Ankeny/Gowey House

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).

… & a reference to the property currently occupied by the Ankeny/Gowey House, from Queen Anne — Community on the Hill, prepared by a team led by Kay Reinartz and published by the Queen Anne Historical Society in 1993:

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.”

The house received Seattle Landmark designation in 2008.
Reference:  Historic Seattle, Ankeny/Gowey House

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 

170 Prospect St: Brace-Moriarty Residence

Lumberman John Stuart Brace (1861-1918) started his lumber business in Spokane in 1878 and moved to Seattle 10 years later with his family to work with his father in the mill industry. In 1890 he married Katherine Frankland Brace (1861-1924) and they had three girls and two boys.

In 1892 Brace served on the city council and three years later he became Superintendent for Western Mills. By 1899 the Brace & Hergert Mill Company was successfully operating at the intersection of Valley St and Terry Ave in South Lake Union, now a part of Lake Union Park.

In 1904 Brace commissioned a home to be designed by the Kerr and Rogers partnership. The home was built from old growth trees by his lumber company. As President of the Lake Washington Canal Association, Brace met with government officials and committees of business men, and directed the educational campaign in favor of the canal. In 1918 John Stuart Brace died in his home after a 3-month illness.

“A very patriotic, high type of citizen was Mr. Brace. I know of no man with whom I have come in contact within recent years that impressed me as being so broad, unselfish and fair-minded, nor one in whom more confidence could be placed. He was a splendid friend. Not alone for his work… but in many other ways was he a friend of the community. It is doubtful if the full measure of the community’s debt to him will ever be fully known.” Lawrence J. Colman

…Continue reading “170 Prospect St: Brace-Moriarty Residence”

Hiram M. Chittenden: A critical look at the man who built the Ballard Locks

Montlake Cut Opening Day, July 4, 1917 (courtesy of MOHAI)

July 4, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and the Ballard Locks.

Feliks Banel, an intrepid marketeer of local history, produced a program that aired today June 28 on KIRO radio about Hiram M. Chittenden, the engineer who designed the entire system from Renton to Salmon Bay and re-plumbed King County waterways. Banel raises interesting points about local history and how we go about interpreting it, especially when we discover unsavory aspects.



The Fremont Bridge in 1936. It turns 100 on July 4.

Here’s the link to the broadcast:

Centennial reveals complicated legacy of Ballard locks’ namesake