Seattle Now & Then: AYP's Forestry Building

(click to enlarge photos) As Jean’s “repeat” reveals, the recent prize-winning remodel of the HUB (the University of Washington’s Husky Union Building) is an air-conditioned delight. While its atrium of glass and limestone reaches for the roof it also extends to nearly the length of the building. The HUB was built in 1949 on the … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: AYP's Forestry Building

Seattle Now & Then: The Washington State Building of the AYPE

(click to enlarge photos) An elaborate celebration of a singular historical event, like our exalted centennial in 2009 for the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, once paraded may then barely wiggle.  It is something of a rule for centennials.  What at the age of 100 becomes an object to venerate, without attention quickly goes ho-hum … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: The Washington State Building of the AYPE

Standard Furniture – Seattle Day for AYPE, 1909

Here we see – above – what The Seattle Times for Sept. 5, 1909 headlined the “Unique and Attractive ‘Seattle Day’ Decoration of Standard Furniture Company’s Store.”  Follows the Times reporter’s often thrilled description of “the most unique and attractive store decoration ever seen in Seattle.”  We quote. “The idea typifies the ‘Spirit of Seattle’ … Continue reading Standard Furniture – Seattle Day for AYPE, 1909

Seattle Now & Then: Military Discipline at the AYPE

The Alaska Yukon and Pacific Exposition’s official photographer, Frank H. Nowell, was not the only commercial camera working the fair grounds and – in this week’s subject – its perimeter.  Here with the useful caption “O.A.C. Cadets in camp – A.Y.P. Expo. – Seattle June 5th 9 – 09” the unidentified photographer has named the … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: Military Discipline at the AYPE

Seattle Now & Then: Fire Station No. 5 (or ‘You’ll Like Tacoma’)

(click to enlarge photos) Here is the last busy remnant of Railroad Avenue that was piece-by-piece constructed on the central waterfront following the city’s Great Fire of 1889.  This Webster and Stevens portrait of it dates, most likely, from 1909. By then most of the waterfront’s new railroad docks were in place, from King Street … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: Fire Station No. 5 (or ‘You’ll Like Tacoma’)

Seattle Now & Then: Music at Commercial and Main

(Click to enlarge photos) [Jean here. As a special treat, we thought we should share a video link to one of our all time favorite Pineola songs! Produced by Trent Siegel -http://www.trentsiegel.com] With 133 years of local music reverberating between them, this week we compare two bands posing at the intersection of Main Street and First Avenue … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: Music at Commercial and Main

Seattle Now & Then: Seward Street, Juneau, Alaska

(click to enlarge photos) Through our now thirty-four years of “weekly repeating,” the farthest we have strayed from Seattle’s Pioneer Square and/or the PacificNW offices has been to Spokane.  But this Sunday we have stepped as far as Juneau, Alaska’s capital. Jean Sherrard, this feature’s regular “repeater” for nearly a decade, has found it exhilarating.   … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: Seward Street, Juneau, Alaska