1905 Seward building in red, 1895 in b&w on the right (Paul Dorpat photo colorized by 7 year old)
Part 1: Jennie Lombard, Eastlake’s first principal
TOPS is a K-8 school with an extensive history dating to the Klondike Gold Rush era. I recently met with a group of 1st to 3rd graders to share what I knew about Jennie Lombard, the very first principal of the first school at TOPS, and other details from the school’s history.
After we made collages, I took them on a tour of the many different parts of Eastlake’s K-8 school.
The oldest piece of TOPS opened in 1895 as the Denny-Fuhrman School and is on the state historic register. It was later expanded and moved, then moved again, then went through a few changes in use and is now the cafeteria. Continue reading
- 1888 Plat of Werett’s Addition to the City of Seattle
- 1905 Baist map of Werett’s Addition
- Werett’s Addition in 1912 Baist page 4
- Animation of change to UMadBro, the Madison-Broadway-Union triangle (Tom Heuser)
This is the start of a history of 953 E Union, that rundown building at Union and Broadway Court destined for demolition.
It is easy to miss that old house. Its walls, roof, doors, and windows are all painted in a particularly unnoticeable black. If not for the simple, unexpressive sign hanging outside none of us would know it held Complete Automotive Detail for many years.
It is much older than the city thinks, though: 1900 rather than 1918. A close look at its history reveals a surprising view into early settlement, residential development, and the rise and staying power of Auto Row.
In Part 1 we’ll look at how the surrounding streets came to be. Until recently, it’s an area no one needed to talk about for decades, surrounded by Union, Madison, and Broadway. Let’s call it UMadBro. Continue reading
- Jennie Lombard’s class at South School in 1889. She’s on the top right, #30 (Seattle Public Library spl_shp_22740)
- Seward School first graders, 1968-1969 school year (Seattle Schools Archive 271-376)
- Child’s collage of copies of archival TOPS/Seward School material
- Zoom of Jennie Lombard (Seattle Public Library spl_shp_22740)
- 1905 Seward building in red, 1895 in b&w on the right (Paul Dorpat photo colorized by 7 year old)
- Seward School students get out the vote (Seattle Schools Archive 271-180)
I recently had the opportunity to lead a learning activity at TOPS K-8. The school is located at Boylston and Roanoke — some would call that Eastlake, others might say it’s on the side of Capitol Hill. Originally opened as Denny-Fuhrman School, it was renamed to Seward in the early 1900s and is today called The Option Program at Seward and is better known as TOPS K-8.
I named the session “Old School TOPS.” A handful of 1st to 3rd graders joined me to learn about the school’s history, make art projects with old photos, and explore the different sections of the school.
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At the beginning of the event, I shared information with the students about the first school’s first principal, Jennie Lombard. Continue reading