Could the Century Building at 10 Harrison be Queen Anne’s next city landmark? The Queen Anne Historical Society believes it has both architectural and historical significance. Designed by Arne Bystrom and James Greco, the building is one of several distinctive lower Queen Anne mid-century modern buildings. With the Power Control Center at 157 Roy Street and perhaps all the surviving buildings of the 1962 Century 21 World’s Fair, the Century Building documents the resistance of Pacific Northwest architects after World War II to the International Style and to the ahistorical purism its forms represent. The Seafirst Building opposite the public library on 4th Avenue by the Seattle architectural firm NBBJ, is a good local example of the minimalist International Style.

Century Building southern elevation. Note freestanding elevator tower and garage.


Hidden by trees, the Century Building shows the influence of the World’s Fair designers and underscores the strong spirit of Pacific Northwest regionalism. Like 157 Roy St. and the Post Office building at Republican and First North, the Century Building gives up a significant portion of its site to parking. This …Continue reading “IS THIS ANOTHER MID-CENTURY LANDMARK?”

Remembering Queen Anne’s Neighborhood Grocery Stores:
Dick’s Drive-In Predecessor – the Motor-In Market

Where Dick’s Drive-In now stands, the Motor-In Market opened Oct. 17, 1930 at 500 Queen Anne Ave. N. The innovative market was the first of its kind in the neighborhood.

Its eye-catching tower lit up at night to ensure people could find the location. The pioneering L-shaped building had parking for 100 automobiles, with a Shell gasoline filling station onsite. Attendants parked cars for motorists, according to an advertisement in The Seattle Times. While shopping, customers could have their groceries delivered to their cars, and a special numbering system ensured that the right packages were delivered to the correct cars.

(Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Regional Archives, circa 1937)
(Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Regional Archives, circa 1937)

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Dick’s Drive-In Predecessor – the Motor-In Market”

Remembering Queen Anne’s Neighborhood Grocery Stores:
S&M Market

2201 Queen Anne Avenue North

1933 – 1989:  56 years at Queen Anne location

S & M ca. 1985 (source unknown)
S&M Market ca. 1985 (source unknown)

At the top of Queen Anne Hill, on the corner of Queen Anne Avenue North and West Boston Street, stood a small, independent grocery beloved by many on the Hill. The owner of the store was Morris Mezistrano, a self-made man and extraordinary entrepreneur.

Morris’ story is an inspiring one.  He overcame the hardships of his youth to lead a remarkable life.  He was born in Gallipoli, Turkey in 1909.  His father was a well-to-do businessman who owned an import-export business and a successful store.  But his family lost everything when trapped in the chaos of the First World War.  His father was killed, his father’s store was bombed, and their business and all their material possessions were destroyed.  Earlier, his sister had moved to Seattle to enter into an arranged marriage. When Morris was nine years old, his mother and her four sons, including Morris, escaped Turkey and made their way to Seattle, sponsored by Morris’ sister. …Continue reading “Remembering Queen Anne’s Neighborhood Grocery Stores:
S&M Market”