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