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 Butler did it!

(click to enlarge photos) There are few artifacts from Seattle history so well fitted with worthy stories as the Hotel Butler.  This five-or six-story brick and stone block was built on the northwest corner of James Street and Second Avenue almost immediately following the Great Fire of 1889.  The first of its worthy stories describes … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: The Butler did it!

Seattle Now & Then: The Yakima Canyon

(click to enlarge photos) I imagine that among PacificNW readers many have explored this magazine’s namesake surrounds via its many adventurous roads and highways.  And I’m confident that among these explorers, several will have driven to within a few feet of this week’s featured subject, but then missed it.  Jean Sherrard estimates that he has made about … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: The Yakima Canyon

Seattle Now & Then: Delta Gamma on the Ave

(click to enlarge photos) The designers and/or carpenters of this slender house may have taken care to give its front porch a stairway both wide and high enough to pose a large group portrait, perhaps of Delta Gamma Sorority’s charter membership.  It was the first local sorority to receive a charter from a national organization. … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: Delta Gamma on the Ave

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’)