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: The ‘Empire Builder’s’ Bust

(click to enlarge photos) This week a monumental bust of James J. Hill, aka “The Empire Builder”, has been pulled from a new book titled Seattle Public Sculptors. The author, the Nordic Heritage Museum’s museologist and collections manager, Fred F. Poyner IV, has written with clarity and considerable detail about twelve artists who created “Seattle’s … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: The ‘Empire Builder’s’ Bust

Seattle Now & Then: The Blyth Barn on Squak Slough

(click to enlarge photos) When first glimpsed, this week’s “then” charmed me with a classical restraint that is softly repeated, upside down, in Squak Slough.  Especially satisfying are the comely barn, the blooming fruit tree and the saw-tooth horizon strung with surviving fir trees that for reasons only known to sawyers were earlier rejected by … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: The Blyth Barn on Squak Slough

Seattle Now & Then: Lower Roosevelt Way, 1940

(click to enlarge photos) Lower Roosevelt Way is an arterial that aside from the bascule bridge it is attached to, was, it seems, developed without distinguished landmarks.   For the fetured photograph above,  it was recorded on the afternoon of March 14, 1940, a year remembered, perhaps, by many of us, myself included. I was born … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: Lower Roosevelt Way, 1940