Queen Anne Park: The Story of a Neighborhood

Queen Anne Park Streets
Queen Anne Park Streets

Queen Anne Park is a relatively unknown neighborhood located above Seattle Pacific University at the northwest end of Queen Anne Hill. Queen Anne Park’s curving streets, fantastic views and generally modest-sized 1920’s homes tell an exciting story of real estate development as the Roaring Twenties drew to a close and just before the Great Depression. While not a park in the usual sense of the word, it is park-like in its beauty with winding streets and numerous charming Tudor, Spanish and Colonial revival homes. For years, it has been enshrouded by an aura of mystery and rumor. The Queen Anne Park Addition to the City of Seattle dates to 1926, and is bordered by West Bertona, West Barrett, Seventh Avenue West, and Eleventh Avenue West. Only homes located inside the boundary formed by those streets are considered to be in Queen Anne Park. …Continue reading “Queen Anne Park: The Story of a Neighborhood”

Villa Costella – 348 W Olympic Place

Villa Costella 1938
Villa Costella 1938

The Spanish Revival-style Villa Costella (formerly the Spanish Court Apartments) was built in 1929 on the view site formerly occupied by John Ritchie Kinnear’s mansion. The long, white building with tropical landscaping and red tile roofs is distinctively different from surrounding structures. The 20 apartments, averaging 1,000 square feet, have tile floors, electric fireplaces, beamed ceilings and French doors to view decks. Villa Costella was built by John Beardsley, a local developer who specialized in Mediterranean styles. Fred Anhalt may have participated in the project as well.

Villa Costella is another example of the Queen Anne Historical Society’s efforts to preserve local history. The Landmarks Board and the City Council designated this marvelous apartment house a City of Seattle Landmark largely through the efforts of the society’s Landmark Preservation Committee. …Continue reading “Villa Costella – 348 W Olympic Place”