1a. Central-School-snow-fm-9th-and-ColumbiaWEB

Snow – from sometime in the 1890s – captures the rooftops of all structures on the block bounded by Marion, Columbia, Sixth and Seventh. On the left, the first half of the row houses line up on the north side of Columbia, in its half block between 7th and the alley. The others that complete the block to 6th (their backsided appear in the primary photo at the very top) are yet to be built. The Ranier Hotel is far left on the west side of Sixth Avenue. It was built of wood and with speed following the city’s Great Fire of 1889, which consumed most of Seattle’s hotels. The here nobel bulk of Central School stands on the right. The shot was taken from 9th Avenue and looks over Colubmia Street. The block in the forground is now the home of the recently constructed senior living named Skyline, and one of its residents – on the 16th floor -is our contributor and the now long-retired University of Washington archivist, Richard Berner.

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