Capitol Hill Historical Society meeting for December 2017

Our meeting will begin with a 15-minute presentation from Patrice Carroll, Strategic Advisor at the City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development on the city’s plan to update Capitol Hill’s design guidelines. A 15-minute Q&A will follow the presentation.

Our agenda (subject to change)

Project Udpates:
1. Landmarks
2. Broadway, 1893 Arcgis
3. Photo scanning
4. Preservation policy research
5. Bylaws and 501c3 Status

Landmark nominations:
1. Bonney Watson
2. P.J. Sullivan House

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Capitol Hill Historical Society | Nagle Place created this month in history

On November 15, 1899 — one hundred and eighteen years ago this month — Nagle Place was dedicated by the Seattle City Council in ordinance 5630.

Where it’s at

Nagle Place is among the shortest streets in Seattle. It’s bounded by Pine Street on the south and Denny Way on the north, just three blocks long. It’s intersected only once, by Howell Street. The former Olive Street right of way brings a staircase down from Broadway which continues as a path through Cal Anderson Park to the east.

Nagle Place in the 1980s

Nagle Place in Kroll Map book at Seattle Public Utilities Engineering Vault, apparently updated through the 1980s

What’s a Nagle?

John H. Nagle came to Seattle in 1853 as the pioneers were first staking their land claims and filing “plats”, the first official maps of roads and property to be sold. The land that Nagle claimed was more than a mile northeast of the main town, centered on current Cal Anderson Park. He built a homestead and he worked a farm on the land.

We don’t know exactly what afflicted him, but in 1874 Nagle was committed to the Washington Territory Insane Asylum, deemed a “dangerous man”. His stay at the asylum was funded by renting and then slowly selling his property. Continue reading