A return to Capitol Hill, November 1851

You can learn more about Dr. Boraas’s life and work at alanboraas.com

This weekend, we are marking the passage of a member of the CHS family. Dr. Alan Boraas died in November at the age of 72. It is not often we feature a member of the family on our pages and, to be honest, this particular example from a post we first ran in 2013 was far beneath his life’s work of preserving and promoting the native languages and cultural traditions of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. But Dr. Boraas was a good sport and answered when we came calling to ask what he knew about a place like the land where Capitol Hill, Seattle stands today — way back in 1851 when the Denny Party arrived on Alki. Thanks for taking our call, Dr. Boraas.

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A wooded Capitol Hill (center hill) as envisioned from above by a lithograph artist in 1878 (Image: Library of Congress)

On November 13, 1851 the Denny Party landed on Alki Point in West Seattle. They obviously weren’t the first people to arrive at the bay at the mouth of what would be called the Duwamish River, nor were they even the first Europeans but they stuck it out and are generally credited for founding modern day Seattle.

The primary concern of Seattle’s early pioneers was establishing a thriving port in Elliott Bay. Seattle’s “Seven Hills” were nice to look at, but not the focus of development until a few decades later. What was on top of Capitol Hill in 1851?

The still-wooded area around Capitol Hill's present-day northeast might be the closest glimpse into the hill's past: Interlaken Park, originally uploaded by e_grosh

The still-wooded area around Capitol Hill’s present-day northeast
might be the closest glimpse into the hill’s past:
Interlaken Park, originally uploaded by e_grosh

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This Week in CHS History | Parking lot shooting death, Harvard Ave homicide, first Womxn’s March, and goodbye to Clever Dunne’s

A man was gunned down on a snowy Harvard Ave this week in 2012

Here are the top stories from this week in CHS history:



24-year-old South Seattle man victim in Capitol Hill deadly shooting — UPDATE

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CHS Year in Review 2019 | Capitol Hill’s five most important stories

There we go. This Year in Review — the CHS Year in Review 2019 — makes 10. And 10 makes a decade. Within each, you’ll find a mix of stories that seemed important at the time — and others that were truly important. Looking back a decade from now, this rundown of the most important CHS stories of 2019 will, of course, shake out the same way.

CHS YIR: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

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Below, you will find our best take on the biggest stories that mattered most around Capitol Hill through the year. They range from seemingly likely to be legendary political victories to terrible crimes to bits and pieces of the wonderful and weird world around us. If you think we forgot something important, let us know in comments. Continue reading

Broadway’s 114-year-old Capitol Crest moves forward in landmarks process

The Seattle landmarks board this week sent a Broadway building home to a longtime neighborhood favorite restaurant to the next step in the process to afford the 1905-built building protections on its historic exterior.

In a 6-2 vote, the board opted to consider the nomination of Broadway’s Capitol Crest building, also once known as the Avon Apartments, and today home to Annapurna and Albacha restaurants, the Ace Barber Shop, as well as 14 apartment units above, that is set to be demolished to make way for a planned mixed-use project from Champion Development. Continue reading

Home to a depth of Seattle history, neighbors seek federal recognition of Capitol Hill’s Millionaire’s Row

Millionaire’s Row from the Volunteer Park water tower (Image: CHS)

Seattle may have a new spot on the National Register of Historic Places if a couple of neighbors have their way. DJ Kurlander, Bryce Siedl and Jim Jackson are leading an effort for federal recognition of a stretch of 14th Ave E known as Millionaire’s Row.

If approved, the district which stretches from E Prospect just south of Volunteer Park to south of E Roy, would be honored as historic.

That recognition, unlike being classified as a landmark by the city, has no implications for future uses of the properties. It would not restrict redevelopment or renovations of either the inside or outsides of any of the homes. Nor would not preclude the area from any future zoning increase.

“This ins’t any kind of stealth reaction against the city’s density. The National Registry has no effect on what can be built. But as the city changes, it’s also important not to forget its history either, and that’s the whole purpose of the nomination,” Kurlander tells CHS. Continue reading

CHS History | Tallulah’s born, Q Patrol, Canterbury sale, the dangerous light poles of 2010

Here are the top stories from this week in CHS history:



‘Please refrain from donating to panhandlers’ — Capitol Hill Uncle Ike’s sign targets handouts

That Brown Girl Cooks chef has ‘Seattle Soul’ plans for new Central District restaurant

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