Alice Rooney, Arts Advocate

Long-time Queen Anne resident Alice Rooney (1926-2019) made major contributions to Seattle-area arts and culture, as administrator of Allied Arts of Seattle and of Pilchuck Glass School.

A graduate of Ballard High School (1943) and the University of Washington, Alice began her career in New York City, where she spent three years working for Mutual Broadcasting as a writer of radio commercials and newsletters.  She returned to Seattle to take a job with Wallace V. MacKay Advertising Co., located in Seattle’s Globe Building, and in 1950 began part-time employment as Executive Secretary with the American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter — a MacKay client.  At AIA, she worked with activist architects including Fred Bassetti, Ibsen Nelsen, and Victor Steinbrueck. …Continue reading “Alice Rooney, Arts Advocate”

Susan Corzatte, Actress

 

Susan Corzatte

On March 21, 1931 in Buffalo, New York, Lillian and Herbert Heinrich welcomed their daughter Susan into the world.  The family spent Susan’s early years in East Aurora, a small village in western New York.  Her mother performed occasionally on stage, and Susan took an early interest in the theater.

Susan began her collegiate education at the University of Rochester, but left when the school cancelled the production of “Pygmalion” with her playing Eliza Doolittle, because school rules did not allow a freshman to perform a lead role.   She then transferred to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  When she graduated, she followed a professor’s advice and joined the apprentice program of the Cleveland Playhouse in Cleveland, Ohio.  She identified herself in her performances as Susan Ludlow.

At Cleveland Playhouse in 1955 she met Clayton Corzatte (3/1927–4/2013), as they both appeared in “The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker.”  Susan and Clayton – AKA “Clay” — married in 1957, and soon moved to New York City.
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Queen Anne Historical Society Awards Ceremony

You’re invited to enjoy fabulous views at the Swedish Club while we honor six people and projects that have preserved our neighborhood heritage and values.

Honorees include preservationist Gary Gaffner (posthumously), Seattle Pacific University Alexander HallVilla FrancaPicture Perfect Queen AnneThe Pratt House(218 W. Kinnear), and Nielsen’s Pastries.

Light hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic refreshments, wine & beer

Tickets ($20.00 per person) at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4206569 

Denice Johnson Hunt (1948-1997)

Born in Kingston, Jamaica to a mother of Chinese descent and a father of African descent, Denice Johnson completed architectural studies at Tufts and MIT in 1976.  She married John Hunt, also an architect, in 1978; and they relocated to Seattle.  They resided, with son Collin and daughter Julian, at 1104 8th Avenue West in Seattle’s West Queen Anne neighborhood.

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