Design Guidelines Update

"Having a historic component to design guidelines is essential to the preservation of our existing historic buildings." -Tom Heuser, CHHS Our early December meeting opened with Christina Gahn, Planner for the Department of Construction and Inspections for the City of Seattle. In a brief overview, she presented the slides that were available for public viewing at the Community Open house held in November 2017. The Capitol Hill Design Guidelines were established in 2005 and in 2013, were reformatted, but not changed. The 2017 changes to the guidelines are made with consideration to the rapid growth in our neighborhood homes and businesses. "...50 new building designs have gone through the Desi

A 3-D Story map of Broadway and Denny in 1893

At our September meeting, Lorn Fant left quite an impression after introducing his atlantean effort to build an historical and explorable 3-D map of Seattle using ArcGIS technology. His project is still in its early stages, but it has the potential to significantly alter the way we view and experience history. Wishing to explore the possibilities, Lorn and I got together to discuss them. To start, we decided to create a short virtual tour of the area around Broadway and Denny in 1893. He built the map and I did the research. As you can see in the preview image below, the visuals are pretty basic and pixelated. For now. An early 3-D Model of Broadway and Denny in 1893, Courtesy Lorn Fant.

Landmark Profile: Cal Anderson Park

Cal Anderson Park was designated a Seattle Landmark 19 years ago this month on November 4, 1998. Actually if you search the city landmark list for "Cal Anderson", you won't find anything. In 1998, Cal Anderson Park was still a civic dream. As part of the process lead Holding Seattle's water Lincoln Reservoir was an important part of the municipal water system created by Seattle following the Great Seattle Fire in 1889. One of the realizations after the fire was that the collection of private wells at springs across Seattle's hillsides could not supply enough water to carry the city forward. After a successful funding vote, City Engineer R. H. Thomson set out to create a dammed reservoir in t

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