The last citywide survey was completed in 1979. Unlike the current effort, the 1979 survey was a “windshield” survey that identified buildings that appeared to have architectural significance but the surveyors did not have the tools to conduct additional historical research to evaluate the significance of the properties. Beginning with the survey and inventory of City-owned properties in 2000, professional architectural historians and volunteers have surveyed and inventoried more than 5000 properties that are included in the database are now available to the public.
There are two Historic Context Statements about Queen Anne. One covers the period to 1962. The second commissioned by the Queen Anne Historical Society covers the period from 1963 to 2012. It was funded by a generous grant from 4Culture.
Historical Context Statements are called out by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation as the basic tool underpinning individual and historic district landmark nominations either to local registers or the National Register of Historic Places. …Continue reading “Historic Context Statements”→
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.
The Chelsea Apartments on West Olympic Place were built in 1907 to house visiting families. Then called the “Chelsea Hotel”, it’s charms were widely advertised. One ad, running under the “Room and Board” classification a few years after the Exposition said:
Seattle’s Scenic Hotel Facing Kinnear Park. 10 minutes from business center. High-grade family home; large rooms, magnificent view, excellent neighborhood, roof garden, large lobby, private telephone in all rooms. Single rooms and suites with private bath… Take Kinnear car.