It was a rather eventful meeting this month, but not in all the ways you might expect. Although at least it began as expected with the meet and greet at 5pm. One resident of the neighborhood by the name of Ron brought in this fantastic book called "Homes and Gardens of the Pacific Coast, 1913" and generously shared its contents with us. It features exterior and interior photographs of a selection of homes all around Seattle, including Capitol Hill, followed by a brief description. Take for instance the home of Seattle's one time kingpin impresario John Considine who's other claim to fame was a gun battle with Seattle's chief of police. Considine not only survived, but he was acquitted of all charges. He and his wife went on to live at 18th and Madison in 1913, just on the outskirts of Capitol Hill. You can click through the slideshow to see the book's intro and images of the Considine home. More after the slideshow...
Unfortunately, just briefly before we planned to conduct official business, someone sprayed pepper in the library and the staff had to evacuate us. We stood on the corner and brainstormed an alternate location while we waited for additional attendees to arrive. We eventually landed at the upper mezzanine of Cafe Solstice at 10th and Thomas. All told, 13 people attended. But by this point, it was nearly 7pm so we didn't quite get all the way through our agenda for the month, but here's what we managed to discuss...
Business began with our usual round of introductions. The most notable of these was one of the latest additions to our board of directors, Zach Works (third from left). Zach is a recruiter for Nintendo of America making him a good fit as our director of outreach and participation. In his personal time, he is an active member of the 54-40 Doc Maynard chapter of E Clampus Vitus, an amateur historical organization dedicated to the history of the American West. Their activities include the maintenance of the graves of Doc and Catherine Maynard and Mary Ann "Mother Damnable" Conklin at Capitol Hill's Lakeview Cemetery. We are very excited to have him on board with us.
Since joining us, Zach has already hit the ground running. He contacted the UW History department to see about whether any students might be interested in volunteering with us. They responded enthusiastically and we are looking forward to bringing some students on board in the very near future! Aside from this, Zach will be putting together small promotional flyers to hand out at outdoor festivals.
Landmarks Update After word got around about our ambition to install plaques on our landmarks, Michael Malone, chairman and owner of Hunters Capital, reached out us to us back in April about his own ambition to put plaques on 16 Auto Row buildings in the neighborhood, 7 of which belong to Hunters Capital. Nicholas Efthimiadis who hand