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: An Elks Carnival, 1902

(click to enlarge photos) The arch standing here at the southeast corner of Union Street and Third Avenue was short-lived, like every other ceremonial ornament contrived for the Seattle Street Fair and Carnival, assembled and produced by the Seattle Elks Lodge for thirteen sunny days in August 1902.  This arch, the only rustic one, was … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: An Elks Carnival, 1902

Seattle Now & Then: A Pioneer Place Welcome, 1908

(click to enlarge photos) Jean and I first used this Pioneer Square classic years ago on the back cover of our now long out-of-print book, Washington State Then and Now (2007).  We described the crowded scene as a celebration connected with Seattle’s summer-long 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYP).  It seemed like a reasonable claim at the … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: A Pioneer Place Welcome, 1908

Seattle Now & Then: The Ave Trolley, ca. 1939

(click to enlarge photos) Heading south on The Ave (University Way N.E.), Seattle Municipal Railway car no. 511 was recorded mid-block between N.E. 43rd and N.E. 45th, very possibly by a rail fan, perhaps James Turner or Lawton Gowey.  Both started waiting for and/or chasing trains and trolleys with cameras before World War II.  They … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: The Ave Trolley, ca. 1939