‘The Intimate Values of Inside Space’ — Of course an art show mixed with a townhome open house is happening on Capitol Hill

At first glance, “The Intimate Values of Inside Space” sounds like your quintessential Capitol Hill Art Walk Valentine’s Day show.

The one-night exhibition, opening this Thursday during the monthly art walk at the new construction at 1532 15th Ave E, checks many of the typical boxes. It is curated by two local artists, Gabriel Molinaro and Alexander Keyes. And it groups together a group of great local artists, such as Jennifer Zwick, Philippe Hyojung Kim, Natasha Marin and local bands like Cumulus and Mahal. It also name-checks a French philosopher (Gaston Bachelard) along with a fancy-sounding concept (topoanalysis, in this case).

The Intimate Values of Inside Space

What’s peculiar, however, is its setting: six new construction townhouses. Hosted by Keyes, artist-turned-real-estate-agent, and real estate developers and investor company Build with Style, ‘The Intimate Values of Inside Space’ is also a real estate open house. Continue reading

After more than 140 years of burials, Capitol Hill’s Lake View Cemetery needs a new wall

Lake View still has room (Images: CHS)

Last week, CHS reported on Recompose, the Capitol Hill-birthed startup dedicated to rethinking what happens to our bodies after we die. As if Lake View Cemetery needed something else to worry about, the 147-year-old burial grounds are also in need of some costly repair.

The City of Seattle is reviewing a $1.5 million plan to replace the Capitol Hill cemetery’s dilapidated western retaining wall according to permit documents filed by the nonprofit association that runs the private grounds just north of Volunteer Park. Continue reading

Campaign against Confederate monuments targets memorial in Capitol Hill cemetery

UPDATE: Turns out, the billboard is located on 15th Ave above the 7-11

A nonprofit dedicated to educating the public “through a diverse array of independent media projects and programs” has included a controversial memorial in Capitol Hill’s Lake View Cemetery in a project formed to inspire the removal of ten Confederate memorials across the country.

The Make it Right project has targeted the Seattle memorial with a billboard along the Spokane Street Viaduct telling commuters about a Confederate memorial “in your backyard.” UPDATE: The organization behind the billboard mistakenly provided the address of the billboard company as the location of the new sign. It stands above the 7-11 at 15th and Denny. Continue reading

Confederate memorial in Capitol Hill cemetery vandalized once again

A monument to Confederate soldiers of the Civil War in the middle of Capitol Hill’s Lake View Cemetery has again been damaged.

The memorial was defaced on July 5 according to an employee at the cemetery who declined to comment any further. The monument has been defaced before. This time. several parts of the 10-ton piece of granite have been smashed, including a portion of the monument’s inscription, an insignia, and a relief of General Robert E. Lee atop a pair of crossed muskets. Continue reading

Museum calls for removal of Confederate memorial from Capitol Hill cemetery

The NW Museum of Legends and Lore will never completely leave Capitol Hill, it seems. Fresh off rejection by the City of Seattle for its permit for the annual Broadway Pride street festival,  the museum’s directors are leading the charge targeting, of all things, the United Confederate Veterans Memorial in Capitol Hill’s Lake View Cemetery.

Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson say they will be there Monday when a group including a former president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will call on the Seattle City Council to have the 92-year-old memorial removed from the 15th Ave E cemetery.

“The NW Museum of Legends and Lore has been requesting the monuments removal for the last two years,” the announcement reads. “We feel this will be a positive step forward for the generations who fought for unity, the current generation and future generations.” Continue reading

Happy Hilloween: Take a spooky hike through Capitol Hill’s Lake View Cemetery

"Cemetery crows" (Image: Kate Clark via Flickr)

“Cemetery crows” (Image: Kate Clark via Flickr)

After surviving the blood moon, we’re ready for a spooky stroll or two through Lake View Cemetery, Capitol Hill’s densely-packed final resting place full of famous and not so famous dead people. Pedestrian-friendly community org Feet First is leading a series of Haunted History Hike tours through the month of October:

On Thursdays and Saturdays through the month of October, let Feet First Neighborhood Walk Ambassadors take you on a stroll through the spookier side of Seattle. These 75-minute walks in historic Lake View Cemetery highlight the history and legends of Seattle’s pioneers, entrepreneurs and eccentrics.

Thursday’s tour starts at 3 PM. You can purchase $15 tickets for upcoming walks here. “Tours take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately,” Feet First notes.

Lake View is located at 1554 15th Ave E. If you’re considering your own tour, the cemetery is open “9am to dusk daily” with the gates closing around 6 PM this time of year. Also, boo!

Confederate memorial in Capitol Hill cemetery targeted

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

As the Charleston shootings have renewed and strengthened calls to eliminate the Confederate flag as a symbol of government in the southern United States, a Capitol Hill memorial to the soldiers of the Confederacy here in the Pacific Northwest has again been targeted.

Monday morning workers at 15th Ave E’s Lake View Cemetery were painstakingly scrubbing the porous granite of the United Confederate Veterans Memorial to remove a spray painted message against “white supremacy.”

The 89-year-old memorial hewn from a “10-ton” block of “Stone Mountain, Georgia” rock was created by the Seattle chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy reportedly with money raised at “Dixie Day” during the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Expo. Rather than some kind of early 20th Century historical revisionists, the group included the actual daughters and wives of Confederate soldiers living in Seattle. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Clampers visit Lake View Cemetery to mark Doc Maynard’s 207th


Maynard (Image: MOHAI)

Maynard (Image: MOHAI)

Old Doc Maynard and Mother Damnable heard a few words from friends Sunday as E Clampus Vitus Chapter No. 54-40 rumbled into 15th Ave E’s Lake View Cemetery to celebrate the birthday of the only Seattle founding father who might have been comfortable on today’s Capitol Hill.

David Swinson “Doc” Maynard’s gravestone — renewed and rededicated in 2003 — hosted the party in Lake View Sunday where the red-shirted and top-hatted Clampers gathered. The local chapter, which traces its roots to a social order built around the parody of the phony mysticism and very real classism of the Odd Fellows, took Maynard as its namesake. The Seattle pioneer was famous for many things associated with being one of the first white people to “settle” an area — but he is probably best remembered for some of the things you don’t always hear like his “friendly relations” with native populations and a more liberal attitude toward liquor and sex.

With Lake View and Capitol Hill’s history, you’ll likely see Doc Maynard Chapter 54-40 around the area a few times each year for the group’s work parties to help improve Seattle historical sites — or help name boats for Doc Maynard. You can learn more at ecv5440.com. Continue reading

Death and density: 40,000 and counting make Lake View their eternal Capitol Hill home

"Cemetery crows" (Image: Kate Clark via Flickr)

“Cemetery crows” (Image: Kate Clark via Flickr)

Mother Damnable turned to stone before she came to Capitol Hill. Mary Ann Conklin, who ran one of the city’s first hotels, and likely one of its first brothels, earned the name Mother Damnable for her foul mouth and the name Madame Damnable for her side job.

She’d been buried in what was a city cemetery and is now Denny Park after her death in 1873. By 1884, Seattle leaders had decided to turn the cemetery into a park, and relocated the bodies, including Conklin’s. When her remains were moved, the legend at the time said it took six men to lift the casket. In doing so, the lid popped open, and it appeared as if she had been perfectly preserved and turned to stone.

Conklin has one of the more colorful stories surrounding those buried at Capitol Hill’s Lake View Cemetery, but it is far from the only one. Continue reading

Memorial service at Capitol Hill’s Lake View cemetery honors fallen SPD officers of the past

Severance stands by the new Lake View gravestone for Officer Thomas Roberts, who died in the line of duty in 1898 (Image: SPD)

Severance stands by the new Lake View gravestone for Officer Thomas Roberts, who died in the line of duty in 1898 (Image: SPD)

Thursday morning, Seattle Police from across the decades including men and women currently part of the force will gather at Capitol Hill’s Lake View Cemetery to honor fallen officers.

Seattle Police officer Mike Severance has been working to locate the surviving families of SPD officers who died in the line of duty all the way back to 1881. During his research, Severance also tried to determine where the officers were laid to rest. Severance documented the final resting spots for all the fallen SPD officers — including two who had been buried in unmarked graves.

“Through the generosity of Lake View Cemetery, the Retired Seattle Police Officers Association and another benefactor, new tombstones have been installed for Officer Thomas Robert, EOW 04/10/1898 and Officer Arthur Ruckart, EOW 12/27/1914,” a statement from the group Washington State Concerns of Police Survivors says.

Thursday, officers, family, and supporters will gather in Lake View:

 A memorial service will be held at Lake View Cemetery, 1554 15th Ave. East, at 10 a.m. this Thursday, July 24, to pay respects to the officers with new gravestones, and all fallen Seattle police officers.

The public is welcome to attend. More on Severance’s work and the officers being remembered, below, in an article provided by the Seattle Police Department.

SPD: Fallen Officers: One Man’s Mission to Honor the Dead

Mike Severance’s quest started with a shotgun blast on April 23, 1985.

That’s the day Seattle Police Officer Dale Eggers was killed after a gunman shot him in the head in a bank robbery on Beacon Hill.

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