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!

The MarQueen

In 1908, five years after selling the first Model A, Ford Motor Company rolled out the Model T (known as the “Tin Lizzie“) at its Detroit facility, and the company took off as a national entity.
In 1918, the Seattle Engineering School opened, to retrain blacksmiths to work at the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant at the south end of Lake Union (now Seattle Self Storage, 1155 Valley St.).  Noted architect John Graham Sr. designed the Plant.


The School’s facility, located on Queen Anne Avenue between Roy and Mercer Streets, operated as both a training establishment and an auto repair shop.  Originally known as the Kuay Garage (pronounced “Q-A”), it ranked as “the largest single garage in the city” in early promotions.  For more than 50 years, the garage and its “doctors of motors” serviced cars at the School facility.

In 1950, new owners renamed the building and it became the Marqueen Garage.  In 1976 the Marqueen Garage moved up Queen Anne Hill to its current location at 1956 Queen Anne Ave. N.

Queen Anne — Community on the Hill (1993) notes the building as “the Marqueen Apartments.”  Since October 1998, it has operated as the MarQueen Hotel, with libations available at the Tin Lizzie Lounge.