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 

Let Us Count Them

This started out as a conversation about Queen Anne’s commercial districts and how they are peppered with historic one- and two-story buildings hosting locally owned businesses representative of our neighborhood’s cultural heritage. Probing more deeply’ the conversation morphed as the idea of ‘cultural heritage’ loomed problematic.

West side QA Ave. in 1937 north of Galer. Photo: Puget Sound Regional ArchivesIn 2015, Jan Hadley and Alicia Arter in a series of articles for the Queen Anne Historical Society noted that at some point in the first half of the 20th c. over 50 mom and pop groceries, meat markets, milk and butter shops lined Queen Anne Ave. and knit the neighborhood together. Hadley lamented the loss of those buildings writing, “Eventually, most of the small neighborhood grocery stores disappeared.  Big supermarket chains – the Safeways and Metropolitan Markets – prevailed.  As a result, something of value was lost. The small family-run stores brought neighbors together and built community and friendships. Each was unique, intimate in size, and scale, and staffed by friendly, caring individuals.”  Hadley and Arter didn’t seek to define our cultural heritage, but they may have inadvertently found it hidden in the tradition of small businesses within walking distance of one another serving the shopping and eating needs of the community

Following Hadley and Arter’s lead, I began looking for Queen Anne’s cultural heritage today. I considered the commercial zones from Denny to McGraw on Queen Anne Ave., along Galer Street from Queen Anne to 4th West, along Boston east and west of Queen Anne and even on Nickerson from 4th North to 3rd W. To my surprise, both old and new buildings of different sizes host a great variety of small shops and restaurants and that those small businesses mark the life of this community. …Continue reading “Let Us Count Them”