Capitol Hill’s Rainier Chapter House plans a Revolution-ary celebration of its new historic status

By Tim Kukes for CHS

The Rainier Chapter House in the Harvard-Belmont District of Capitol Hill, the meeting hall for the Rainier Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was built in 1925.  This spring, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

That’s not just something that just happens. Someone must care, and someone must do the work.

“We’ve been talking about it for a few years.  Our current regent – regent is kind of the top person of the chapter, runs the meetings and whatnot – she just kind of put it into full throttle last July,” said Diana Prigger, 1st Vice Regent of the Rainier Chapter.

The process is time consuming and involves a lot of documentation.  At one time the nomination form was 41 pages, according to Cindy Johnson-Sakuma, Regent of the Rainier Chapter. They managed to cut it down to 31 pages.

”When you first look at it you think, ‘oh, well, this is no problem,’ and it kind of like just grows,” Johnson-Sakuma said. Continue reading

Harvard Belmont District Tour: The Rich Life on Capitol Hill

Have your cake and gossip too as we visit Seattle’s only residential Landmark District featuring a wealth of upscale, early 20th century architecture. Harvard/Belmont is a veritable portfolio of the finest designers of the day: Charles Platt of New York and Hornblower and Marshall of Washington, D.C., as well as prominent area architects, including John Graham, Sr., Charles Bebb and Carl Gould, Kirtland Cutter, Andrew Willatsen, Arthur Loveless, Freed Anhalt, and A. H. Albertson. They provided innovative plans, a high level of craftsmanship and beautifully landscaped courtyards, which gives this neighborhood its distinctive character.

Tickets are free, but will sell out, so please register to confirm your spot!  The tour will be offered at 10 and 11 am on May 4.

Other free tours are also offered this day, as part of Sights of Seattle. Get to know your city through the lens of architecture on this weekend of free walking tours. Whether you’re new to Seattle or have lived here all of your life, we invite you to discover new things about the city you call home. Put on your walking shoes, grab a camera and embark on your own architecture adventure by joining one or more of our many tour options including several downtown tours or tours of our treasured neighborhoods.

More Info on Free Tours:  https://seattlearchitecture.strangertickets.com/events/94201798/sights-of-seattle

Harvard Belmont/J. McKean

 

‘A sense of home’ on Capitol Hill: a look inside the new Consulate of Mexico in Seattle

Two times a week, its legal protection team visits many of the some 200 immigrant women — most mothers separated from their children —  currently held in the SeaTac Federal Detention Center.

“This is something we work on every single day,” Roberto Dondisch, general consul at the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle, tells CHS.

But like many efforts at the consulate, the team’s work is not about politics or trying to change Trump administration policies. Instead the team checks in on the women’s well-being, helps connect them to lawyers and organizations that can help, and is there to make sure its citizens retain their human rights.

“We are very active,” Dondisch said. “Everybody has the right to ask for protection.” Continue reading

Street Critic | Kerry Hall, a palace on the Hill

Kerry Hall East Elevation (Image: John Feit)

One of my favorite Capitol Hill buildings is Kerry Hall, home of Cornish College for the Arts’s Dance and Music departments, on the corner of Harvard Ave E and E Roy. The sole extant building of Cornish’s original Capitol Hill campus, Kerry Hall was built in 1921 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style and was designed by Seattle architect A. H. Albertson. Its Mediterranean-inspired design reminds me of the work one of my favorite American architects, Irving Gill, as well as one of my favorite buildings, the Doge’s Palace on the Venetian Lagoon, in Venice, Italy. Kerry Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Continue reading

Clever Cook Weaver: Now hosting nightly Capitol Hill ‘dinner party’

The “inauthentic Eurasian” tagline isn’t the only thing clever going on at Cook Weaver, newly opened in Capitol Hill’s historic and really quite lovely Loveless Building.

“We’ve been in here every day for three months,” front of house guy Nile Klein tells CHS. “When I see people walk by, I go out, introduce myself, tell them what we’re up to, and give tastes.”

One by one, Klein and chef Zac Reynolds — the back of house guy — have already won the neighbors in the slice of Capitol Hill including the dense cliffs of I-5 Shores and the stately avenues of the Harvard-Belmont district.

The new restaurant opened for business Saturday with hopes of creating a new dining experience north of the Broadway core that is just clever enough to be intriguing to draw in the increasingly competitive Capitol Hill food and drink scene while still giving neighbors a place to call their own. Continue reading

Capitol Hill man walking his dog dies after being struck by driver at Belmont/Bellevue

The intersection where Wednesday's collision occurred (Image: CHS)

The intersection where Wednesday’s collision occurred (Image: CHS)

Max Richards at a playwriting class one week before he died. (Image: Marilyn Black)

Max Richards at a playwriting class one week before he died. (Image courtesy Marilyn Black with permission to CHS)

Max Richards was walking his Labrador Retriever Wednesday morning just blocks from his Capitol Hill apartment when the unthinkable happened.

As the 79-year-old and his dog walked across Belmont Ave E near Bellevue Place E, a vehicle struck Richards. He died later that evening from head injuries sustained in the collision. Pink, the dog, was unharmed. An officer who responded to the scene later told Richards’ wife Pink refused to leave the man’s side until he was taken to the hospital.

According to Seattle Police, the driver, a woman in her 40s, showed no signs of impairment. She was interviewed and released pending further investigation. A SPD spokesperson told CHS further details on the incident are not yet publicly available as the investigation in ongoing.

Marilyn Black, Richards’ wife of 20 years, told CHS her husband loved to walk around the neighborhood and make his daily stop inside nearby Barjot for a croissant. “It was a beautiful fall morning, I bet he just felt on top of the world,” Black said. Continue reading

Meet the Harvard Ave Neighbors mounting a fight against microhousing

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This probably isn't the first Capitol Hill triplex you'd choose to start a legal battle over (Image: King County records)

This probably isn’t the first Capitol Hill triplex you’d choose to start a legal battle over (Image: King County records)

Lawyers and money: neighborhood activists in Capitol Hill are deploying a classic arsenal in their fight against local microhousing. At issue is how to count the number of units in a microhousing building and, as a consequence, whether a proposed project at 741 Harvard Ave E. is subject to design review. In the wake of a summer ruling that effectively stopped the project — and others like it — the Harvard developers are fighting back with an appeal that could put the development back in motion.

To keep that from happening, the Harvard Ave Neighbors group has lawyered-up to prevent the project from skipping the review process.

Organizer Larry Nicholas says at question is whether wealthy developers with “an unending amount of money to throw at a project” are subject to the same laws as everyone else. Continue reading