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Neighborhood Inventories

These neighborhood inventories are accessible and easy to consult, however having been completed in 1976, they are only current up until that time. A small summary map shows the general layout of the neighborhood, while a large color map provides many details not found on any city map. Three photo galleries feature photographs and brief descriptions of Common Building Types, Significant Buildings, and Urban Design Elements, individually numbered and keyed to the map for easy locatability. Artists' renderings offer evocative neighborhood scenes. Finally, two extended written texts provide a general description of the neighborhood and a concise history. Neighborhood Inventories may be purchased for $5.00 each at Historic Seattle's office. Call (206) 622-6952 or email # for information.

Alki/ Admiral Neighborhood Inventory cover.

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Alki/ Admiral

  • Site of area's first settlers
  • Geographically isolated, across Elliott Bay from downtown Seattle
  • Wide, sandy beaches and wonderful views
  • Steep, densely wooded terrain
  • A rare mix of big city, small town, scenic countryside and seaside retreat

 

Ballard Neighborhood Inventory cover

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Ballard

  • Scandinavian Heritage
  • The Ballard waterfront: old mills, commercial fisheries, and shipbuildersBallard Avenue: an old-fashioned, small town Main Street
  • The Ship Canal and the Ballard Locks, with its lovely gardens and fish ladder
  • Golden Gardens Park, with its forested hillsides and wide, sandy beaches

 

Out of Print

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Capitol Hill

  • Millionaire's Row
  • Many old churches and other historic buildings
  • Volunteer Park and Conservatory: a wonderful hilltop view of the entire city
  • Broadway: many fine shops and independent businesses

 

Central Area Neighborhood Inventory cover

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Central

  • Starting point of Skid Row
  • The city's oldest residential neighborhood
  • Racial and ethnic diversity dating from the 1890s
  • Many fine examples of early Seattle architecture
  • Classic churches, synagogues, and community buildings
  • Abundant open spaces

 

Denny Regrade Neighborhood Inventory cover

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Denny Regrade

  • Denny Hill was levelled by developers at the expense of homeowners
  • Eclectic mix of architectural styles
  • Seattle Center: Space Needle, Key Arena, Pacific Science Center
  • Belltown: new upscale shops and residential high-rises
  • Monorail from downtown to Seattle Center
  • Radio and Television studios

 

Eastlake/ Cascade Neighborhood Inventory cover

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Eastlake / Cascade

  • East shore of Lake Union
  • Architecture reflecting Scandinavian, Russian, and Greek heritage
  • Transition from residential to mixed land use
  • Industrial waterfront
  • Neighborhood of houseboats

 

First Hill Neighborhood Inventory cover

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First Hill

  • A once rich neighborhood swept away by the tides of progress
  • Small homes, commerce, brownstone apartments
  • Cabrini, Swedish, Providence, and Virginia Mason Hospitals
  • St. James Cathedral
  • Seattle University
  • Yesler Terrace: one of the most successful housing projects in the country

 

Fremont Neighborhood Inventory cover

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Fremont

  • Town established to support sawmills and iron works
  • Hillside neighborhoods with views of the mountains and the city
  • Industrial waterfront along northwest shore of Lake Union and the ship canal
  • Oldest existant school buildings in the city
  • Turn-of-the-century commercial buildings, public library, and Baptist church
  • Strong community identity and support for the arts
  • Annual Street Fair and Solstice Day Parade

 

Green Lake Neighborhood Inventory cover

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Green Lake

  • Formed by glaciers, the lake was partially drained to create surrounding parkland
  • Sloping, well-landscaped residential streets with views of the lake
  • Woodland Park: zoo, playfields, forest, gardens
  • Swimming, jogging, bicycling, fishing, and picnicking
  • Water sporting events
  • Green Lake shopping district among the city's most attractive

 

International District Neighborhood Inventory cover

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International District

  • Center for many ethnic groups: Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and (once upon a time) Native American, Italian, and African-American
  • Caligraphic signage, balconied brick buildings, traditional oriental lattice work, pagodas, and other buildings of oriental design
  • Kobe Terrace Park, featuring a Japanese snow viewing lantern
  • Many small parks, import shops and grocers, and ethnic restaurants
  • Chong Wa Benevolent Society, Chinese Baptist Church, Milwaukee Hotel, Astor Hotel

 

Madrona, Leschi, and Madison Park Neighborhood Inventory cover

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Madrona, Leschi, & Madison Park

  • Leschi was named after the Nisqually Indian Chief who favored the area's sheltered ravine for his summer camp
  • Eastern orientation towards Lake Washington
  • Abundant, heavily-wooded parklands
  • Predominantly residential character
  • Picturesquely landscaped streets
  • Old English Tudor, Georgian Revival, Victorian, and many other style homes
  • Proximity to Central Area
  • Public Beaches

 

Montlake Neighborhood Inventory cover

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Montlake

  • Small, close-knit residential neighborhood with tree-lined streets
  • Interlaken Park, Arboretum, Foster Island Trail, Lake Washington Canal, Portage Bay
  • Seattle Yacht Club, Museum of History and Industry, St. Demetrios Church
  • Close to University of Washington

 

Mount Baker Neighborhood Inventory cover

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Mount Baker

  • Turn-of-the-century planning resulted in one of the most successful residential developments in the city
  • Exclusively single-family homes
  • Parks, well-landscaped boulevards, curvilinear streets following topography
  • Finer homes on eastern slopes overlook Lake Washington
  • Modest homes on western slopes overlook Rainier Valley and Beacon Hill
  • Commercial development limited to a single area
  • Several buildings by Ellsworth Storey, one of Seattle's finest architects, including Mount Baker Community Club

 

Out of Print

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Queen Anne

  • Rising north of Seattle Center, Queen Anne Hill dominates the surrounding topography
  • First dubbed "Eden" by Seattle pioneer Thomas Mercer in 1853
  • Residential community with considerable variety of social, economic, stylistic, and topographic qualities
  • Several small viewpoint parks with panoramic views
  • Views, brownstone apartments, and businesses along Queen Anne Avenue provide an ambience to rival San Francisco's Telegraph Hill
  • Close in but relatively isolated because no thoroughfare to other places

 

University District Neighborhood Inventory cover

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University District

  • University Way: pedestrian-oriented business strip known as the "Ave"
  • Greek Row
  • Single-family, subdivided, and rooming houses
  • 1920s-era brick apartments and newer, motel-type apartments
  • University Tower Hotel, Safeco Building
  • City-within-a-city self-sufficiency

 

Wallingford Neighborhood Inventory cover

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Wallingford

  • South-facing slopes with views of Lake Union and downtown Seattle
  • Sawmills and gas, tar, asphalt, and ammonia works once lined the Lake Union shore - now they're memorialized by Gasworks Park
  • Waterfront industries, marinas, and boathouse neighborhoods
  • Wallingford Center, housed in old Interlake High School
  • The "Wallingford Bungalow"

 

 

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