Posted Nov. 8, 2016: The Garfield Exchange, which was designated a city landmark earlier this year, has been sold by the Seattle Public Library for over $3,000,000. Located in a residential neighborhood opposite the Queen Anne Public Library, the building has phenomenal potential.
Posted March 13, 2016: In these times when nearly everyone has constant wireless connection to the world by a smartphone, it is a wonder that some of us recall picking up a phone that had no dial or dial tone and hearing a ‘smiling’ voice on the other end ask, “What number, please?”
From 1883 and Seattle’s first telephones until the 1950s, every phone call whether local, national or international began with talking to an operator and asking for a connection. In those days, every phone line was hard-wired to an exchange building where young women facing a long board connected incoming and outgoing phone calls manually.
The architect of the Victoria Apartments, John Graham, Sr., was noted for his “appropriate and sensitive use of historic and modern architectural styles and his eye for proportion and nuance of ornament.”
The building cost $600,000 when it was built in 1921 in a Tudor Revival style, in red brick with terra cotta ornament. It occupies an entire block at the crest of the hill with panoramic views of the city and Elliott Bay. The U-shaped building surrounds a vast terraced lawn (recently re-designed), which allows residents to not only enjoy the water view but to have garden views from virtually every window and a greater sense of privacy from the street. It also provides an important amenity to the neighborhood, providing open space, light and attractive plantings. …Continue reading “Victoria Apartments – 100-120 West Highland Dr”→