Vintage Seattle dug up this amazing image of the point where Pike becomes E Pike from way back in 1902. VS has kindly permitted us to share their find from the Washington State Digital Archives here on CHS. We’ve provided a before and after set for the view below and a few callout images from the high resolution version of the image you can zoom in and pan around on over at the Vintage Seattle site. There is lots to be inspired by in the image including at least two good business names that surely deserve revival. Vintage Seattle comments are filled with more historical detail, too. The apartment building is still there, of course, and is currently home to Uncle Elizabeth’s Cafe.
This dapper gentleman is in a hurry. Just like dapper gentlemen today! UPDATE: Also just realized that this image documents the proud tradition of taking a little bit of your life in your hands in order to cross Pike. Good luck, 1902 pedestrian.
Look, they even had neighborhood bloggers on the Hill in 1902 to carry their dirty laundry around for them. Handy.
Streetcar. We should get one of those. The wires look familiar.
They kicked it roof down at the turn of the 20th century.
Hill style. Also, Hotel Reynolds sounds like a good name for a bar.
You can barely read it, but that sign says Golden Sheaf. A bakery. Perhaps there should be another Golden Sheaf Bakery on Capitol Hill someday. You’ll also note that just past the Golden Sheaf is a sign proclaiming ROOMS where the current home of Club Z exists today — perhaps another element that hasn’t totally changed.