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August 7, 2016

*This is a spin-off story that explores, in greater depth, the life of John Quinlan who plays a supporting role in my story titled 1827 Broadway Part II: A Story of Iron and Blood.


Johnny "Second Chance" Quinlan, as I like to call him, because of all the chances he gave and received, was born in Port Townsend, Washington on December 1, 1893 or 94. He was orphaned early on and adopted by his step-father Jeremiah Quinlan, but it isn't clear exactly when or where.  One source suggests Jeremiah, or Jerry as most called him, may have adopted John in Skagway, where Jerry had been living since about 1898 and had been the White Pass and Yuk...

August 6, 2016

*I call this a prequel because it precedes the main story arc of 1827 Broadway Part II: A Story of Iron and Blood set in Seattle. However, this story's position therein makes it more of an interlude since it covers the time between Martin Cordes' arrival in the U.S. and his arrival in Seattle.  


Martin arrived in New York City on September 23, 1879 via the steamship Westphalia. The temperature range that day was between a comfortable 51 to 71 degrees, though it would likely have been a bit cooler on the water coming in. The sight would have been much different from how we know/imagine it today. Immigrants would not have seen the Statue...

August 6, 2016

*This is part two in a series about what once stood where the Broadway & Denny light rail entrance now stands. This is the main story from which you can navigate to a bonus prequel about the House of Cordes and their 30 year journey from Germany to Seattle and a spin-off story about the House of Quinlan. 

In September 1862, Prussia’s newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Otto Von Bismarck, made his most famous speech to the Prussian assembly.  Seeking approval for military reform, he said “not through speeches and majority decisions will the great questions of the day be decided… but by iron and blood.” 

A rather ironic thing to say...

July 4, 2016

The saying “a house divided against itself cannot stand” rings true for many especially after the day Lincoln popularized it in his 1858 Illinois state senate nomination speech. At that time and especially since the end of the Civil War, the iconic phrase often, if not always, comes packaged with the assumption that the house in question is necessarily better off united rather than divided. However, this isn't always so. Case in point were two Seattle grocers, the brothers Peter and Nicholas Kootros of Sparta, Greece whose dramatic falling out with other family members and eventually with each other, lead them each to greater success.

March 13, 2016

**The fifth and final(?) installment in my series "Before There Was Light Rail" in which I take a look at some of the buildings that were torn down in 2009 to make way for the light rail station opening on March 19, 2016.  I may return to this series at a later date as there are several more buildings that have yet to be explored at a much deserved greater depth.  Stay tuned for that. 

Here we have the Saint Albans Apartments in its original splendor of the Old English style. It was last known as the Eileen Court.  Note well in the foreground of the image just how narrow john street was at this time.  My initial search of various sou...

March 7, 2016

*The fourth installment in my series "Before There Was Light Rail" in which I take a look at some of the buildings that were torn down in 2009 to make way for the light rail station opening on March 19, 2016. Disclaimer: I spent the better part of the past 14 hours rushing to get this one done. In due time I'll come back to fill in the missing details. And if you spot errors don't hesitate to mention them!

Anyone who frequented this stretch of Broadway at the turn of the century might recognize this storefront as the former home of Godfather's Pizza with Espresso Vivace (901 E John st) and Revolution Books (1833 Nagle pl) occupying the rear si...

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Historical Society


July 3, 2020

Considerable progress is made in effort to document Mid-Century Modern apartment buildings



Primary objectives:

1. To start identifying, researching, and photographically document the most notable Mid-Century Modern multi-family residential buildings constructed on Capitol Hill between c1945 and the late 1970s.

2. To increase awareness and representation of this historically significant and yet consistently underrepresented period of construction on Capitol Hill within the field of historic preservation and mong the general public.

Rationale for our temporal boundaries:

While Mid-Century Modern architecture has its roots in the 1930s, we chose circa 1945 to the late 1970s because the style didn't really start taking root on Capitol Hill until after World War II with buildings like the Red Lion Apartments at 328 Bellevue Avenue E (built 1948) and appears to have continued as late as 1978 with Brutalist buildings the Melrose East Condominiums at 150 Melrose Avenue E.


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.


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.


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,


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.