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Historic Name Change

On April 12, 2021, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution that recognizes ‘Uptown’ as the correct name for the neighborhood many refer to as “Lower Queen Anne.”
District 7 Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis — who resides in a historic Uptown building — sponsored the bill.
Among supporters of the bill:  Uptown Alliance

A front-page article in the Queen Anne & Magnolia News  of April 21, 2021 cites Queen Anne Historical Society President Michael Herschensohn, noting
Herschensohn said he didn’t used to buy into the insistence by Uptown Alliance founders that the neighborhood should be called Uptown, rather than Lower Queen Anne.  In retrospect, however, he believes it just makes sense.  First, the name Uptown was used in the names of various businesses and buildings for quite some time.  The Uptown Theatre, now the SIFF Cinema Uptown, was built in 1926, and played an integral part of the community’s history, Herschensohn said. 

Plus, Herschensohn said the name Uptown has been used in many cities as an opposite of downtown, which was the case in Seattle. ‘It makes sense to call it Uptown.'”

Alexander Hamilton Apartments

The Alexander Hamilton Apartments building (1127, 1131 Olympic Way W), among a series of historic apartments along Olympic  — Villa Franca  at 1108 9th Ave W, The Kinnear at 899 W Olympic Place — on west Queen Anne, shows design elements of its 1930 origins.  Architect William Whitely designed the building for a productive owner, Victor Sandberg.
Whitely designed several other multi-family dwellings developed by Frederick Anhalt, including the Villa Franca.  His projects also include Anderson’s Bakery (now Macrina Bakery) on Queen Anne, constructed in 1926.

Lomita Vista

Post by Rosalie Daggett & Marga Rose Hancock
Lomita Vista, a Spanish stucco apartment building at 1208 10th Avenue West built in 1907, overlooks Kinnear Park and Elliott Bay.  Noted architect Harlan Thomas (1870-1953) designed the building — originally known as Rosita Villa Apartments — with 19 units and surrounding green space.  The building served as a home for workers at the railroad station located down the hill on Elliott Avenue at the current site of the grain terminal, with a funicular that brought them to and from work.  (Other funiculars delivered bricks for construction of Queen Anne properties.)Lomita Vista Rosita Villa


Lomita Vista 2020


West entryway

The vista from Lomita Vista

Harlan Thomas had a significant role in the design and building of structures on Queen Anne.  He developed homes for Queen Anne citizens including T. T. Barton (717 W Blaine), Frank Bayley (1235 8th W), Roy Kinnear (325 W. Prospect), Daniel B. Trefethen (1211 8th W, demolished 2018), and for his own family, the Harlan Thomas Villa (1401 8th W), pictured below / tour on Vimeo).  Thomas also designed the Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist, the Chelsea Apartments, and the Seattle Public Library Queen Anne Branch.