Millionaire’s Row gets new crosswalks and a four-way stop to help connect Volunteer Park to the rest of Capitol Hill

The view from the Shafer Baillie Mansion

One of the more needlessly dangerous crossings on Capitol Hill is being repaired this week, helping to connect Volunteer Park to its neighbors to the south.

Thanks to the folks at the Shafer Baillie Mansion bed and breakfast for sending over a note and the picture updating on the work Thursday to install new stop signs and crosswalks at the intersection of 14th and Aloha. Continue reading

Agreement on Bordeaux House — the latest landmark on Capitol Hill’s Millionaire’s Row — comes before city council

The Seattle City Council is poised to put a final stamp of approval on making a corner of Capitol Hill’s Millionaire’s Row an official city protected landmark.

The council’s Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee on Wednesday will take up legislation to place protective controls on the Thomas and Sarah Esther Bordeaux House at the corner of 14th Ave E and E Valley.

The restrictions on the historic property in the landmarks agreement “apply to the site, the building exterior, and a small portion of the interior, but do not apply to any in– kind maintenance or repairs of the designated features,” the council’s summary of the bill notes. Continue reading

Really old Bordeaux House proposed as new landmark on Capitol Hill’s Millionaire’s Row — UPDATE

“Figure 73: Thomas Bordeaux and his first wife, Mary Ritner Bordeaux, circa late 1880s-early 1890s. [Courtesy of Liz Arbaugh, director of the Mason County Historical Society]”

A 118-year-old Capitol Hill mansion built for the family of a Pacific Northwest timber baron is being considered for city landmark status as owners along the neighborhood’s Millionaire’s Row look to shore up historical protections for the area’s aging — and relatively enormous — homes in the face of ongoing demand for new housing.

The Thomas and Sarah Esther Bordeaux House at the corner of 14th Ave E and E Valley will come before the city’s landmarks board Wednesday afternoon.

City staff have recommended it move forward in the nomination process citing the structure’s embodiment of “distinctive visible characteristics of an architectural style, or period, or a method of construction”  — “a distinctive combination of the Queen Anne and Tudor Revival architectural styles,” the nomination report reads — and its presence as a monument to the work of architect William Kimball: Continue reading

A demolition on Millionaire’s Row

Face masks helped filter the smell of dust and mildew as a crew set about the unusual task Thursday of tearing down an original house of Seattle’s Millionaire’s Row, the 14th Ave E entryway to Volunteer Park.

Also unusual for a Capitol Hill demolition: The house will be replaced by another single-family home — not apartments, not townhomes. Continue reading