Seattle Confidential – Of and From the Lk. Wash. Ship Canal Bridge

Victory Lygdman has put himself in what at least seems to be an exposed prospect to look south towards Lake Union from a concrete pier, perhaps, part of the construcdtion of the Lake Washington Ship Canal Bridge on what was then still being called The Seattle Freeway. There is as yet no Space Needle on the horizon. The retinue of small boats seem to be all heading from Portage Bay into the lake proper. It does not seem like a large enough flotilla to count as the opening day parade. The Wayland mill is to the right (west) of the bridge - with the silo burner. The boxish building to the left of it, and partly hidden behind one of the bridge's concrete piers, is now the studio space for the glass artist Dale Chihuli. The mill site and its bed of cedar sawdust is now the home of Ivar's Indian Salmon House, and has been since 1969. The other box - a long two story apartment house - and the homes below are now gone, replaced by the popular restaurant's parking lot. A circa date for this is 1961. ( Click TWICE to Enlarge)
The I-5 expressway ramp that "inserts" at 42nd Street and 7th Avenue. It passes above Pasadena Place once part of the Latona Neighborhood's business district - in the 1890s. The unfinished ramp is most likely the path Victor Lygdman took to take the view below this one - the shot that looks east towards the campus. (Click TWICE to enlarge)
We have printed this large enough to explore. So CLICK TWICE. Below is 40th Street where it splits both to the east (for routes both to and under the University Bridge, and to the west, where 42nd runs as two two lane avenues, one the high road and the other the low. Note the Campus Parkway, which leads then as now to the campus and there with the semi-sturdy bulk of the old Meany Hall still in its place. A spur off of the old Lake Shore and Eastern Railway (the Burke Gilman Recreation Trail) is on the far right. It led to a fuel bunker. There is much else to discover in this generous recording. These three photos by Victor Lygdman are also appropriate for what follows tomorrow with the weekly now-then feature spawned out of Pacific Magazine in The Sunday Seattle Times. The subject will be the early 1960s folkmusic venue, the Pamir House on the "Ave." (CLICK TWICE TO ENLARGE)
The bridge, and about the same time at Victor's "ramp" shot. You can see the unfinish express lane ramp in this aerial as well. And the Space Needle too. (Not by Lygdman)


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