“Queen Anne is fighting the battle of whether graceful old homes shall be replaced with high-rises. What high-rises really mean is high density living. Economics will force high-rises. It is a matter of when.” –John S. Murray, State Representative and Queen Anne News publisher, quoted in Seattle Daily Times (Woodward 1968)
The architect of the Victoria Apartments, John Graham, Sr., was noted for his “appropriate and sensitive use of historic and modern architectural styles and his eye for proportion and nuance of ornament.”
The building cost $600,000 when it was built in 1921 in a Tudor Revival style, in red brick with terra cotta ornament. It occupies an entire block at the crest of the hill with panoramic views of the city and Elliott Bay. The U-shaped building surrounds a vast terraced lawn (recently re-designed), which allows residents to not only enjoy the water view but to have garden views from virtually every window and a greater sense of privacy from the street. It also provides an important amenity to the neighborhood, providing open space, light and attractive plantings. …Continue reading “Victoria Apartments – 100-120 West Highland Dr”→
Known as the “Wedding Cake House”, the William Shoudy House once stood at the southeast corner of Queen Anne Avenue and Thomas Streets. Built for the Shoudy family ca. 1885, William Shoudy was soon to become mayor of Seattle in a close election the following year. Shoudy came west with Thomas Mercer, Aaron Mercer, Dexter Horton, and the Bagley’s in a wagon train over the Oregon Trail. Horton invited him to partner in a Seattle business which brought him north from Oregon. By 1945, the house had been torn down. Today an apartment building occupies the site.
The Chelsea Apartments on West Olympic Place were built in 1907 to house visiting families. Then called the “Chelsea Hotel”, it’s charms were widely advertised. One ad, running under the “Room and Board” classification a few years after the Exposition said:
Seattle’s Scenic Hotel Facing Kinnear Park. 10 minutes from business center. High-grade family home; large rooms, magnificent view, excellent neighborhood, roof garden, large lobby, private telephone in all rooms. Single rooms and suites with private bath… Take Kinnear car.