West Seattle history – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:08:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Hot new exhibit ‘Fired Up’ now open at Log House Museum http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/hot-new-exhibit-fired-up-now-open-at-log-house-museum/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/hot-new-exhibit-fired-up-now-open-at-log-house-museum/#respond Sun, 10 Jun 2018 20:18:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919162 (WSB photos, except last image)

Every fire station has a story. The history of West Seattle’s five Seattle Fire Department stations, plus a few others present and past in the greater WS/South Park/White Center area, is the subject of the Log House Museum‘s new exhibit “Fired Up: Neighborhood Fire Stations on the Duwamish Peninsula.” We stopped by for its opening celebration on Saturday. You’ll also see the history of a few of West Seattle’s bigger fires, like this one a century ago:

We also noticed this souvenir of sorts from a big fire 21 years ago:

Even a memory from West Seattle’s short-lived history as a city all its own:

The exhibit’s guest curator Bob Carney was among those talking with visitors on Saturday:

Jeff McCord – executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, which is headquartered at the museum – was there too, and shared with us this photo of Seattle Fire personnel who visited on Friday night during a sneak peek.

You can see “Fired Up” – and the rest of what’s on display at the museum – Thursdays through Sundays, noon-4 pm, at 61st and Stevens [see a map here]. Admission is free (suggested donation $3 adults, $1 kids; SWSHS is an independent nonprofit).

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FOLLOWUP: Morgan Junction mural progress http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-morgan-junction-mural-progress/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-morgan-junction-mural-progress/#comments Sat, 26 May 2018 03:12:37 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917765

Passing through Morgan Junction this afternoon, we spotted muralist Bob Henry continuing his work restoring the mural on the west wall of the Peel & Press/Starbucks/Pet Elements/West Seattle Vision/Subway building, so we stopped to check in.

It’s been about two weeks since he started. Check out how bright and clear the mural is looking!

It depicts a late-1930s scene across California SW, where West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is now, with the homes of north Gatewood Hill behind it. As announced in front of the mural a week and a half ago, the restoration of this almost-30-years-old mural is intended to spark restoration of the others painted around that time in The Junction.

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Alki Point Lighthouse tours start this weekend – but only one day per week this year http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/alki-point-lighthouse-tours-start-this-weekend-but-only-one-day-per-weekend-this-year/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/alki-point-lighthouse-tours-start-this-weekend-but-only-one-day-per-weekend-this-year/#comments Wed, 23 May 2018 22:47:10 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917500

(2015 photo by Long Bach Nguyen)

We just confirmed with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary that Alki Point Lighthouse tours will start this weekend, as is customary. But there’s one big change this year – they’ll be offering the free tours only one day per weekend, on Sunday afternoons. The time window will be 1-4 pm as usual, and you need to be there by 3:45 pm to get in before the day’s tours end. New here? The lighthouse is right on the point, just before Alki Avenue SW turns into Beach Drive SW [map]. Check the lighthouse website before you go, in case of cancellation (and we’ll update our calendar when we get word, too). Last scheduled tour of the season will be Sunday of Labor Day weekend (September 2nd). P.S. For the lighthouse’s history, check the story we published when its centennial was celebrated five years ago.

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TOMORROW: Southwest Stories spotlights architect Arthur Loveless, with a bonus! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/tomorrow-southwest-stories-spotlights-architect-arthur-loveless-with-a-bonus/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/tomorrow-southwest-stories-spotlights-architect-arthur-loveless-with-a-bonus/#comments Sun, 20 May 2018 02:10:53 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917197 (Photo by Eric Dennon, Dennon Photography)

With so many older homes (at least, older as the West Coast goes!) in our neighborhoods, do you ever wonder about the stories behind them? Tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Seattle Public Library present the stories behind an architect who designed homes in many Seattle neighborhoods, Arthur Loveless – and this time, it’s not just a talk, you’ll also be invited on a post-talk tour! It’s the next Southwest Stories event, 2 pm Sunday at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, featuring Susan Shorett, whose great-grandmother was Loveless’s sister. From the announcement:

(Loveless’s) iconic Tudor Revivalist style helped shape many of Seattle’s earliest neighborhoods. Susan and her cousin documented the most thorough list to date of Loveless’s body of work which totals over 100 residential and commercial properties. In 2017, they formulated the idea to document as many of his designs in an attempt to help preserve his architectural legacy in a book of photography of his work as the properties look today.

Susan will be joined by the book’s photographer, Eric Dennon (of Dennon Photography). The two of them will be talking about Arthur Loveless’ body of work, and will show a presentation of the beautiful photography that will be appearing in the upcoming book.

After the talk, everyone there will be invited to a nearby home that Loveless designed a little over a century ago for someone who had “long been heavily involved in early real estate development in West Seattle,” via the West Seattle Land and Improvement Company. It’s all free; the library branch is at 2306 42nd SW, and the tour address will be provided at the event.

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VIDEO: ‘The West Seattle story will live on,’ thanks to Adah Cruzen’s gift toward restoring the murals her husband made happen http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/the-west-seattle-story-will-live-on-thanks-to-adah-cruzens-gift-toward-restoring-the-murals-her-husband-made-happen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/the-west-seattle-story-will-live-on-thanks-to-adah-cruzens-gift-toward-restoring-the-murals-her-husband-made-happen/#comments Wed, 16 May 2018 02:55:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916801 (Adah Cruzen, left, with Lora Swift and photo of Earl Cruzen)

Story by Tracy Record
Photos by Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

The “father of West Seattle’s murals,” Earl Cruzen, was there not only in spirit but also in photo as his widow Adah Cruzen announced a big gift toward their restoration.

“He left me a bunch of zeroes,” Adah Cruzen quipped about her husband, who died last year at age 96. Five of them were on the ceremonial $100,000 check displayed this afternoon, as she joined community leaders at the foot of the mural that’s being restored right now in Morgan Junction.

The announcement was hosted by Lora Swift of the West Seattle Junction Association and Dan Austin of Peel & Press, whose restaurant is in the building that’s home to the Morgan mural that artist Bob Henry is now working on. (Added: Video of the event:)

As it began, both Swift and local journalist/historian Clay Eals told the story of the murals – 11 in all – that were painted in West Seattle between 1989 and 1993.

Swift said the money – plus community contributions, with a crowdfunding campaign to come – would “restart, restore, refinish” and return the murals’ historic scenes to West Seattle in all their glory.

Eals explained that he was the president of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s board at the time of the mural project.

“We were in the midst of history fever in West Seattle,” he explained, for a variety of reasons, and The Junction – home to 10 of the murals – “needed a tonic.” Earl Cruzen was inspired by murals he had seen traveling along the Northwest coast, as far north as British Columbia, and he had a “vision and a mission” to bring murals to West Seattle. So he “brought people together” while finding walls and money and artists. “The murals are his most prominent gift to our community.” They won awards, too, and played a big role in the final award of Earl Cruzen’s life, the 2014 Orville Rummel Trophy for Community Service, which Adah Cruzen carried in that year’s West Seattle Grand Parade (Earl was on doctor’s orders to stay home):

(2014 photo by Steve Fuller)

With the gift to the murals’ future, Eals said today, “Now, the murals will have new life … today is proof the West Seattle story will live on.”

It’s an “essential project,” agreed Jeff McCord, who succeeded Eals as executive director of the Historical Society. He also expressed hope of new future murals featuring historical West Seattle scenes – perhaps the Duwamish people, perhaps the truck farmers of Westwood.

Also at the podium, Dan Austin recalled how it’s been two and a half years since he started talking about getting the Morgan mural restored. Above him, Bob Henry – first introduced last month as the restoration artist – continued to work:

“Art is alive in West Seattle!” Austin exclaimed jubilantly, not only because of the restoration project but because of new work – Graves “Desmond” Hansen‘s signal boxes, starting with the Jimi Hendrix portrait just yards away; Jesse Link, with work on 3 West Seattle buildings so far – too. He said his simple goal was to save the Morgan mural and to perhaps set up a “blueprint” for “someone” to save others – and then he partnered with Swift, and the rest was, well, history. He also thanked major contributors toward the Morgan restoration, including building owner Frank Genzale and Ken Olsen, longtime proprietor of a drugstore in the building, who was at the announcement with daughter Pam:

As Morgan Community Association vice president Phil Tavel (below with MoCA president Deb Barker, and Austin in the background) enthused, “It’s a great moment for West Seattle!”

So what’s next? The Morgan restoration has more than a week of work to go. The other mural work is not yet scheduled, and is likely to cost a total of $195,000, so it’s now more than halfway to its goal, with crowdfunding and other fundraising measures ahead – you’ll hear more about those before the end of the month.

P.S. From the Junction Association, a full list of the murals:

Mural #1: West Seattle Ferries by Bill Garnet
4707 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #2: The Junction by Eric Grohe
4747 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #3: Midnight Call by Don Barrie (removed in 2016)
4713 44TH AVE SW

Mural #4: Mosquito Boat Landing by Susan Tooke
4554 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #5: The First Duwamish Bridge by Robert Dafford
4740 44TH AVE SW

Mural #6: Morgan Street Market by Bruce Rickett
6501 CALIFORNIA AVE SW 98136

Mural #7: Alki in the Twenties by Bruce Rickett (re-created in 2016)
4755 FAUNTLEROY WAY SW

Mural #8: Tuesday Bank Day by Alan Wylie
4501 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #9: The Hi Yu Parade by Lanny Little
4412 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #10: The Old Mud Hole by Mike Svob
4520 44TH AVE SW

Mural #11: Press Day by Alan Wylie
4727 44TH AVE SW

There’s more backstory on the murals here.

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FOLLOWUP: Work begins on Morgan Junction mural http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-work-begins-on-morgan-junction-mural/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-work-begins-on-morgan-junction-mural/#comments Sun, 13 May 2018 01:37:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916563

Thanks to Meyer for the photo: A little over two weeks after we reported that the project to save West Seattle’s murals would kick off with restoration of the one in Morgan Junction, the artist is at work. Meyer spotted Gig Harbor artist Bob Henry at work today on the mural behind the California/Fauntleroy building that houses five businesses including Peel and Press, whose proprietor Dan Austin is spearheading this part of the project. We expect to hear more next week about broader plans for restoring more of West Seattle’s murals.

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YOU CAN HELP! Home of West Seattle’s history needs your help in the near future http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/you-can-help-home-of-west-seattles-history-needs-your-help-in-the-near-future/ Wed, 02 May 2018 16:31:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915502

(WSB file photo, past spring cleanup at Log House Museum)

The home of West Seattle’s history – including a collection of more than 14,000 historical artifacts and archives – is getting ready for the summer season and would love help from you. 10 am-2 pm this Saturday (May 5th), it’s annual spring cleanup time at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s Log House Museum. From museum manager Valerie Kendall:

We need help to:

· clean the museum exterior

· clean windows

· brush off cobwebs

· repair our fence

· building a community board and more!

Just show up on Saturday – if you have questions before then, you can e-mail Valerie at museum@loghousemuseum.org. The museum is at 3003 61st SW.

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Morgan Junction mural to be restored soon: ‘Spark to help save the others’ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/morgan-junction-mural-to-be-restored-soon-spark-to-help-save-the-others/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/morgan-junction-mural-to-be-restored-soon-spark-to-help-save-the-others/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:57:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915025 (WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

After years of planning and discussion, the next step toward restoring West Seattle’s murals will soon go from plans and hopes to reality.

We first reported in October 2015 that Dan Austin, owner of Peel and Press in Morgan Junction, was leading a project to save the mural on the west side of the California/Fauntleroy building that holds his business and four others.

It’s been a long road but that road reached one big milestone back in January, when the Morgan Community Association committed money to the restoration project. Then, another milestone this week, when the muralist who will restore it got his first look at it.

(L-R, Lora Swift, Deb Barker, Phil Tavel, Dan Austin, Bob Henry, Clay Eals)

He is Bob Henry from Gig Harbor, and we were there as he visited the mural Tuesday with Austin, MoCA’s president and vice president Deb Barker and Phil Tavel, and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s executive director Jeff McCord and past ED Clay Eals, plus Lora Swift of the West Seattle Junction Association, which is working toward restoration of the Junction murals too.

Though a long-gone group called the Junction Development Committee led the mural effort almost three decades ago, the murals now basically belong to the buildings where they were painted, and that has already led to some changes and losses – we reported two years ago on the removal of one mural, “Midnight Call,” because of unfixable rot. Another mural was re-created on a wall at The Whittaker (WSB sponsor) after the teardown of the building where it was painted. Other Junction murals have been tagged – like this one, “First Duwamish Bridge,” which got an unofficial partial restoration thanks to a mystery artist, but needs a lot more help. One Junction mural has already been restored – the one on the Post Office, more than a decade ago – but just one.

Back to the Morgan mural:

As Austin put it on Tuesday, they hope to “use this one as a spark to help save the others.” The owners of the building have given their blessing and do not expect to redevelop it for a long time; they also are contributing to the restoration effort. The reason this one mural was painted outside The Junction was that Ken Olsen, owner at the time of Olsen’s Drug Store in the building, was heavily involved in the community and “wanted something here.” It was painted in 1990 by Nova Scotia muralist Bruce Rickett:

Restoration organizers found him and he said that he couldn’t help due to health challenges, but also gave his blessing to the idea of restoration.

The wall will require washing before painting, and that is expected to take off some of the paint; photos will help Henry restore those spots, and the original colors. But if you happen to have any photos of the mural, especially from its early days, that could help (more on that at story’s end).

Henry, by the way, says he has a long history as a wall painter, including commercial work. You can see his work at muralmastersnw.com. This mural was painted directly onto the brick/mortar wall, and that presents some challenges, but it will be coated before and after restoration (which will also protect it from vandalism).

Henry estimates the work will take about two weeks; it’s likely to happen this summer. But the money raised so far is not completely covering the cost yet, so Austin expects to launch a fundraising campaign soon.

It will be teamwork with WSJA, which will serve as the nonprofit fiscal agent for the fundraising. And, as WSJA’s Swift said during a conversation at Peel and Press before the mural inspection on Tuesday, there’s hope that this all may result in a “plug and play” outline for other projects, “giving people the tools to be successful.” And the group also is well aware that murals aren’t just a thing of the past – West Seattle has had a recent renaissance in mural-painting, from Jesse Link‘s work, to Graves “Desmond” Hansen‘s signal-box murals (the first of which is right across the Fauntleroy/California intersection from the soon-to-be-restored mural):

The organizers hope this all will grow into a community-embraced initiative.

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW: Though crowdfunding won’t start for a few weeks, Austin says, “We can accept personal pledges for the project and people could contact me at Dan@peelandpressws.com.”

Also – got photos of this mural or any of West Seattle’s others? “We would also love to enlist the help of any one who may have old photos of the murals or are willing to go out and take good quality photos of the murals so we can document their condition. The website MuralsofWestSeattle.org will be live within a few days and we would love to start populating it with more photos.” Same email address.

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Going on this year’s West Seattle Garden Tour? You’ll be helping with seven projects, including saving a Junction mural http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/going-on-this-years-west-seattle-garden-tour-youll-be-helping-with-seven-projects-including-saving-a-junction-mural/ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:14:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914039 (WSB photo, taken this morning)

That’s the “Mosquito Fleet” mural on the east side of the city-landmark Campbell Building in the heart of The Junction – vandalized and fading, but now slated for some help. The West Seattle Garden Tour (coming up on June 24th) has announced its 2018 beneficiaries – the nonprofit efforts that will get grants from the tour’s proceeds – and one is the West Seattle Junction Association, with the money earmarked specifically for restoration of that mural. The other beneficiaries will be:

*ArtsWest (for its Theater Education Program)
*The Arboretum at South Seattle College (for a new message hub and kiosk)
*Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden (for the design and construction of a Victory Garden)
*Little Red Hen Project (for an artistic and functional trellis in its “Winter Feast Garden”)
*PlantAmnesty (to help fund its 10th annual Urban Forest Symposium)
*Seattle Chinese Garden on Puget Ridge (to enhance it with three varieties of camellias)

You’ll find more information about the beneficiaries are on the WSGT website. WSGT expects to raise more than $26,000 for the seven projects, through tour tickets (which you can buy online right now), the tour-day raffle, and sponsorship revenue.

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FOLLOWUP: Bruce Stotler finalizes his gift to Schmitz Park’s future http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/followup-bruce-stotler-finalizes-his-gift-to-schmitz-parks-future/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/followup-bruce-stotler-finalizes-his-gift-to-schmitz-parks-future/#comments Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:17:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909038

Six weeks after the City Council signed off on the deal for Bruce Stotler‘s Schmitz Park-neighboring property, so that it’ll eventually become part of the park, he signed the final paperwork in a small ceremony at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum headquarters.

With Stotler in the celebratory photo above are, from left, Chip Nevins from Seattle Parks, Vicki Schmitz-Block, former City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen – who had worked for years to help make it happen – and SWSHS vice president Nancy Sorensen. The photos are courtesy of SWSHS executive director Jeff McCord, who says, “The Southwest Seattle Historical Society was pleased to host the signing at the Log House Museum, and we believe property owner Bruce Stotler is doing a great thing for our West Seattle community!” Backstory is in our previous coverage – here, here, and here.

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‘Heart-bombing’ planned for C & P Coffee Company, day before Valentine’s Day http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/heart-bombing-planned-for-c-p-coffee-company-day-before-valentines-day/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/heart-bombing-planned-for-c-p-coffee-company-day-before-valentines-day/#comments Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:54:22 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907989 (Photo provided by Historic Seattle, from Bungalow Magazine, September 1913, via Seattle Public Library)

Embedded below is a slideshow provided by Historic Seattle, showing its past “heart-bombing” events – shared as they plan one for West Seattle’s C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor):

The fate of C & P’s site at 5612 California SW remains undetermined, four weeks after its owners put it on the market, with C & P subsequently crowdfunding and working to muster a counter-offer. (Nothing to announce when we last checked in with them.)

If you’re a C & P fan, you’re invited to join in what Historic Seattle has planned. The organization’s announcement explains that heart-bombing is …

… a form of advocacy, a fun and creative way to bring people together and raise awareness about what’s cherished in a community — places both safe and threatened– with homemade valentines that serve as a sort of love letter to places that matter. This February, groups and individuals across the country will be heart-bombing the places that matter to them. To join in, you craft up a valentine and then go out and show some love for the places that matter to you. Next you take a picture, and share on social media using #heartbombSEA and #IHeartSavingPlaces to be a part of the local and nationwide love fest.

On February 8 from 4-6 pm, we are hosting a heart-bomb valentine craftmaking “party” at our headquarters on First Hill. Following that, on February 13 from noon-1 PM, Historic Seattle staff and other advocates will be gathering to heart-bomb C & P Coffee (and take a group photo).

This isn’t a surprise party – C & P already knows. You’re welcome to be there on the 13th whether or not you make it to the craft party five days earlier (Historic Seattle, by the way, is at 1117 Minor Ave.) – or, if you can’t be there in person, you can drop off your Valentine at C & P before then.

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NEW EXHIBIT: ‘Navigating to Alki’ opening reception @ Log House Museum http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/happening-now-navigating-to-alki-opening-reception-log-house-museum/ Sun, 04 Feb 2018 02:12:31 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907927

Good crowd at the Log House Museum for the opening of its new exhibit, “Navigating to Alki,” with tonight’s reception continuing until 7 pm.

The focus is on maps of our area – dating back to the Native traditions of keeping “mental maps,” continuing through the earliest printed maps of the area in the 1700s, and on to the early 1900s, including this map showing former cities (including West Seattle) annexed to Seattle during that time:

The exhibit also includes a sound backdrop – the sea! – and some items you’re invited to touch.

Amy Gorton is the museum’s manager:

The museum is in the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s historic log-house headquarters, 61st and Stevens, half a block inland from Alki Beach. If you miss this – go see “Navigating to Alki” during the museum’s regular hours, noon-4 pm Thursdays-Sundays – it’s scheduled to be on display until September.

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REUNION! West Seattle High School Class of ’68 sets celebration date for 50th http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/reunion-west-seattle-high-school-class-of-68-sets-celebration-date-for-50th/ Sun, 04 Feb 2018 00:01:56 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907914 Continuing our series of reunion announcements arriving in the WSB inbox, the half-century milestone for West Seattle High School’s Class of 1968 is approaching:

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968 50TH REUNION

We have set a date! Our 50 th reunion will be on Saturday June 2, 2018. We chose this date so that folks coming from out of town could attend the All School Reunion held at West Seattle High School prior to our get-together.

So here are the details so far.

Location of the 50th reunion will be the Brockey Center at South Seattle College. Address is
6000 16th Ave. SW.

Social Hour 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM

We decided to use the Brockey Center again (this is the location that we had our 40 th reunion)
for a few reasons the best reason is we felt we could get more bang for our dollar at this venue.

This venue allows us to bring our own beverages of choice (BYOB). The Brockey Center will
provide glasses, ice and mixers.

We do not have a cost or price yet but should have all of that information in early spring along
with the invite emails.

We are trying to get the word out early for the best possible attendance of classmates!

If you want to be a member of the planning committee you can contact John Herron at
johnshelleyherron@gmail.com

We will post more detailed information after the 50th reunion committee has completed the planning process.

See you all on June 2, 2018 at the Brockey Center!

Reunion coming up? We’d be happy to announce yours too – e-mail the info to editor@westseattleblog.com -thank you!

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VIDEO: One more step to go in Hamm Building landmark process http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/video-one-more-step-to-go-in-hamm-building-landmark-process/ Sat, 27 Jan 2018 00:11:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907315 1937photo

Next Monday, the full City Council has the final vote on what’s known as the “controls and incentives” agreement that’s the final step of the city-landmark process for the Hamm Building on the NW corner of California/Alaska in the West Seattle Junction. That follows a committee discussion and vote this past Wednesday that had one twist of note.

At 16:15 into that Seattle Channel video of the Finance and Neighborhoods Committee meeting, the committee gets briefed on the agreements for a new landmark downtown and for the Hamm Building (known officially as the Crescent-Hamm Building for two of its original tenants). The agreement finalizes what part of the property is protected – “the exterior of the building.” (You can read it here.) At the table with Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw and Bruce Harrell, and Erin Doherty from the city Landmark Preservation staff, was Tracey Hsia, a member of the family that owns the Hamm Building. Before the vote, Harrell said he’s always interested in feedback on the landmarking process. Hsia replied by saying that her family, which has owned the 92-year-old building for more than 35 years, “kind of felt like we were attacked” – the landmark designation was proposed by community organizations, and had so much support that they felt there was “no way we could fight it.” She stressed, however, that the family had, and has, no plans to make changes (aside from having a new tenant moving into the ex-Corner Pocket space next month, as noted here).

Also speaking at Wednesday’s meeting (at 5:42 in the video, during the public-comment period) was Jeff McCord, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, which played a key role in the process of pursuing landmark designations for the Hamm Building and for the Campbell Building across the street. Monday’s final vote is expected during the 2 pm full council meeting at City Hall.

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AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle ‘log house’ on the move to its new home http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/happening-now-west-seattle-log-house-on-the-move-to-its-new-home/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/happening-now-west-seattle-log-house-on-the-move-to-its-new-home/#comments Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:33:16 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902630

11:33 PM: Exactly one year after first word it might be saved … nine months after word it WOULD be saved … a century-plus-old “log house” is on the move. As we’ve shown you, it’s been trimmed down and jacked up in recent weeks, and now in the hours ahead, starting right after midnight, the house rescuers of Nickel Bros will be moving it north, mostly on California SW, from SW Findlay to its new east Admiral location. We’ll be updating along the way.

11:52 PM: Monitoring & escorting vehicles continue arriving. Also, Jeff McCord, the SW Seattle Historical Society executive director who had previously been with Nickel Bros, is here. He says they estimate the move will take 4 hours.

12:10 AM: Jeff (in hard hat, above)tells us the departure onto California will be closer to 12:30.

12:35 AM: And it’s off!

NB on California.

1 AM: This is moving fairly fast. Already through The Junction – our video is from California/Oregon.

1:10 AM: Now approaching Charlestown. (Our video above is from just south of there, at Andover.)

1:15 AM: We’ve gone a few blocks ahead to wait at Hanford, where our understanding is that the house will make the turn eastward here.

1:35 AM:
Proceeding very very slowly up this last block before Hanford.

1:51 AM: Now at Hanford, and doing some delicate maneuvering to get in position to head directly east onto the street, past St. John the Baptist.

1:56 AM: Up the hill it goes, off the California SW straightaway and into residential streets.

2:35 AM: Two hours since the departure from California/Findlay. Very slow going on Hanford because of trees in the planting strips …

Crew members are pushing them back to make room for the house’s full width.

2:57 AM: The house made it past that section and is now moving more quickly east on Hanford, Meantime, thanks to Derek for this aerial view of the house moving past Manning on California earlier:

One of the officers escorting the house tells us it will be backing into its final turn one more block from here.

3:09 AM: This last bit of movement will be an art more than a spectacle, so we’re pulling out and will come back after dawn to see the house on its new site.

11:51 AM: The house still has to be placed into its new spot off Fairmount north of Hanford – we went by a little while ago and it’s still attached to the Nickel Bros truck that carried it there overnight. That section of Fairmount is blocked off with “road closed” signage in the meantime.

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