Especially during its great boom years following the “great fire” of 1889 (the city grew from 40,000 to about 230,000 in twenty years) much of First Hill filled in with cheaper residents, some in rows like these duplexes. The general site can be figured from the crown of the Harborview tower peeking over the roof of the middle duplex. The street us busy enough to have meters, and the car showing with a detail, far right, may be post-war chevy. The original slide was produced for a study having to do with the first discussions of “urban renewel” in Seattle. These, obviously, were captured as examples of housing in need of renewel. The original slide is not sharp enough to read the house numbers, so it will take some sleuthing (aerial photos? tax photos?) to break into what remains of the scene’s confidentiality.

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