Canal Centennial

making-the-cut-FINALWater first filled the Ballard Locks on February 2, 1916. The federal government and the Army Corps of Engineers celebrated the completion of the Lake Washington Ship Canal with a grand parade of boards led by the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt on July 4, 1917. The Queen Anne Historical Society is marking the canal’s centennial in cooperation with 4Culture and many of the historical organizations along the canal, on Lake Union and Lake Washington. We’ll post interesting photos here as they become available.


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Harry W Treat House – 1 W Highland Dr

Treat House, 1907
Treat House, 1907

Designed by Charles Bebb and Louis Mendel, the Treat House is one of Seattle’s largest and has both architectural and historic significance.  The original owner, Harry Whitney Treat, came to Seattle around 1903 arriving, it is rumored, as the richest man in town.  He was heavily involved in local business activities and real estate.  His developments in North Seattle include Loyal Heights (named for his daughter), Sunset Hill, and much of Blue Ridge.  Treat built this 64-room house as his in-city retreat, at the tremendous 1905 cost of $101,000. …Continue reading “Harry W Treat House – 1 W Highland Dr”

Stimson-Griffiths House – 405 W Highland Drive

Stimson-Griffith House, 1905
Stimson-Griffiths House, 1905

Frederick Spencer Stimson was the manager of the Stimson Mill in Ballard, and with his brother C.D. Stimson prospered in the lumber business.  Fred bought this property on West Highland Drive with a dramatic view of the harbor, and began planning an equally substantial house for his family.  He liked the English style, as did his neighbors Albert S. Kerry, Harry W. Treat and Charles H. Black.  All these men went shopping for an architect and chose Charles Bebb, who designed this three-story house with stucco and half-timbered upper floors rising above a fortress-like stone ground floor punctuated by shingled bays on the south side.  The cross-gabled roof with overhanging eaves terminate in decorative truss verge-boards.  Notice the second floor sleeping balcony in the old photo, which was popular and considered healthy at the time.  Besides the impressive oak entrance foyer and drawing room, there are a ballroom, billiard room and a sunroom. …Continue reading “Stimson-Griffiths House – 405 W Highland Drive”