Here we are in the fantasy world of December, with hearts of Hanukkah and Christmas in the mix. Joy should abound, and many such feeling can be felt in the air on top of Queen Anne Hill, which reminds this muser of the great sense of Ebenezer Shorrock, banker from England whose foresight allowed the construction of Queen Anne High School on TOP of Queen Anne Hill, rather than near the old Denny School, about where the old Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Grosvenor House stood. …Continue reading “Fantasy World of December”
As the rains reappear in our skies, leaving pools, puddles and damp concrete, I remember all the great storms from my past here in Seattle. At only one time during my 50+ years of residence on Queen Anne Hill did our power fail. It all depended on which substation covered your residence. We had the one down on Sixth Avenue North near Denny Way. Another time the power failed on Thanksgiving, but it was during a storm on the north side of the Hill, not our side.
Those two lapses of power remind me that we were unusually lucky in the respect that the fierce storms of the 1940s-1960s were mostly rumbling of thunder and rarely lightning. The occasions when lightning appeared were few and far apart. …Continue reading “Storms”
Huzzah! Landmarks Preservation Committee
by Michael Herschensohn
The hard work of our society’s Landmarks Preservation Committee is exceptional among the historical organizations of Seattle. Only Historic Seattle with two paid preservation advocates comes even close to defending the historic fabric of our city the way your committee does. Not only does it prepare landmark nominations such as the one completed last year for the Power Control Center at 157 Roy Street, it attends every meeting of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Board where a Queen Anne landmark is considered and actively takes appropriate positions on the nomination, designation or alteration of our historic structures (such as the Bleitz Funeral Home above)…
(the rest of the article may be found in the May Cobblestone–below)