Seattle Now & Then: The Boone Home

(click to enlarge photos) For Jean Sherrard to record his repeat of George Moore’s historical portrait of Mercy and William Boone’s big home required both prudence and pluck.  The latter took Jean to the edge of the concrete retaining wall that rises at least forty feet above the north-bound lanes of the Interstate Five Freeway.  … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: The Boone Home

Seattle Now & Then: First Hill and Yesler Terrace

(click to enlarge photos) When the Marine Hospital opened in 1933 to eighty-four veteran patients, many moved from the Fed’s old hospital in Port Townsend, the new Art Deco high rise on the head of Beacon Hill looked much higher than its sixteen stories. And from its roof it also “felt” taller, as evidenced by … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: First Hill and Yesler Terrace

Seattle Now & Then: Comet becomes Star

(click to enlarge photos) By the estimable authority of Diana James, the Comet Apartments, this Sunday’s subject at the First Hill corner of Spruce Street and 11th Avenue, is a solid example of a building form she calls “Seattle-Centric.”  In “Shared Walls,” her book history of our city’s apartment houses, James explains, “Driving or walking … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: Comet becomes Star

Seattle Now & Then: The Sprague Hotel on Yesler

(Click to enlarge photos) Perhaps the lens was too small but the Works Progress Administration (WPA) photographer who included the Sprague Hotel in the inventory of likely First Hill structures that would be razed for the building of Yesler Terrace, the Northwest’s first public housing, has cut off the street, Yesler Way, and its sidewalks. … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: The Sprague Hotel on Yesler

Seattle Now & Then

Since 1982, Paul has written his popular column for the Seattle Times Sunday magazine. We will be archiving them here, starting with a handful of more recent contributions and continuing to add more as time and effort permit.  Several elements ensure this will be an intriguing feature of our blog. First, clicking on the photos … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then