13th Ave E: Cradle of Obamacracy

Wrote recently about a Capitol Hill mystery. History records that Barack Obama spent a short portion of his infancy on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. The mystery — where on the hill did baby Barack and his mother Ann Dunham make their home? Get ready to install a historical plaque at 516 13th Ave E. Capitol Hill Times says a document in the Seattle Public Library places a “Mrs. Anna Obama” at that address in 1961.

Recently located was a listing for Stanley Ann Obama in the 1961 Polk directory at the Seattle Public Library: “Obama Anna Mrs studt h516 13th Ave. E. apt. 2”


The apartment house was in the 500 block of 13th Avenue East between East Republican and Mercer streets, but it no longer exists.

Here’s what you’ll see in the are today. Add another dot to your Capitol Hill Obama tour map.

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