Built in 1891 at 912 2nd Ave W in Seattle for its original owners Rollin Ankeny Jr. and Eleanor Ankeny, the Ankeny/Gowey house offers an example of the Shingle stye variant of the Queen Anne Style.
The Ankeny family subsequently resided at 101 Prospect St.
The Gowey family resided in the 912 2nd Ave W house beginning in 1933.
In 1980 they approached Historic Seattle, which purchased the house and later sold it to a private party — with covenants included in the sale of the house (Historic Seattle holds a preservation easement on the exterior).
“The Powwow Tree
On the south slope of Queen Anne Hill a cedar tree began to grow about the time of Marco Polo’s first journey to China. Throughout the Crusades, the Black Death, and the discovery of North America, the tree continued to grow. Surviving the occasional forest fire that swept the region, the cedar became a true giant of the forest. It took ten men, standing with arms outstretched, to encircle it. Its noble head towered above all of its younger neighbors.
Native tribes recognized the significance of this ancient tree and revered it as sacred. They established the tradition of holding inter-tribal chiefs’ councils beneath its graceful branches. Here disputes between the nearby Shilshole community on Salmon Bay and others were deliberated and problems of mutual concern were resolved. Native tribes called it the Powwow Tree.
Early explorers entering the Puget Sound named the tree, which could be seen for miles from the water, the Landmark Cedar and used it as a navigation point, as did all ships entering Elliott Bay for nearly two centuries. It also became known to sailors as the Lookout Tree.
In 1891 the ancient landmark cedar was felled by Rudolf Ankeny to make way for a house being built for his daughter. This action was not taken without the Duwamish vigorously protesting the cutting of the sacred tree. Some members of the white community also supported the tribe’s point of view. Before Ankeny destroyed the tree, the natives held a ceremony at the site and tribal tradition records that a curse was placed where the tree once stood. Located at 912 Second Avenue West, the Ankeny House is an example of late Queen Anne style architecture and a registered Historic Landmark.”