170 Prospect St: Brace-Moriarty Residence

Lumberman John Stuart Brace (1861-1918) started his lumber business in Spokane in 1878 and moved to Seattle 10 years later with his family to work with his father in the mill industry. In 1890 he married Katherine Frankland Brace (1861-1924) and they had three girls and two boys.

In 1892 Brace served on the city council and three years later he became Superintendent for Western Mills. By 1899 the Brace & Hergert Mill Company was successfully operating at the intersection of Valley St and Terry Ave in South Lake Union, now a part of Lake Union Park.

In 1904 Brace commissioned a home to be designed by the Kerr and Rogers partnership. The home was built from old growth trees by his lumber company. As President of the Lake Washington Canal Association, Brace met with government officials and committees of business men, and directed the educational campaign in favor of the canal. In 1918 John Stuart Brace died in his home after a 3-month illness.

“A very patriotic, high type of citizen was Mr. Brace. I know of no man with whom I have come in contact within recent years that impressed me as being so broad, unselfish and fair-minded, nor one in whom more confidence could be placed. He was a splendid friend. Not alone for his work… but in many other ways was he a friend of the community. It is doubtful if the full measure of the community’s debt to him will ever be fully known.” Lawrence J. Colman

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Rollin Ankeny House – 101 Prospect St

February, 2003

The original address was ascertained from Seattle Public Utilities side sewer card which listed an installation at 105 Prospect in 1920. The contractor for the installation was W. B. Mullin. The owner was R. V. Ankeny. In 1930, when the side sewer was repaired by contractor M. Patricelli, the owner was still listed as R. Ankeny. …Continue reading “Rollin Ankeny House – 101 Prospect St”

Five Corners Hardware – 305 W McGraw St

Five Corners Hardware, 2015
Five Corners Hardware, June 27, 2015

75 Years & Going Strong!

Five Corners Hardware, Marilyn Monroe, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and your author all share a June 1 ‘birthday.’ The hardware store celebrated a 75th birthday with cake and special sales. Open every day of the week at the five corners of Third West, W. McGraw and W. McGraw Place, it is surely one of few Seattle businesses still operated by the same family. …Continue reading “Five Corners Hardware – 305 W McGraw St”