Urbanization of Queen Anne Avenue (part 2)

Looking northeast towards McGraw St.
2232 Queen Anne Ave N

Sazón D’La Baja is now open in the space formerly occupied by Five Hooks  Fish Grill on the southeast corner of McGraw Street.  Their tenure is temporary.  The building has been sold and is slated to become 16 apartments in a five-story building with a basement and a street-level restaurant.  Construction is set to begin in late 2021.  As the project is less than 15,000 square feet, it falls under Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection’s Streamlined Design Review.

It is beginning to look like we are set to lose all the houses on the east side of Queen Anne Avenue between Boston and McGraw.  The surprise is that the houses, all of which have been converted to business uses, have survived this long.

Thanks to Paige Pauli for sharing these 1952 and 1937 archival photos of the house before and after its asbestos siding, boxed-in front porch and relocated front door!

2232 Queen Anne Ave. N. in 1952 before commercial additions.
So many changes since 1937

Virtual Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Tour with Kim Turner

Join Kim Turner as he virtually escorts you across the lawns of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, visiting the gravesites of famous and not-so-famous people in our neighborhood history.
Start the tour whenever you like.  You can follow Kim’s tour on Facebook or on YouTube.

Anna Herr Clise’s gravesite is featured.

After you’ve gone on the tour, send any questions you may have to info@qahistory.org
Have a great time!

Big House Moved!

In the 19th c., before power lines, streetcar lines and other modern obstacles, people frequently moved houses.  On the East Coast, winter was the favored season for moves because the heavy loads could move easily across frozen roads and fields.

Moved house on cribbing. Photos look to the south.

Now, a Queen Anne family just completed moving a house on the hill.  When Nils Dickmann  heard that the house next door to his was to be demolished, he swung into action, offering to buy the house and move it onto his lot.  Fortunately, it was a short move.  Good luck also prevailed when it came to zoning, for the lot was already zoned ‘multifamily.’  Nils also recruited the Queen Anne Historical Society, Historic Seattle, and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation to press the developers to delay demolition and the start of construction until the house got moved.  They generously met the request.

Foreground: The lot where the big house once stood.

Two houses now sit on Nils’s lot.  The one on the alley sits high on cribbing.  It will be lowered onto its new foundation and pose graciously over a new garage whose foundation is yet to be poured.  It was constructed in 1907, or so the confusing side sewer records indicate.  Nils’s house on the front of the lot dates from 1927.

Rotated to face the alley with cribbing under the porch.

This is as close as a moved house gets to in-situ preservation.   A great piece of Queen Anne history is now preserved forever at 3232 14th Avenue West!