Modern Queen Anne

Living in Seattle is exciting because we can be both preservationists and modernists. In Queen Anne we have idyllic Revival and Craftsman homes that sit pretty next to the Modern homes. It works well for our city and our future, but all this being said, things can get a little confusing and only time can be the true judge of good design.

Robert Reichert House/Studio

You can imagine in 1954, when the Reichert house/studio was completed, the sheer disorientation the neighbors experienced. Robert Reichert claimed that the design for his home at 2500 3rd Ave West was primitive, natural, and symbolic. It revealed a love for traditionalism and history. He also claimed that his home complimented the scale of the neighborhood and landscape, and that the design intention was to create a religious atmosphere. …Continue reading “Modern Queen Anne”

Anniversaries

A year of anniversaries: helped a friend’s mother celebrate her 100th and will help my sister celebrate her 75th birthday at the end of August. It has been more than 20 years since we first began exploring Mount Pleasant Cemetery, but the ensuing years have given us depth and understanding of many lives whose remains were placed in this cemetery. Some of the founders of Seattle and its neighborhoods, some of the movers and shakers from then until now, and some of the stories of disasters, tragedies and triumphs, all rest within a forty-acre location. …Continue reading “Anniversaries”

Stroll 2: 100 Years from Ross to Fishermen’s Terminal

August 3, 1916: Hiram Chittenden Locks fully opens

The 100th anniversary of the Lake Washington Ship Canal is coming fast, so I’d better finish my stroll along the ship canal trail today. My friend Bill, a fan of safe streets for bicycling and walking, joins me. He hunkered for decades for the completion of the trail under the Ballard Bridge and across the railroad tracks to Fishermen’s Terminal, where we’ll end up.

As we walk toward Ballard, we bear in mind Thursday, August 3, 1916, the date of the unceremonious opening of the smaller lock at the Hiram Chittenden Locks. After that day, everything on the canal was a go. Like the places I walked by last month, I’ll have more research to do everywhere along the way. …Continue reading “Stroll 2: 100 Years from Ross to Fishermen’s Terminal”