Our Sweet Queen Anne Cottages

“At First Avenue West and West Garfield Street, these Craftsman bungalows are of minor significance individually.  As a group, they provide a rhythm and consistency of scale.” Steinbrueck and Nyberg

No one understood better than Victor Steinbrueck and his colleague Folke Nyberg how much Seattle or Queen Anne’s historic working-class housing defined the city. The six identical working-class Craftsman bungalows they referred to in their 1975 poster still stand on West Garfield Street between the alley and First Ave. W. Four of them face north on Garfield; one sits on First Avenue W. while the sixth one backs up to it from the alley. As Steinbrueck and Nyberg suggest, the historic value of buildings often lies more in the urban patterns they create than in their individual distinctiveness.

The pattern Steinbrueck and Folke captured.

In 1975, Victor Steinbrueck embarked on a project with Folke Nyberg and Historic Seattle to identify and publish a series of ten posters inventorying Seattle’s outstanding historic buildings. Queen Anne was lucky to get one of them. In fact, the Queen Anne Historical Society and its volunteers, some of whom are still active today (6/2018), worked on the project. Completing their survey in the early days of the American historic preservation movement, Steinbrueck and Nyberg were hell bent on recognizing that along with the high style buildings often favored by the movement, the vernacular ones were those that really defined a neighborhood’s historic character. The poster authors understood profoundly how a sense of place can give meaning to a community like ours. As Historic Seattle notes on its website, “Each inventory includes photographs and brief descriptions of common building types, significant buildings, and urban design elements.” …Continue reading “Our Sweet Queen Anne Cottages”

Society Seeking a Treasurer


The Queen Anne Historical Society seeks a volunteer Treasurer who sits on our board of directors and is responsible for tracking income and expenses, paying bills and providing quarterly financial reports.  The Treasurer should be familiar with QuickBooks Online and the principles of not-for-profit accounting. Elected for a one-year term, the Treasurer attends the monthly board meeting (second Wednesday of the month, 6 to 7:30) and spends approximately two hours per month bookkeeping.  An interest in local history and historic preservation will make the Treasurer’s role more engaging. The society does not require a CPA.   Reply to info@qahistory.org.  

George and Irene Matzen House nominated!

The 1909 George and Irene Matzen House located at 320 W. Kinnear Place has been nominated to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. You can read all about the property in this great article by Jan Hadley. The Governor’s Advisory Council will deliberate the nomination on June 27, 2019 starting at 12:30 at the Centro de la Raza. The Matzen House is a glorious Prairie Style design by the architectural firm of Willatsen and Byrne. After the Queen Anne Community Club at Queen Anne Avenue and Garfield Street, the Post Office building at First North and Republican and the Seattle Coliseum (formerly the Key Arena), the property becomes the fourth Queen Anne building to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is time!

The Queen Anne Historical Society will attend the Advisory Council meeting to support the nomination.

Over the Fence: Seattle Coliseum June 16

Seattle Coliseum Father’s Day looking west
Another view from the west

Seattle Coliseum Father’s Day The big pier looking westOnly one gap in the shroud enveloping the Seattle Coliseum provides a view of the work. Taken on Father’s Day to the rata-tat of a demolition hammer, this view looking west shows just about everything but the Coliseum’s structural outline gone. It is exactly as expected. We share this view to keep you up to date and to remind the city and the Oak View Group that the Queen Anne Historical Society is watching.