Interurban Shelter – Westlake Ave N & Dexter Ave N

“Really Waiting for the Interurban”

Rarely does an odd piece of street furniture capture our imaginations, but the 1979 cast aluminum streetcar shelter sculpture on the north bank of the Lake Washington Ship Canal known as “Waiting for the Interurban” is an exception to the rule. Everyone in Seattle knows it and the six people waiting with their dog for a train that never ran there, but almost no one pays attention to the authentic shelter on the south bank of the ship canal that may have served as its model. The Queen Anne Historical Society recently nicknamed the historic shelter “Really Waiting for the Interurban” and is excited that SDOT, the city’s department of transportation has decided to take on its restoration and preservation. The project’s announcement encouraged QAHS to figure out why the pragmatic little cover was curiously two-sided.

Fremont Bridge, 1935
Fremont Bridge, 1935

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