March 17, 2020

On Saturday February 29th, 20 members and friends of the Capitol Hill Historical Society both new and old gathered in the conference room at the Broadway Performance Hall for our Annual Members meeting. The agenda for the meeting: a look back at our spectacular accompl...

November 1, 2019

On the evening of October 25th, I had the privilege of entering my 4th of the 24 homes on Capitol Hill's historic Millionaire's Row: the private development built in the early 1900s by real estate executive James Moore for himself and a number of his friends and busine...

June 20, 2019

Following last month's confidence inspiring 6-1 vote in favor of nomination, there didn't seem to be much concern for Conover House's chances of success going into the meeting yesterday. However, things changed rather quickly when at least 20 people were seen gathered...

June 19, 2019

At long last our efforts towards preserving this value historic landmark are finally coming to a head. For those of you who missed the nomination meeting (pictured above) the vote was strongly in favor of nomination (6 to 1). However, some concerns were raised during t...

June 17, 2019

Earlier this spring we heard the sad news that this beautiful historic home from 1906 would soon be demolished. Even worse, that its proposed replacement looks like a slipshod and menacing guard tower straight out of Rust, a multiplayer online survival game. Future pla...

March 12, 2019

Though the initial nomination report prepared by Bola Architecture + Planning is well-researched and likely contains enough to convince the board to nominate Conover House, the more we reviewed it and did research of our own the more we realized it had omitted a number...

November 27, 2018

As you can tell, we have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving with our first successful landmark designation! Many thanks to the landmarks board, my fellow CHHS members Rob Ketcherside and Tamara Bunnell, and our friends Historic Seattle and SavetheRoyVue for all...

May 30, 2018

It's been a while since we've posted to the blog, but being on the heels of the city's second open house this evening for its effort to update the Capitol Hill design guidelines, I've decided to take a moment to come out of the woodwork (or perhaps masonry work would b...

February 16, 2018

 Galbraith House as of January 26, 2018. Photo by Tom Heuser.

When I saw the headlines last month that Galbraith House, a protected landmark would be demolished, my heart sank and I had to do a double take. How does a landmark get cleared for demolition? The whole point...

August 8, 2017

Where old meets new: 12th Ave Arts affordable housing next to Pine Street Apartments built circa 1908.  MHA to have impact on historic resources.  Image: Google.

According to the City of Seattle's website, Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) is "a new policy to e...

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