Shooting at SPU, Ross and the Streetcar Barn

Mourners, June 6, 2014
Mourners, June 6, 2014

The scourge of campus shootings came to Queen Anne on June 5, 2014 when 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra opened fire in Otto Miller Hall. Ybarra wounded three students one of whom, 19-year-old Paul Lee, died. Ybarra was subdued with pepper spray as he tried to reload his gun by 22-year-old SPU student Jon Meis, who restrained him until the arrival of Seattle Police. Meis was treated at the hospital and later released, along with another victim, Thomas Fowler, 24, who suffered pellet wounds to his chest and neck. The third victim, Sarah Williams, 19, was hospitalized after suffering wounds to her abdomen.

The tragic event at Seattle Pacific University astounded Queen Anne residents, the Christian university maintains a generally quiet and peaceful place in the community’s mind. The school’s low profile hides the fact that it is one of Seattle’s oldest institutions of higher learning. SPU is typical of so many seminaries associated with a church and established for the elementary education of congregation children. In fact, Nils Peterson, a member of the Free Methodist Church with which the university is still associated, donated the land for the school as a place for his children. Today Peterson’s farm which originally tumbled down the northern side of Queen Anne is mostly intact and now known as Mount Pleasant Cemetery. …Continue reading “Shooting at SPU, Ross and the Streetcar Barn”

Children’s Hospital to Queen Anne Manor: Memories of Care become Memory Care

Hold your breath. The people and buildings in this photo tell so many great stories about Queen Anne and Seattle’s future that it practically knocks your socks off. The stories range from the role of wealthy women in creating Seattle’s civic institutions; to the importance of unions in constructing this city; and to the architects who came west to design among other buildings, places for the care of injured, sick and sometimes abandoned children.

Children's Orthopedic Hospital, 1920
Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, 1920

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St Anne Catholic Church – 2nd Ave W & W Lee

St. Anne Catholic Church, undated
St. Anne Catholic Church, undated

The first St. Anne Church, completed in 1908, stood on the corner of Lee Street and 2nd Ave. W. The style was California Mission.

Its stucco walls did not last long in the damp. In 1926, the church was practically rebuilt. Its exterior was replaced with cedar shingles. The interior of the church was also completely redecorated. The large cross and statue of St. Anne and Mary were lit by electric lights, making them prominent Queen Anne landmarks at night.

The current St. Anne Catholic Church, located next door to the original church, was completed in 1963. The old church was torn down in the mid-1960’s. …Continue reading “St Anne Catholic Church – 2nd Ave W & W Lee”