Tour of the George Matzen House

Take a trip to the “prairies” of Queen Anne, with this rare opportunity to visit the 1910 George Matzen House. An example of the Prairie School work of Seattle architects Willatsen and Byrne (as adapted to hilly Seattle), the Matzen House has been carefully restored by its owners and is currently being considered for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

This tour takes the form of an open house where guests may arrive anytime between 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM to view the home at their own pace. It is a complement to the lecture offered the same morning.

Cost: $40 Members / $45 General Public

Click here to register. Exact address will be provided to guests prior to the tour.

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Tour!

Join Kim Turner on August 24 for the Queen Anne Historical Society’s annual tour of historic gravesites in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Meet 10 am  at the gate, 700 W. Raye St. where 6th Avenue W. meets the cemetery. Kim knows the cemetery and Queen Anne history better than anyone in town. This may be  the  24th annual tour. Wear good walking shoes for potentially uneven ground, and dress for the weather! Free and open to the public.

Historic Preservation and the Illogical Dangers of Hyperbole

I prepared this article in response to a misleading article published on December 22, by the Sightline Institute. A link to the article appears below. Today, January 17, 2018, the Landmarks Preservation Board (LPB) voted not to impose Controls and Incentives on the Wayne Apartment the recently landmarked building discussed by Mr. Bertolet and me. The vote effectively makes my arguments weaker. Even though the building is part of Belltown, I share the article so as to give our readers a sense of the obstacles we face protecting the historic fabric of Queen Anne.

The LPB’s vote is the result of the property owner’s claim that preserving the building would be an economic hardship. It frees the property owner to sell the building with nothing in the way of its demolition. Part of the argument for the vote, which resulted from a rigorous review of all the options by the staff of the city’s Preservation Program and its recommendation to oppose Controls and Incentives that might have protected the building from demolition, rested on the huge disparity between the amount of money owners could realize from selling the Wayne and the cost of repairing and restoring it. It is a very dangerous argument in this time of incredibly high land values throughout the city. The Queen Anne Historical Society plans to begin redrafting the landmark ordinance in cooperation with other preservation organizations and lobbying the city council and the mayor for its eventual adoption, so stay tuned.
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