Designed by Charles Bebb and Louis Mendel, is one of Seattle’s largest and has both architectural and historic significance. The original owner, Harry Whitney Treat, came to Seattle around 1903 arriving, it is rumored, as the richest man in town. He was heavily involved in local business activities and real estate. His developments in North Seattle include Loyal Heights (named for his daughter), Sunset Hill and much of Blue Ridge. Treat built this 64-room house as his in-city retreat, at the tremendous 1905 cost of $101,000. …Continue reading “Harry W Treat House – 1 W Highland Dr”
In 1889, the log cabin was built by carpenter Ed L. Lindsley for use by David L. Denny as his real estate office. For the construction of the log cabin, trees from the top of Queen Anne were cut, peeled and hauled down to the site. It was located on the southwest corner of Queen Anne Avenue and Republican Street. …Continue reading “Denny Log Cabin – Queen Anne Ave & Republican St”
You’d think reconstructing the history of Queen Anne Boulevard would be simple. Oh, if only it were so! It is after all a city landmark whose 1979 nomination required significant scholarship even in those early days of the city’s landmark ordinance. Even in the brief time since this article was first published new information about the northern triangle requires correcting it. The revision is not based on written evidence. A single photograph in the National Parks Service’s Olmsted files (also on-line at Seattle Municipal Archives) proves the triangle existed at 24 years before we originally gave for its date of construction.
One of the first problems with the route’s history is that folks attribute it to the work that John Charles Olmsted (John Charles) did in 1903 for his report to the Parks Board. In fact, Seattle Parks historian Donald Sherwood wrote in 1973, it “was not part of the new “Olmsted Plan” (underlining and quotation marks are Sherwood’s). According to the city’s Landmark Designation of the boulevard, John Charles omitted Queen Anne’s marvelous crown and vistas in spite of the Queen Anne Club’s discussion of a possible boulevard as early as 1902. Only by pounding on desks, attending Park Board meetings and lots of polite pushing and shoving, did some of the club’s politically powerful people (read men) convince the board to build the boulevard. While it is not an Olmsted Boulevard, it would be simply contrarian to say that our narrow boulevard – John Charles required 150’ wide swaths for his — is not in the Olmsted spirit. Oddly, of all the boulevards in Seattle designed by John Charles or not, ours is the only designated city landmark. Makes one want to scream, “Go Figure!” …Continue reading “Inside the Queen Anne Boulevard Triangles”