Seattle Now & Then

Paul Dorpat, Historian Without Portfolio
Paul Dorpat, Historian Without Portfolio

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 will provide viewers with a much larger size than the Times can accommodate.  Delight (and perhaps, the devil) can be found in the details. Second, we will post our ‘Now’ photos in color. Lastly, it allows us to swing the camera around and show wider and alternative shots from different perspectives.

Please see the beginnings of a dated list to the right and below.

1982-08-08 The Montlake Isthmus before the Ship Canal

1984-03-11 Broadening Broadway

1993-01-31 Wallingford’s Guild 45 Theater

1993-04-23 The King Street Gas Yard

1994-06-05 Seattle’s Great Northern Depot

2002-09-01 High on Labor

2005-01-23 Main Street Redux

2006-08-13 The Fremont Bridge

2007-01-14 Holy Names on Capitol Hill

2007-12-30 St. Vinnie’s at Lake Union


2008-02-24 The West Point Lighthouse

2008-07-13 Snoqualmie Falls

2008-08-17 The Coliseum Theatre reborn

2008-09-14 Seattle’s Front Street

2008-09-21 Warshall’s on 2nd Ave

2008-09-28 Freeway Park Dances

2008-10-05 First Hill Landmarks

2008-10-12 The Cascade Neighborhood Skyline

2008-10-19 “Lake Union John”

2008-10-26 The Potlatch Parade on First Avenue

2008-11-02 Moore Theatre

2008-11-09 Denny Hill Hotel

2008-11-16 A Pioneer Square Victorian

2008-11-23 Aloha trolley

2008-11-30 A View from Central School tower

2008-12-07 Seattle’s Hippodrome

2008-12-14 Seattle’s Olympic Block

2008-12-21 Lake Union from Ford plant

2008-12-28 Aurora Overpass


2009-01-04 The Tin Man at Yesler’s Corner

2009-01-11 Lake Sammamish: Monohon with Three Os

2009-01-18 “I AM BLIND”

2009-01-25 Seattle’s Arctic Club

2009-02-01 Green Lake Skaters

2009-02-08 Foodland

2009-02-15 Militia at Main Street

2009-02-22 Occidental’s Tourist Hotel

2009-03-01 Capitol Hill from the Water Tower

2009-03-08 Paramount Theatre Opening Night

2009-03-22 Broadening Broadway

2009-03-29 Major Millis’ Capitol Hill Treasures

2009-04-05 Auburn Sweet Auburn

2009-04-12 Great Northern & Mea Culpa

2009-04-25 Forty-five Years of Freeway

2009-05-03 Look Down Into Belltown

2009-05-10 Musical Baptists of Fremont

2009-05-24 Entering the A-Y-P

2009-05-31 The Perry Apartments

2009-06-07 The S.S. Suveric visits Pier 56

2009-06-14 Childhaven

2009-06-21 Real Change

2009-06-28 The Mount Vernon Ferry

2009-07-05 A Little Snow

2009-07-12 Military Discipline at the AYP

2009-07-19 HOO-HOO and the HBC

2009-07-26 Pier 70 from the Bay

2009-08-02 Good Shepherding

2009-08-09 The Swings of Cowen Park

2009-08-16 First Hill Exceptions

2009-08-23 The Roosevelt Theatre

2009-08-30 The Pantages-Palomar

2009-09-06 “All Roads Lead to the Dog House”

2009-09-13 Aurora Speedway, 1932

2009-09-20 ‘Seeing Seattle’

2009-09-27 Peter Ivanoff’s Perpetual Motion Machine

2009-10-04 Armistice Day Parade, 1918

2009-10-11 Auto Row

2009-10-18 Westlake Night Lights

2009-10-25 Portland Now & Then

2009-11-01 Professor Conn

2009-11-08 One Sturdy Bridge

2009-11-15 North Edgewater

2009-11-22 Friends of the Market

2009-11-29 The Sprague Hotel on Yesler

2009-12-06 The Naramore Fountain

2009-12-13 English Gardens at Chittenden Locks

2009-12-20 Fifth & Westlake


2010-01-03 “Testing Cedar River Water”

2010-01-10 A Wallingford Restoration

2010-01-17 The Swedish Baptists

2010-01-24 Built Around the Organ

2010-01-31 A Footprint of Love

2010-02-07 Surgeon Taylor’s Blockhouse

2010-02-14 Fox Garage

2010-02-21 Queen Anne Theatre

2010-02-28 Horse Meat Anytime

2010-03-06 A Secret Crash

2010-03-13 The Orpheum Theatre

2010-03-20 City Archive Anniversary

2010-03-27 The Freedman Building

2010-04-03 Retail at Second & Pine

2010-04-10 The Float and the Tenement

2010-04-17 Weights and Measures

2010-04-24  Bound for Ballard

2010-05-01 Sixth and Marion

2010-05-08 Ninth and Yesler

2010-05-15 Lewis Whittelsey’s Survey

2010-05-22 Green Lake Theatre, 1947

2010-05-30 The Neely Mansion

2010-06-05 Lost Landmarks at Pier 51

2010-06-12 The View from Belvedere Viewpoint

2010-06-20 Seattle City Light Steam Plant

2010-06-27 “This Place Matters”

2010-07-03 A View Across First Hill

2010-07-10 The Pike Street Hill Climb

2010-07-18 Pike Pier

2010-07-25 The Evelyn May in the Belltown Ravine

2010-08-01 The Bell Street Overpass

2010-08-08 The Eaton Apartments

2010-08-15 Ridgemont Theatre

2010-08-22 The Seattle Speed Bowl

2010-08-28 A Farm near Lake Union

2010-09-04 Colman Dock

2010-09-11 The Central Bus Terminal

2010-09-18 Dexter Horton’s Ruin

2010-09-26 Union Bay Houseboat

2010-10-09 The Top of Queen Anne

2010-10-16 East on Pine

2010-10-24 The 45th Street Viaduct

2010-10-30 The Fireboat Duwamish

2010-11-06 The Startup Baptists

2010-11-14 Associated Poultry on Fried Chicken Way

2010-11-20 The Medical Dental Building

2010-11-27 Street Photography

2010-12-04 Gothic Row on Western

2010-12-11 Fort Lawton Barracks

2010-12-18 ‘Threading the Bead’ between Magnolia and Ballard

2010-12-25 The Labor Temple


2011-01-01 The Savoy Hotel

2011-01-08 Seattle City Light

2011-01-15 The Central Business District from Harborview

2011-01-22 Harborview from Smith Tower

2011-01-29 Lake Union from Smith Tower

2011-02-05 A New Fourth Avenue

2011-02-12 Piner’s Point and Plummer’s Bay

2011-02-19 Waterfront Park Fountain

2011-02-26 Romans’ St. James from the Great Northern Tower

2011-03-05 Wallingford Fisticuffs

2011-03-12 Madrona Park – End of the Line

2011-03-19 Lowman and Hanford

2011-03-26 Floating Bridge Inauguration

2011-04-02 Monty’s Stump

2011-04-16 Gather Ye Rose Buds…

2011-04-23 The Abiding Smith Tower

2011-05-01 The Public Safety Building

2011-05-08 Looking North on 3rd

2011-05-14 Front Street Show Strip

2011-05-21 Madison Trolley Accident

2011-05-28 A Saved Victorian: The Brewer House

2011-06-04 We Come in Peace

2011-06-11 Where’s the Beef?

2011-06-18 Green Lake Swimmers

2011-06-25 Biker’s Choice

2011-07-02 Colman Dock and the H.B. Kennedy

2011-07-09 War Bonds on the Ave

2011-07-16 Antique Alki Swimwear

2011-07-23 Third and Pine

2011-07-30 Third and Pine 1917

2011-08-06 Denny Knoll’s Death Knell

2011-08-14 The Granite Falls Station

2011-08-20 Within Woodland Park

2011-08-27 Fifth Avenue Parades

2011-09-03 The Heroic John McGraw

2011-09-10 Luna Park Entrance

2011-09-17 Third and Spring Regrade

2011-09-24 The Pike Pier Fishing Fleet

2011-10-01 The First Presbyterians

2011-10-08 Section Lines on Wallingford Hill

2011-10-16 Centralia Depot

2011-10-22 Rivoli Follies

2011-10-29 Go-Hing on King

2011-11-05 First Avenue South

2011-11-12 The Tacoma Public Library

2011-11-19 “New Land, North of the Columbia”

2011-11-26 The Chapin Block

2011-12-03 Peiser’s Parade

2011-12-10 “Before Seattle Rocked”

2011-12-17 ‘Cyrene’ not ‘Latona’

2011-12-24 The Jackson Street Regrade

2011-12-31 Genealogy


2012-01-07 The Bus(c)h Hotel

2012-01-14 Thirty Years of Dorpat

2012-01-21 Coming Home to Riverside

2012-01-28 Central Business District, 1876

2012-02-04 Fire Station No. 9

2012-02-11 Christian Scientists

2012-02-18 Governor Martin’s Starvation Camp

2012-02-25 The Jolly Roger on Lake City Way

2012-03-03 Snowbound on Second

2012-03-10 The Tacoma Hotel

2012-03-17 The Tacoma Interurban at Occidental

2012-03-24 Row Houses on Fifth

2012-04-01 A Golden Rule for April Fools

2012-04-07 The Nine Millionth Visitor

2012-04-14 Shared Walls

2012-04-21 The Beaumont Apartments

2012-04-28 The Smith Cove Glass Works

2012-05-05 9th & University

2012-05-12 The Emma Haywood

2012-05-19 Mrs. Anderson’s Eccentric Ride

2012-05-26 The Wilkes Theatre

2012-06-02 Westlake and Thomas

2012-06-09 Suburbia Near Dearborn

2012-06-17 Issaquah Coal Strike

2012-06-24 Yesler’s Sheds

2012-07-01 Buzby’s Waterfront Mill

2012-07-07 KRAB: Listener-supported Free-form Radio

2012-07-14 Seattle Center Corral

2012-07-21 MOHAI’s Seattle Fire Mural

2012-07-28 The Phinney Ridge Ferris Wheel

2012-08-04 The Wilhelmina/Winona Apartments

2012-08-11 The Dominion Monarch

2012-08-18 Second Hill from First Hill

2012-08-25 Cascade Hotel Spectacle

2012-09-02 The Pig’n’Whistle

2012-09-08 The Palace Hip Theatre

2012-09-15 Mrs. Anderson, Co-eds, and Mea Culpa

2012-09-22 The Schmitz Park Arch

2012-09-29 – The Federal Courthouse

2012-10-06 The Pontius Court Apartments

2012-10-13 Fair & Festival: Belgian Waffles

2012-10-21 The Denny’s Green Acres

2012-10-27 The Arabian Theatre

2012-11-03 The Hollywood Tavern

2012-11-11 Motorcycle and Art on 3rd Avenue South

2012-11-18 The Ishii Family Farm

2012-11-24 Billboards on Third Avenue

2012-12-01 The Central Seattle Service Station

2012-12-08 The Atlas Theatre

2012-12-15 Town Hall + Another Rogue’s Christmas

2012-12-22 Ballard’s Bascule Bridge

2012-12-29 The Rainier Club & The Burnett Home


2013-01-05 Frank Shaw’s Big Neighbor

2013-01-13 Alley to James Street

2013-01-19 Georgetown Firemen on Pike

2013-01-26 Pachyderms in Pioneer Square

2013-02-01 First and Pike: Nov. 6th 1953

2013-02-09 A B50 Crash near Airport Way

2013-02-16 The Northern Life (aka Seattle) Tower

2013-02-23 The American Hotel on Westlake

2013-03-02 The New Railroad Avenue

2013-03-09 Orpheum Descending

2013-03-16 Signal Station on Aurora

2013-03-23 The Gables Apartment on Capitol Hill

2013-03-30 Upheaval on Spring Street

2013-04-06 Seattle’s First Rep

2013-04-13 2nd and University

2013-04-20 Seattle (aka Broadway) High School

2013-04-27 Hole off of Holgate

2013-05-04 Echo Lake Landmark

2013-05-11 Lutherans on the Move

2013-05-18 Queen Anne Pioneers

2013-05-24 The Four Winds

2013-06-01 The Graystone on First Hill

2013-06-07 A Fremont Trolley Derailed

2013-06-15 Beacon Hill Traffic

2013-06-21 A Night in Old Alexandria

2013-06-27 The Latona Bridge

2013-07-06 Dennys on Boren

2013-07-13 The Mukai Farm Matters

2013-07-20 The Old Colony Apartments

2013-07-27 North Side Realty

2013-08-03 Stan Sayres on Broadway

2013-08-10 Hizzoner’s Long Home Run

2013-08-17 Sweet Fun at Bitter Lake

2013-08-24 Lake Ballinger

2013-08-31 West Seattle High School

2013-09-07 Fourth and Olive

2013-09-14 Submarine Launch

2013-09-20 Rowe’s Row at 1st and Bell

2013-09-28 Secular Conversions at 3rd and Pine

2013-10-05 The Washington State Building at AYPE

2013-10-12 First Shovel at 5th and Battery

2013-10-19 AYP’s Forestry Building

2013-10-26 85th and Palatine

2013-11-02 The Anthony Family Bindery

2013-11-09 First Hill…is just as steep

2013-11-16 The Ranke Home

2013-11-23 Huck Finn in SODO

2013-11-30 “Lost Seattle”

2013-12-07 The Amelia Apartments

2013-12-14 Union Bay Village

2013-12-21 Dorms near Frosh Pond

2013-12-29 Fairgrounds at Madison Park


2014-01-05 Amundsen’s ‘Maud’

2014-01-11 The Zindorf Apartments

2014-01-19 The First Fire Department HQ

2014-01-25 Fire Station No. 5

2014-02-01 First Avenue South, 1961

2014-02-08 Roosevelt Way, 1946

2014-02-15 Lady Rainier

2014-02-21 Polk’s Potlatch Parade, 1911

2014-02-28 Seattle’s General Hospital

2014-03-07 Unitarian Drama

2014-03-15 The Minor/Collins Home on First HIll

2014-03-22 A Methodist Revival on Union Street

2014-03-29 Madison’s Lost Poplars

2014-04-05 Two Views from the Needle

2014-04-12 The LIttlefield Apartments

2014-04-19 A Shoebox on Fifth

2014-04-26 Post Office Teams on University Street

2014-05-03 A Late Latona Bridge

2014-05-10 The Post-Fire Post-Intelligencer

2014-05-17 The Ship Canal Bridge

2014-05-24 A Hotel at Pike and Boren

2014-05-31 The Pike Place Corner Market Building

2014-06-07 The Lake Union Dam Washout

2014-06-14 The Gatewood Lodge

2014-06-21 Kinnear Park

2014-06-28 Spokane Street from West Seattle

2014-07-05 A “New Deal” for Hard Times

2014-07-12 A Brooklyn Home Taken for the Cleaners

2014-07-18 The “Finest Fruit”

2014-07-25 When the Circus Came to Town

2014-08-02 The Fremont Trolley Barn

2014-08-09 Salmon Bay

2014-08-16 The Arkona Apts at First and Denny

2014-08-23 End of the Line for Golden Gardens

2014-08-30 The Youngstown Steel Mill

2014-09-06 Wallingford Rising

2014-09-13 Third Avenue South

2014-09-20 The Occidental Hotel

2014-09-27 First Hill and Yesler Terrace

2014-10-04 Roll on, Columbia Street

2014-10-11 Third Avenue Regrade

2014-10-18 Leary Way

2014-10-25 On the Waterfront

2014-11-01 Comet Becomes Star

2014-11-08 The Summit Avenue Hospital

2014-11-15 The York Hotel

2014-11-22 The Wall Street Pier

2014-11-30 Seventh and Seneca

2014-12-06 Fourth and Pike

2014-12-13 First and Virginia

2014-12-20 Poetry and Prose at First and Madison

2014-12-27 City Hall, 1908


2015-01-03 The Bartell’s Motorcycle Courier

2015-01-10 The Terry House at Third and James

2015-01-17 A Home on ‘The Ave’

2015-01-24 ‘Friends of the Market’ Protest at City Hall

2015-01-31 A Moveable Fiesta

2015-02-07 A Protest in 1937

2015-02-14 The Gardner Home on Boren Ave

2015-02-21 The Stetson and Post Block

2015-02-28 The Boone Home

2015-03-07 Going Postal at Marion and Western

2015-03-14 The Singular Traffic Tower at 4th and Pike

2015-03-21 Anderson Hall

2015-03-28 ‘Murder’ on Aurora

2015-04-04 St. Vinnie’s in Belltown

2015-04-10 Swedish Baptists in Ballard

2015-04-18 First Hill Row Houses

2015-04-25 Seattle Fire Ruins Redux

2015-05-01 Steps to the Harbor

2015-05-09 Klondike Fever on First

2015-05-16 The Sinking Ship

2015-05-23 The Louch Grocery on First Avenue

2015-05-29 Norway Hall

2015-06-06 Gethsemane Lutheran

2015-06-12 Sarah Baker’s Hotel

2015-06-20 Ye Olde Totem Place

2015-06-27 The Silvian Apts

2015-07-04 The Golden Potlatch on the Waterfront

2015-07-11 The Seattle Fire, Three Weeks Later

2015-07-18 Fire Below the Market

2015-07-24 The Pontius Home

2015-07-31 The Bagley Mansion

2015-08-07 The Sorrento Hotel

2015-08-15 Virginia Mason

2015-08-22 The Frances Hotel (5th Ave Regrade)

2015-08-28 Return of the Homestead

2015-09-05 Schmitz Park

2015-09-12 The Wallingford Wall at the Latona Knoll

2015-09-19 Yesler (No, Sir!)

2015-09-26 A Row House at Sixth and Pine

2015-10-03 A View of Lake Union

2015-10-08 Mill Street at Pioneer Place

2015-10-17 A View from the Cambridge Hotel

2015-10-24 The North Seattle Trolley Yard

2015-10-31 ‘Cook with Gas’

2015-11-07 An Approach to the Campus

2015-11-14 A Green Lake Midwife

2015-11-21 Dutch Ned

2015-11-28 Rattlesnake Lake

2015-12-05 The Epler Block

2015-12-12 Gas Works Park

2015-12-18 ‘Hooverville’

2015-12-26 ‘Too High and Too Steep’


2016-01-09 McKay Ford on Westlake

2016-01-15 The Prince Rupert Hotel

2016-01-23 Mayor Brown’s Garage in Redmond

2016-01-30 The Bank of Redmond

2016-02-06 Baker’s Dock aka The Ecclefechan

2016-02-13 Ballard’s Bascule Bridge

2016-02-20 Big Snow in Ballard

2016-02-27 Seward Street, Juneau, Alaska

2016-03-05 Braun’s Brewery in Georgetown

2016-03-12 The St. James Dome Collapse

2016-03-19 The Juneau Street Footbridge

2016-03-26 West Woodland Neighbors

2016-04-02 Lake Union

2016-04-09 ‘We Love the Junction’

2016-04-16 James Street Cable Cars

2016-04-23 The Great White Fleet, 1908

2016-04-30 The Normandie Apartments at 9th and University

2016-05-07 The Georgetown Depot

2016-05-14 Hanson Avenue

2016-05-21 Row of Houses on Broadway

2016-05-28 Seattle’s First Big Fire

2016-06-04 Florists’ Row at 9th and Union

2016-06-11 Music at Commercial and Main

2016-06-19 The Kenney Home

2016-06-25 An Eastlake Cutie

2016-07-02 The Rhodes Mansion

2016-07-09 The Making of Western Avenue

2016-07-16 Denny’s Swale

2016-07-23 Digging the Fremont Canal

2016-07-30 The Market – ‘An Honest Place in a Phony Time’

2016-08-06 The Plymouth Congregational Church at 3rd and University

2016-08-13 Mark Tobey in the Market

2016-08-20 The Waldorf Apartments

2016-08-27 Fire Station No. 5 (or ‘You’ll Like Tacoma’)

2016-09-03 Third & Virginia, 1936

2016-09-10 Delta Gamma on the Ave

2016-09-17 Yesler’s Wharf, 1891 

2016-09-24 The Westlake Triangle (aka The Silverstone Block)

2016-10-01 The Post Alley Curve

2016-10-08 ‘The Sunset Board Room’

2016-10-15 The First (and Forgotten) Alki Natatorium

2016-10-22 The Society Theatre on Broadway

2016-10-29 The Big Stump

2016-11-05 Broadway and Roy and The Deluxe

2016-11-12 The Yakima Canyon

2016-11-19 Jackson St. and First Avenue South

2016-11-26 A Room with a View – Atop the WAC Roof

2016-12-03 Licton Springs

2016-12-10 Fifth and Pike

2016-12-17 Third and Seneca

2016-12-24 First and Seneca


2017-01-07 The Ballard Fire Station ca. 1903

2017-01-14 The Corgiat Building near Pioneer Square

2017-01-21 The Butler (Hotel) Did It!

2017-01-28 The Last of Denny Hill, Part 1

2017-02-04 The Last of Denny Hill, Part 2

2017-02-11 Seattle’s First Chinatown

2017-02-18 Looking East from Ninth and Pike

2017-02-25 Two Marches (on 4th Avenue)

2017-03-04 Big Clock in Big Snow

2017-03-11 Our Lady of Good Help

2017-03-18 Our Lady of Good Help, Part 2

2017-03-25 East Olive Way, Sept. 21st, 1938

2017-04-01 Broadway and Republican

2017-04-08 The Armour Building

2017-04-15 Queen City Florist at 13th and Union

2017-04-22 Independence Day at 3rd and Yesler

2017-04-29 Lower Roosevelt Way, 1940

2017-05-05 Westlake, ‘The Big Funnel’

2017-05-13 North End of Fremont Bridge

2017-05-19 Pier 56

2017-05-27 The Ice Arena

2017-06-03 Sea View Hall

2017-06-10 Ballard Beginnings

2017-06-17 The Alley That Became I-5

2017-06-24 Mysterious Dance at Olive & Terry

2017-07-01 Coo Coo Flats

2017-07-08 A Fifth Avenue Regrade, 1911

2017-07-15 Margaret Denny’s First Hill Home

2017-07-22 ‘The City is More Than Human’

2017-07-29 The Blyth Barn on Squak Slough

2017-08-05 The Gatewood School

2017-08-12 John Stamets’ Pike Place Market Portrait

2017-08-19 Swedish Hospital, 1929

2017-08-26 The ‘Empire Builder’s’ Bust

2017-09-02 A Dump at Dexter and Aloha

2017-09-09 Two Founders on Main Street

2017-09-16 The Onarga Apartments

2017-09-23 Parking 15 Cents

2017-09-30 The Denny Hotel

2017-10-07 Lake Union Logs

2017-10-14 The Camlin Hotel

2017-10-22 Finding Kikisoblu

2017-10-28 UW South Campus – Oars and Oceanography

2017-11-04 The Church on the Corner (of Boren & Pine)

2017-11-11 Olympia Beer on the Waterfront

2017-11-18 The Swedish Club

2017-11-25 Queen Anne’s Scenic Conkling Place

2017-12-02 The Kalakala at Low Tide

2017-12-09 Grading Fremont

2017-12-16 Husky Stadium, 1920

2017-12-23 Wallingford Call

2018-01-06 Golden Potlatch Parade, 1911

2018-01-13 Polson Building Fire, 1974

2018-01-20 Poulsbo’s Front Street

2018-01-27 The Winslow Ferry Terminal, ca. 1950

2018-02-03 Inside Dexter Horton’s Bank, 1882

2018-02-10 Cornish School Construction, 1921

2018-02-17 Parades at 4th and Pine

2018-02-24 St. Francis Hall

2018-03-03 3rd & Pike Looking East, 1903

2018-03-10 The Ave Trolley, ca. 1939

2018-03-17 A Pioneer Place Welcome, 1908

2018-03-24 An Elks Carnival, 1902

2018-03-31 Dairy Men at Dreamland

2018-04-07 Mill Street, ca. 1887

2018-04-14 The Market’s Front Door

2018-04-21 Savery Cherries

2018-04-28 Second & Columbia, 1886

2018-05-05 The Seattle Seven on the Courthouse Steps

2018-05-12 The Hamilton in Georgetown

2018-05-19 The Spring Street Regrade, 1906-07

2018-05-26 Where Rails Meet Sails – An 1884 View from Beacon Hill

2018-06-02 The Leland Hotel from Pike and Post

2018-06-09 A Denny Home at 3rd & Union

2018-06-23 The Northwest Folklike Festival

2018-06-30 Maryland Place in West Seattle

2018-07-07 Marion Street Looking East, ca 1905








62 thoughts on “Seattle Now & Then”

  1. I am hoping you can help me. I am looking for a picture of the Seattle City Hospital which opened March 11, 1909 on the fourth floor of the new municipal building at Fifth Avenue and Yesler Way -the Public Safety Building. It supposedly was a six story triangular building. Thank you in advance! Mary in The Dalles, Oregon

    1. Can you provide information about City Hospital or about
      Frank Jeffry Clancy, M. D., who practiced there in the 1920s?

  2. I am hoping to answer your question about the car in the lower left corner of the Then photograph. It may be a Queen. I have a picture of a 1909 Queen which I took last summer. It resembles the car in the photo. I could email it to you if you are interested. Your feature in Pacific Northwest is a highlight of my week. Thank you.

  3. Paul,

    Wow, 2331 Fairview Ave. E.#F. brings back many memories of fun times and great people. I lived there too, with Meryl the summer and autumn of ’66. Also aboard at that time was Stephen Klarer, the Chinese scholar, and Eric Anderson, the budding architect. My godfather’s architecture office housed the Helix, and Meryl worked with him. His name was Bob Eyre. He was a special guy, as was his wife, Kae. She’s my great aunt. Later on, She and Eric were an item. Before Mark bought the houseboat, Kae and Bob owned it. I stopped by and took a photo of the place back in 2002 on a trip through Seattle. It still looked as I’d remembered it all these years. I would like to get in touch with some of those wonderful people. Meryl, Paul and Donia Post, Bob Hoscoe, Rick Barrett, and Anne Dawson, just to name a few. They were all part of the moveable feast that took place every Friday night on that dock, and I sure do miss them. One of the
    parties that took place started to sink the houseboat from so many people aboard…
    Those were great times. Thanks for bringing it all back with your writing.


    John Carter
    and I still have

  4. Thank you for the Then and Now series, my familys has been in Seattle over a 100 yrs and in the 1st Then and Now book is a photo of my Grandfathers grocery store in the Roosevelt district, he sold the store and started his carpenter business, he built several homes and business’s around Greenlake, he started building the family home in 1904 and completed it in 1914 where seven children were raised, I love the history of Seattle and the Then and Now series gives a photo of City which I really enjoy.

  5. Paul, Sunday March 27th, Sunday Times Pacific Northwest magazine:
    THEN (1940): why do we not see the semi-circle turn-out that was part of the I90 floating bridge in the 60’s and 70’s??

  6. I was fascinated by your documentation of the 1912 Baist’s Real Estate Atlas in this morning’s Seattle Times Pacific Northwest magazine, but when trying to access the web site given at the end of the article, my browser says, “You do not have the authority to access this site”. How can I see the maps online? Thanks.

    Stan Stumbo
    Bainbridge Island

  7. I am looking for photos of Admiral Junction in the 40’s and 50’s. I am specifically interested in Tony’s Market (vegetable stand), the meat market next door to Storr’s grocery, and further north, Mr. Carroll’s drugstore (an antique store is now in that building) and the grocery store attached.

    I was raised on Palm Avenue and our home is still there (1602).

    I hope you can direct me to these photographs.

  8. Paul: I have lost the website address for the 1912 Gazette real estate plat maps. Can you give it to me again. We looked at it and found my wifes fathers property near the Locks-‘section’ 14. Thank you, BR

  9. I’m a frequent reader of your Now & Then feature. I’m always curious about what appears to be a coal fired power plant a block or so inland from Coleman Dock. While it is not an architectual wonder, it certainly has stood the test of time. Have you ever given any history on this facility?

  10. I second Greg’s query. I walk by there a lot and I experience a cat-like impulse to slink in there and look around. The place is still being used for something. What are they doing in there?

  11. I’m wondering if there is any documentation of people who dove off the Fremont Bridge for fun back in 1921. My mother, then 16, and her diving instructor ‘Black Jack’ dove off of there in the summer of 1921. I have pictures of them both at the time but not in the dive. I remember mother saying her bathing caap split right in two! They had trained at the Coleman Pool.

  12. What was the original purpose or use of the garage looking building @ the Southwest corner of 2nd & Washington? It’s all boarded up now but looks to have once been an impressive building.

  13. Paul & Jean – I enjoy your “Now & Then” pictures and articles in the Pacific Northwest section of the Seattle Times. I have a photo taken in downtown Seattle in 1950. I am not sure of the location and would like to find out so I can do a current picture of the location. My grandparents, my uncle and I are in the picture. I am the only one who is still living. I was 5 years old in the picture. Can you tell me how I might identify the location of the picture. It was in front of a movie theatre. Thanks.

  14. I always enjoy and appreciate photos and stories about Woodland Park – thank you. I’ve often wondered about the decision to put Aurora Ave through the middle of the park. Was there much civic debate about it? Did they consider tunneling underneath or choosing a different pathway (perhaps through Ballard?) instead of cutting through? I can’t help but wonder how they decided to slice up such a beautiful part of the city for the sake of traffic. Thanks for any insight you might be able to provide.

  15. I found in my year old husbands, grandfathers desk who lived in Hanford, a tin box that looks like it could have been maybe a stamp pad? It is the size of a sheet of paper and when you open it, it has inside a sponge like material and is very wet and like ink. It is very old and rusty. The outside is rusty but you can read that it says Lowman and Hanford Seattle Wa and Lithograph. We were just curious if you could tell us what it is or was used for. Thank you in advance if you can give us some info.

  16. Just found John Carter’s post (below). In early ’70’s I fell in love with a wonderful young woman, Barbara Johson, who had moved onto the adjacent dock at 2339 Fairview Ave. We shared my houseboat next to Meryl’s for several years until we moved to our current location in the Haller Lake neighborhood, the site of my late teens and early ’20s, and where we now live in the cottage my dad and I built in 1951. Our twins, now 25, are thriving in DC and Brooklyn and visit occasionally.
    I’m still in intermittent touch with most of the others (Bob Hosko and Paul Post passed many years ago), I saw Donnia Post and Ann Dawson,last year; Mark a few years ago; Steven about 40 years ago just before he disappeared into monkdom, .
    Contact me at, be happy to visit.


    John Carter
    February 22, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Wow, 2331 Fairview Ave. E.#F. brings back many memories of fun times and great people. I lived there too, with Meryl the summer and autumn of ’66. Also aboard at that time was Stephen Klarer, the Chinese scholar, and Eric Anderson, the budding architect. My godfather’s architecture office housed the Helix, and Meryl worked with him. His name was Bob Eyre. He was a special guy, as was his wife, Kae. She’s my great aunt. Later on, She and Eric were an item. Before Mark bought the houseboat, Kae and Bob owned it. I stopped by and took a photo of the place back in 2002 on a trip through Seattle. It still looked as I’d remembered it all these years. I would like to get in touch with some of those wonderful people. Meryl, Paul and Donia Post, Bob Hoscoe, Rick Barrett, and Anne Dawson, just to name a few. They were all part of the moveable feast that took place every Friday night on that dock, and I sure do miss them. One of the
    parties that took place started to sink the houseboat from so many people aboard…
    Those were great times. Thanks for bringing it all back with your writing.


    John Carter
    and I still have

  17. Please note that Seattle’s old Pier 51 location is now the Seattle/Bremerton ferry dock, NOT the Seattle/Vashon ferry dock. Please go correct your error.

  18. I don’t know whether you can give me the email address of Dianne Wheless Thorniley in one of your responses to Now and Then but she indicated that she grew up at 1602 Palm Ave in West Seattle. I just happened to grow up at 1610 Palm Ave and it would be very interesting to contact her.
    Thanks for any help you might give to me.
    Bob Windom
    23900 SE 160th St.
    Issaquah, WA 98027

  19. I seem to remember an older, pre-Space Needle, Seattle City Logo consisting of an orobouros (serpent eating its own tail) … or was I just on a bad acid trip.

    The Indian head logo is a recent appeasement to Native Americans just like King County’s logo change from a crown to MLK’s profile, and the renaming of Empire Way South to Martin Luther King, Jr. Way South was an appeasement to the denizens of the “Central District”.

    I think appeasement is recism on steroids … what do you think Paul?

  20. Our family’s bakery, Buchan Baking Company, was a part of Seattle’s history from the early 1900’s up until the sale to Oroweat in the mid 1960’s. We are trying to recover as many pieces of the ‘story’ as possible. A part of our collection can be found at and any insight or artifacts that anyone can share, please contact us at

    And “Remember to Reach for the Tartan Wrapper”

  21. I was recently found a faded copy of a “Now & Then” titled “Licton Park Home”. It was a great piece on the Licton home of David Denny that is still there. However, when I went through your archives, I could not find it? I have “Seattle Now & Then, Vol. 1,” but could not find it in there either. Where can I find this Now & Then about the former David Denny vacation home (and permanent home after the Panic of 1893)?

  22. Paul: First, a thank you. I so enjoy reading your story every Sunday in the Times. It’s the first thing I look for.

    Second, a question. What is the history behind the little stone house at the East entrance to the Arboretum? I have lived in Seattle since 1951, and can remember my parents driving us kids by that little stone house on Sunday drives.
    As a small child, I was always somewhat scared and wondered if an old troll lived there. You know what I mean. Anyway, what’s inside and is it used for anything these days. I assume it was originally a caretaker’s house. Thanks.

  23. Hi Paul, I am working on putting together a photo book about Seattle radio history. It will be published by Arcadia Publishing Co. early next year. I am currently on a hunt for photos of early radio broadcasting in the Puget Sound area. Can you help by providing some images from your vast collection? Maybe your readers can help. Thanks in advance.
    John Schneider

  24. Hi Paul! Hope you are well. The Ward House is well! I need a forensic historian (other?) to find an old Rainier Beer poster (ca 1970-75?) that has a class mate of mine *(Chris Kirk) in it along with a nice picture of Mt. Rainier superimposed on his (bald) head. It was a billboard and displayed elsewhere. We are having our 50th Lake Washington HS reunion and he cannot make the trip from Boston. We would like to get an image. Any ideas? Thanks in advance. Come visit the Ward House when you are next up here. I may retire soon (pushing 70) and sell it. Ughh.

  25. hi Paul this is Louis the mail man with the heart issue i had the route just north of your house. I was going over some old photo i bought and found a photo of a house at 811 madison st seattle wa with the names Cicel o Temple and Susie e Temple on the back also a family photo marked madrona park seattle wash with the names of the people on the back if you send me an email i can send a scan of the photos

  26. I’m hoping you have in your possession — or know where I can find — a photo from the 1930s of the Sunset Boarding House at 725 9th Ave — kitty corner from St James Cathedral, and now occupied by Skyline Senior Living.

    It was run — in large part for the soldiers and sailors of the area — by Ella Lindsay, my grandmother, and I remember at age 2-3 learning the language of “those boys,” and having to move to QA Hill with my parents then!

    My parents met there, were married down the hill a block or two at Plymouth Congregational Church, and returned afterwards for a grand feast in the boarding house dining room. The front bulkhead was similar to that across the street now at that address, and the entryway was flanked by two stone lions. The second story had a widow’s walk around it for gorgeous views — similar to today.

    I would so cherish seeing it in its modest glory, after hearing so much about it from my family — the breadline that formed each evening after the cook Mrs Mac cleaned up and doled out the scraps . . .the enormous linen closet that held all the mangled bed sheets . . . the way it absorbed and took care of our own down-and-out extended family members after the Depression.

    Where can you lead me to find an image of it?

  27. Hi – I’m exploring the Green Lake neighborhood with my 6th grade Geography class. Our school (Billings Middle School) is in the old Green Lake Funeral Home building at the corner of Woodlawn and Maple Leaf. I am looking for photos of the old building and history on the place. Any ideas?

  28. Dear Mr. Dorpat,

    My name is Sonja Lowe. I spoke to you this afternoon regarding your historic photo of the building on the corner of Palantine Ave and N 85th Street.

    I said that I would try to find out who owns the part of the building that is now occupied by the carpet shop. The owner’s name is Gary Brunt. His business email address is

    I hope this information is helpful. Thank you so much for the work you do to highlight our city’s history!

    All the best,

  29. Enjoy your work.
    Was wondering if you guys had thought of researching the historical photo archive, to see if you could find any large metal objects where Bertha is stuck?
    Might be a great find for Then & Now, and benefit the tunneling operation too.

  30. Great Web Site!
    Always read and view Now and Then in the Seattle Times.

  31. Good Morning, I had a telephone conversation with Paul about 1 month ago. He had borrowed a photo of mine years ago at a meeting of the Women’s Century Club. He has the photo of Ballard corner of 65th and 15th N.W. The photo is taken from the porch of a house that was on the southwest corner. It shows 2 adults (one holding a toddler) with a push lawn mover and an empty field behind them where Ballard High School will be built.
    Paul said he was able to work with the photo and improve the clarity and that he would email that improved photo to me.
    If you could forward this message to Paul I know he will communicate with me and email me the photo.
    Thank you so much for your help in this manner.
    Joan King

  32. Hello, My name is Eden, I am contacting you on behalf of Cyrus Noe a long time colleague of Mr. Dorpats. Mr. Noe would like very much to connect with Mr. Dorpat at his earliest convenience. Mr. Noe is writing his memoirs and would like to talk about certain events he and Mr. Dorpat were involved in. Thank you so much, Eden Malkoç

  33. If you can find a picture of cars back in the early 1930’s and compare them to cars now, in particular the KIA and others very similar in box shape. Really enjoy your column. Thank you, C A Fujita

  34. My great grandfather had a wagon and 2 horses, one bay and 1 grey. He hauled people to and from rail and docks and hotels, helped with the Denny regrade, did anything he could with the wagon and team to make money to help raise his family. I’m wondering if he is mentioned in any historical information on Seattle. His name was Curtis Scripture. Sharon Richards

  35. I never got an acknowledgement of my request for info on Curtis Scripture. Is there anywhere I can possibly research for it besides your base? Sharon Richards

  36. Hi Paul—what a wonderful tribute you put together for Paul Heald’s celebration of life. Good to see you there.
    I have a question about how to find the original plans for my house in Ravenna built in 1914, area called “Thompson’s University Addition”?—can you direct me to a resource? I have a copy of a document that looks like the one you have posted for the Brooklyn house around the first WW.
    Thank you, Virginia Paquette

  37. I read your article with interest on “Songbird sings at the former home of long-gone Frances Hotel” in Pacific NW on August 23, 2015. It wasn’t until the end of the story that I realized you were talking about Dose (not pronounced dose as in dosage from a drug store like I was saying to myself, but Dohcee). The Doce mansion was one house away from the home I grew up in on 32nd Ave. S. In fact, we always thought that the four car garage that we shared with our neighbors had at one time belonged to the Doce house. In the early 50’s when I used to walk down Doce Terrace to the steps to Mt. Baker Park to go swimming, I often stopped and talked to Mrs. Doce when she was in her yard gardening. At that time she lived in the last house on the right hand side of Doce Terrace right before the steps that go down to the park. I realize from your article that she must have been C.C. Doce’s widow. She may have been in her eighties then and told fabulous stories about the “old days” such as taking the trolley to Columbia City and/or Hillman City to go to quilting bees – sometimes an overnight affair.

    Thank you, Paul, for the happy memories you give us and for filling in the gaps.

  38. Now & Then is one of my favorite reads on Sunday. I love sharing these with my friends and family. The latest post of 1st Ave/Seneca St you can see the Galland Building 1221 2nd Ave. Amazing how close to the water front when you look at the really old Then photos.

  39. I, too, love those columns every Sunday. Being a 4th generation Seattleite, it’s interesting and sometimes sad to see the changes. I am interested in anything about my great grandfather who had a team of 2 horses and wagon he used taking people from trains and ships to their destinations in town and back again, also for hauling anything he could including helping with the Denny Regrade. His team was a light and a dark colored horse and whenever I spot that combo in old photos, I wonder if that is his rig. His name was Curtis Scripture.

  40. I remember well watching the 1974 Polson Bldg. fire from the Sea First Bldg. Subsequently spent 39 years as a tenant of the nearby Maritime Bldg. which had a lot of interesting tenants before it’s closure and current renovation. It would make for a great article too.

  41. I am trying to find any information on my great grandfather who had a 2 horse team and wagon in the early 1900s in Seattle. Hauling anything he could for a living, people or “stuff”. Any old picture I see I look for the white and dark horses as his team was and hope to identify him and writing on the side of his wagon. Or anything on Curtis Scripture. If you have anything that would identify him and his wagon, I’d appreciate it.

    1. Good luck to you, Sharon. I am a 5th generation Seattle native — my great grandfather was John Wesley Maple, who built the Maple School on Beacon Hill, and was the first treasurer for the City of Seattle. Tragically, he died in a logging accident, during a tree felling, which cut short his tenure. I have old family pictures, most of them portraits, but will look through and see if I can find anything with a wagon in it. During those early days, portraits were usually done in homes or in-studio, so I don’t hold out much hope, but will look anyway. btw, have you tried the Seattle Pioneer Museum, or the Washington State Historical Society? Either of those might be good choices. Best, Wendy Henry

      1. Thank you for your response. My great grandfather was Curtis Scripture and he had a white horse and a dark horse pulling his wagon. I do have one picture of him and the team with wagon but can’ make out the writing on the side of the wagon. No one knew what he called his hauling business. I do know he helped with the Denny regrade, too. Sharon

      2. thank you for your response. I didn’t think to check this site for answers. Was hoping for an e-mail from Dorpat, but glad to hear from you anyway.

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