In honor of Gary Gaffner: Men in Little Boxes

[1472] Queen Anne Ave at Roy St, looking north, 1940-01-21.
One of these days, I may get over my unrelenting interest (ok, my obsession) with the Counterbalance.  It certainly seems weird treating the system as magical. After all, it was nothing more than a waist-high block of cement that ran through a three or four-foot tunnel on a tiny miniature railroad to boost streetcars up Queen Anne Avenue or to slow them down on the descent. It seems I am not alone in my obsession, for just about everyone living in our neighborhood loves learning about these mysterious streetcars and those men who lived their days in little boxes, one at the hill-top and one at the bottom. …Continue reading “In honor of Gary Gaffner: Men in Little Boxes”

Grand Opening of The Opera Center

Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall has a new building next door. The grand opening for the new Opera Center was held on December 15, 2018. It will add needed space for more intimate performances, rehearsals, community events and offices.

The northern facade of the Opera Center at Mercer & 4th N.

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Fantasy World of December

Here we are in the fantasy world of December, with hearts of Hanukkah and Christmas in the mix. Joy should abound, and many such feeling can be felt in the air on top of Queen Anne Hill, which reminds this muser of the great sense of Ebenezer Shorrock, banker from England whose foresight allowed the construction of Queen Anne High School on TOP of Queen Anne Hill, rather than near the old Denny School, about where the old Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Grosvenor House stood. …Continue reading “Fantasy World of December”