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MILLIONAIRE'S ROW HEADED FOR NATIONAL REGISTER
November 1, 2019
Row residents Bryce Seidl and DJ Kurlander tell all in candid interview
On the evening of October 25th, I had the privilege of entering my 4th of the 24 homes on Capitol Hill's historic Millionaire's Row: the private development built in the early 1900s by real estate executive James Moore for himself and a number of his friends and business associates. The house was the foursquare/colonial revival David Whitcomb house built in 1907 at 633 14th Avenue E. David Whitcomb was a real estate executive whose company built many of the city's largest office buildings and his father, G Henry Whitcomb, played an instrumental role in James Moore's Capitol Hill development.
CONOVER DESIGNATION FAILS ON 3-3 SPLIT VOTE
June 20, 2019
Jewish Family Services packs board meeting
Following last month's confidence inspiring 6-1 vote in favor of nomination, there didn't seem to be much concern for Conover House's chances of success going into the meeting yesterday. However, things changed rather quickly when at least 20 people were seen gathered outside the boardroom in animated conversation. Scattered among them were a few representatives of Jewish Family Services who were present at the last meeting. Meaning they had called in their cavalry. This did not bode well.
CONOVER HOUSE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LANDMARK DESIGNATION
June 19, 2019
Additional findings to be presented
At long last our efforts towards preserving this value historic landmark are finally coming to a head. For those of you who missed the nomination meeting (pictured above) the vote was strongly in favor of nomination (6 to 1). However, some concerns were raised during the meeting. One, whether the house is associated with Charles Conover in a significant way. Two, whether it retains enough of its original form to convey its significance. Three, whether it physically stands out in the area. Our answer to all three of these concerns is a resounding yes. Scroll through to learn why in our final statement to the board and to see some additional supporting material,
HISTORICAL SOCIETY DOINGS FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2019
June 19, 2019
Conover house moves forward, Thousands raised, historic places celebrated
Thanks to the combined advocacy efforts of our board in partnership with Historic Seattle, local architect Marvin Anderson, and the former owner Joan Zegree, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted 6-1 to nominate Conover House for landmark status on May 15. Jewish Family Services, the current owner, planned to demolish the building to make way for an apartment development. Marvin Anderson, says the house, built in 1893, is a “highly refined” example of the Colonial Revival style The house still features original woodwork, herringbone ceilings, fireplaces and other original indoor and some outdoor features. If you would like to learn more about the house, review the nomination report prepared by the owner's consultants and our own supplemental material.
722 BROADWAY E, ONCE A HOME TO MUSIC, TO BE DEMOLISHED
June 19, 2019
The life of musician Jane S. Judah recounted
Earlier this spring we heard the sad news that this beautiful historic home from 1906 would soon be demolished. Even worse, that its proposed replacement looks like a slipshod and menacing guard tower straight out of Rust, a multiplayer online survival game. Future plans aside though, our friend Vanishing Seattle covered the home's most recent history as a Bed and Breakfast so I figured I'd take some time to explore its origins. Preserving and sharing its story is the least we can do when lacking the resources to physically preserve it.