pm to learn more about the buildings that help shape the character of Queen Anne, both today and through the years. Parking is available in the church lot at W Galer & 1st Ave W or in the St. Anne School’s lot at 101 W. Lee St.
Tags: free event, History, QAHS, Queen Anne Historical Society
February 5th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Thanks to its ongoing efforts to preserve the heritage of Queen Anne, the Queen Anne Historical Society has been awarded a grant from 4Culture, King County’s cultural services agency.
After a highly competitive process through 4Culture’s Heritage Sustained Support program, QAHS was named a recipient of an award of $2,000 per year for both this year and next.
The Heritage Sustained Support program recognizes organizations with a two-year history of interpreting heritage and providing programs and experiences to King County residents. QAHS meets these requirements with ease; it’s been active since 1971, has documented our neighborhood’s history in a community archive, and hosted free events including historical presentations and the annual Mt Pleasant Cemetery tour.
According to QAHS President, Michael Herschensohn:
“We are so proud to be recognized in this way by 4Culture. Funding from 4Culture will allow us to carry on important work to preserve Queen Anne’s heritage, while providing an opportunity to extend our footprint in the community.”
4Culture praised QAHS’ work in promoting diverse creative activities, community identity, and history for King County residents and visitors. QAHS President Michael Herschensohn commented on both the role of QAHS and the significance of a supporting organization like 4Culture:
“The Queen Anne Historical Society is uniquely positioned to influence the preservation of the historic character of our neighborhoods. This award acknowledges our successes and provides resources to continue the good work. 4Culture’s grant programs sustain many arts and heritage organizations. King County is lucky to have such a forward looking funding source.”
The Queen Anne Historical Society is an independent non-profit organization and is open to all with an interest in the history of Queen Anne. You can check out membership information and learn more about our neighborhood’s history via QAHS articles and upcoming events.
Tags: QAHS, Queen Anne Historical Society
January 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Do you live in one of Queen Anne’s historic apartment buildings or just admire them from the exterior? Or, are you interested in the history of women developers on Queen Anne. If yes to one or more of these questions, mark your calendars.
The Queen Anne Historical Society (QAHS) continues its exploration of Queen Anne apartment buildings with a free talk this Thursday, January 22nd. Bringing in an expert in the field, QAHS hosts Diana James, historian and author of “Shared Walls: Seattle Apartment Buildings, 1900-1939”.
James will focus her talk, Women Developers in Seattle, on women apartment developers who made their mark on our neighborhood between 1900 and 1930.
The free event will be held at the Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 3rd Ave W, and begins at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served after the talk.
All are welcome to attend the talk and learn more about the history of Queen Anne, and the role that women developers played in the evolution of apartment dwelling in our neighborhood.
Tags: apartment buildings, free event, QAHS, Queen Anne Historical Society
November 18th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
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.
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.
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!
Tags: apartments, QAHS, Queen Anne Historical Society
May 25th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
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.
There 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.
Tags: architecture, QAHS, Queen Anne Historical Society, tour
March 24th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
This 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!
Tags: History, QAHS, Queen Anne Historical Society
November 19th, 2013 by Laura Fonda
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.
According 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.
Tags: QAHS, Queen Anne history
September 23rd, 2013 by Laura Fonda
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’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!
Tags: architecture, History, QAHS, St. Anne's
June 19th, 2013 by Laura Fonda
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.
In 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.
Learn 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.
Tags: free, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, QAHS