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March 1, 2016

*The third installment in my series "Before There Was Light Rail" coming to you a little late on account of being out of town yet again this past weekend.  As with the others that came before, this is a brief look at one of the buildings that was torn down in 2009 to make way for the light rail station opening on March 19, 2016.

If my memory serves me correctly, this was one of the last two homes to remain standing along Broadway into the 21st century.  However, the casual passerby might never have noticed it because for most of its life a brick and mortar commercial building (128 Broadway Ave E) stood between it and Broadway.  This home was b...

February 24, 2016

*After spending the first half of last week sick and the second half on vacation, here I am yet again flying on the seat of my pants and a little behind schedule with a second installment in my impromptu series "Before There Was Light Rail" in which I am attempting each week to put a brief spotlight on some of the buildings that were torn down in the spring of 2009 to make way for the light rail station opening March 19th this year. If you haven't read part one yet, click here. Otherwise, scroll down and enjoy!

Alright, so first off, yes, what an awful photo. Not only was it shot from a highly skewed angle, but one can imagine the county emplo...

February 14, 2016

*A slight departure from my usual material.  This is the first in a series of profiles on some of the buildings that were torn down in the spring of 2009 to make way for the new light rail station.

Pictured here is the corner of Broadway and John as busy as ever back in 1953. A boy speeds by on his bike looking like he's about the hit the woman with her back turned. A traditionally dressed gentleman looks directly at the camera as a Seattle City Light employee takes a picture. The building on the right is 132 Broadway E and if you were to walk into its door today you'd be walking right into the light rail station set to open on March 19th. The...

January 11, 2016

In the Tower of Babel, a biblical tale which describes a time when humanity spoke one language, a group of builders gathered to build a city and, more importantly, a tower — one that would reach high into heaven, make them world famous, and serve as a beacon for their people who were dispersed across the Earth. However, God realized this would make them too powerful so he caused them to speak different languages, resulting in confusion and ultimately their separation. As a devout Lutheran, Stephen Berg would have been familiar with the myth and in some ways he experienced it himself. As a member of large Norwegian-speaking community in Seattl...

November 26, 2015

Once again as a brief intermission between my feature articles, I thought I'd take a look around and see what was happening on Capitol Hill during Thanksgiving 1915 and here's what I found.

Most of you will recognize the above pictured building as the home of The Egyptian Theater at the corner of Harvard and Pine since the mid 1980s. However, as of Thanksgiving day 1915, it was still under construction and would initially serve as a temple, auditorium, and offices for the Free Masons.

On Thanksgiving Day, 1915, the masons organized a parade from their old temple on 1st Ave to their new location where the Washington State Grand Master Robert Seb...

October 26, 2015

On May 29, 1889 the graduating class of MIT in Boston gathered in Huntington Hall to hear the commencement speech of the renowned reverend Phillips Brooks. Towering over them at 6'3” and 300 pounds he thundered “the water of the river is at first distinct and separate from the sea, but with time… is embodied into one vast whole; and so… will your course in life pass away until nothing but the knowledge that something of new good and of new strength has been added to the world will remain.” A straightforward metaphor for life, death, and the contributions one leaves behind, but who was to say one couldn't take their existing course, cast it in...

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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.