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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Northwest Rooms & International Fountain Pavilion

Northwest Rooms, 1962
Northwest Rooms, 1962

The Thiry Ensemble

The landmarked buildings form an integral part of what is known as the Thiry Ensemble, a complex of buildings designed by Seattle architect Paul Thiry for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.  In addition to the Northwest Rooms and the International Fountain Pavilion, these include the KeyArena (formerly the Washington State Coliseum) and several international pavilions which no longer exist.  The landmarked area also includes a surrounding corridor known as the International Plaza, with its fountains, stairways, planters, railings, and benches.  However, the KeyArena has not yet (as of 2015) been designated as a City Landmark. …Continue reading “Northwest Rooms & International Fountain Pavilion”

“United South Slope Residents” Save Kerry Park

The three blocks of West Highland Drive between Third Avenue West and Queen Anne Avenue North are among the most important tourist attractions in the city.

Kerry Park & Changing From Sculpture, 1986
Kerry Park & Changing Form Sculpture, 1986

Anchored by Kerry Park with its fantastic views of the Space Needle, downtown, Elliott Bay and –- on many a glorious day –- Mount Rainier, this neighborhood has had a most contentious history. Its residents have always valued its beautiful vistas, and on many occasions over the last century, have come together to work to block unattractive developments that would obstruct the views or destroy the street’s historic character. …Continue reading ““United South Slope Residents” Save Kerry Park”