May 1, 2020

We Are Still Showing Homes: 8 Ways We Keep You Safe

We are working for you! These are unprecedented times, and our greatest priority is the health and safety of our clients and team members. We also understand that real estate transactions don't just stop. Your home may be your greatest asset; there is a lot at stake. People are accepting jobs and moving to and from Seattle. We have initiated 8 steps to keep everyone safe and well during this unprecedented event.

1) Virtual tours using Matterport technology are available so clients can tour homes virtually.

2) We disinfect and wipe down all home surfaces before and after client tours.

3) One-time use gloves are provided at each home tour.

4) An ample supply of hand sanitizer is available to all team members and clients.

5) Handwashing stations and disposable paper towels are available at all homes.

6) Booties are provided at each home.

7) Our team members wear face coverings per CDC recommendations and we ask that you wear one as well.

8) Online scheduling ensures that showings remain private. Clients are not in contact with others.

April 18, 2020

The Seattle Sign Painter

Queen Anne homes from a century ago are full of architectural charm, character, and a great deal of history. Walking through the Nils Nilsson Home today, one can clearly see the craftsman appeal it radiated as a new home in 1914 (update: sold). But who were the original owners? Where did they come from? And what brought them to Seattle?

Thanks to accurately-kept records, we can piece together the story of Nils Nilsson (1878-1968) and Martha Luise Svensson Nilsson (1891-1947), who came to America from Sweden in search of opportunities and a better life. Like many today, they sought their fortunes on Queen Anne Hill.

Mr. Nilsson emigrated from Sweden in 1898 at the age of 20. We know that he was a skilled sign and window painter, and easily found work in the bustling city of Seattle. Since his native tongue was Swedish, and many of his countrymen were opening local businesses, his skills were in high demand. Nearly every business hired sign painters to attract new customers with distinctive lettering and images, whether on painted billboards or shop windows. Sign painting was a lucrative trade for those who had artistic skills. Most attended trade schools and then worked as an apprentice for years before taking union jobs that involved the dangerous world of ropes, ladders, and scaffolding. We know that Mr. Nilsson worked for the Seattle Sign Shop, which was located at 711 Olive Street near downtown. He most likely spent his time painting windows and small signs for local businesses.

After arriving in Seattle, Nilsson lived in a boarding house at 1515 Boren Avenue with about 30 newcomers from a mix of Scandinavian countries, including Denmark and Norway. We believe he lived at this address for the better part of a decade, working and saving before his bride and new mother-in-law arrived in 1913. Mrs. Nilsson’s mother was Annette Svenssen, a 60-year-old widow. We aren’t sure how the couple met; they could have been family friends from the Old Country, or perhaps participants in an arranged marriage, a custom that was common at the time. It is also possible that Nils simply sent for Martha, a young woman with a widowed mother who had nowhere else to go.

Many Scandinavian immigrants paid cash for their new homes in Seattle, and Nils was no exception. He and Martha purchased their home at 2916 3rd Avenue North on Queen Anne Hill shortly after they married, directly from the builder. The couple took ownership in 1914, and the charming craftsman became home for the growing family, with two boys and a girl. Grandmother Annette also lived with them for 15 years, before the family of six moved to a home on acreage in Bothell, Washington.

This wonderful craftsman is waiting for the next owner to continue the Seattle story and pursue their own dreams and opportunities. Will it be you?

Posted in House History
April 3, 2020

10 Queen Anne Restaurants Offering Take-out

Everyone needs to eat, right? So… if you’re getting tired of pasta, find menu planning daunting, or just need to do something different for your family (and community), consider take-out from one of our many Queen Anne neighborhood eateries. Here is a list of ten of our team’s favorite spots that are open as I write this, and we’d love to have you add to the list! We all want to enjoy healthy food and great community. If we stay strong and supportive, these businesses will continue to thrive. But is take-out restaurant food really safe?

According to the CDC, FDA, and USDA the answer is “yes!” Each regulating body has agreed that there is no evidence that the novel coronavirus is transmitted through food or food packaging. But it pays to be vigilant: if you are having food delivered, please pay for it over the phone, website, or food-ordering platform with a credit card. Have the delivery person leave the food at the front door, and don’t forget to tip your delivery person, either online or by leaving a tip under your doormat. Delivery specialists are working very hard on the front lines for us, bring nutritious meals to you and your neighbors. If you are picking food up, be sure to honor the social distancing measures that are in effect at your local restaurant.

The List. While there is no favorite here, and we’ve listed the restaurants in alphabetical order, we think you’ll enjoy these meals. If you agree, be sure to thank our local restaurateurs for their hard work and post a “thank you” picture on their website or social media platform if you can. If you’re a long-time local, remember all of those gift certificates, free meals, and Halloween candy that these businesses have donated to our schools and children over the years.

Betty 

Betty has been a fixture on Queen Anne for over a decade. Chef/Owners Jesse Thomas, Angie Nelson, and Robby Nelson have cooked up an incredible take-out menu with something for everyone. We recently tried the Take and Bake Lasagna and Salad dinner. It was hearty, delicious, and made dinner at home special. Enjoy their new menu and call ahead with your credit card to place an order.

Bounty Kitchen

Bounty Kitchen is proud to be an essential business. Meg and Russ will continue to joyfully support the community and their staff by serving up healthy meals at their Queen Anne location. Check out their online menu or call 206-695-2017 for more information. They are offering curbside pickup or orders delivered through Caviar and Uber Eats. The Thai Peanut & Basil Salad is a team favorite.

Eden Hill Provisions 

Available for delivery through DoorDash or Caviar, try the Cauliflower Curry Soup or the Wagyu beef, caramelized onions, secret sauce, smoked cheddar, and challah burger. Eat your veggies by ordering the Kettle Corn Brussel Sprouts. This modern American bistro and market is looking ahead to Easter and Passover with a special take-out menu.

Homegrown

Sandwiches, yes, but so much more! Try a nourishing bowl, a salad, or soup. Using locally sourced organic ingredients, Homegrown’s tagline is “The sustainable sandwich shop”. Homegrown is using the slick Toast Take-out app for all online orders for pickup or delivery. And if you are looking for a fun kid’s menu, Homegrown will please everyone.

Ken’s Market

Ken’s is our beloved grocer, and you will enjoy the beautiful hand-selected produce and a deli full of home-cooked meals. The meatloaf is just like Mom’s, and the Beef Stroganoff is a favorite in our house. Stock up on their freshly made salads, sliced meats, and some artisan bread for a special lunch or dinner.

Le Reve Bakery

Owned by Andrea Nakata, this gem is located on top of Queen Anne in a darling red house at 1805 Queen Anne Ave N. Le Reve Bakery will be open Monday-Sunday 8:00am-3:00pm for pastries, salads, and coffee. For faster service, please call your order in ahead of time (206) 623-7383. If you would like your order delivered, please use the Postmates and Grub Hub platforms. Viva La France!

Orrapin

Located at 10 Boston Street, Orrapin and her daughter Jan have been offering delicious Thai cuisine since 1995. Orrapin learned to cook as a young girl, and enjoys sharing authentic Thai recipes with her Queen Anne customers. Many dishes are available gluten-free. They have been proudly serving the neighborhood, our community, and the greater Seattle area for over 20 years. Check there website for hours and a fabulous menu. Our favorite is the Yellow Curry Chicken.

Performance Kitchen

Formerly Eat Local, these kitchens are located in neighborhoods throughout the Seattle area. Stop by to shop, sample, and speak with an in-store Registered Dietitians. We love the meals that are freezer ready. Just heat, serve, and enjoy.

Serendipity Café

Located in Magnolia Village, Serendipity Café (3222 West McGraw Street, not Queen Anne, but close enough) has come up with a delicious new take-out menu. Healthy, comforting, and friendly, make sure you try the Baked Mac and Cheese. If you have a craving for a burger (and who doesn’t), the California is our favorite. Looking for something lighter? The Steak Salad with Cilantro Ranch Dressing is just as delicious as it sounds. When you go in for pickup, ask about their cocktail kits to go!

Zeek’s

Sometimes pizza is the ultimate comfort food, and Zeek’s has it down to a science. From specialty pies to salads, they have this take-out and delivery thing going on. Tip your driver through the website and ask him/her to leave your pie on the porch, or pick it up yourself at their top-of-the-hill location.

Posted in Cooking
Feb. 22, 2020

1909 Bigelow Ave N

The beautiful Tudor style home on Seattle’s coveted Bigelow Avenue North was built in 1926. Thanks to well-kept records, we are able to learn about the original owners and what life was like in Seattle and specifically Queen Anne Hill, nearly 100 years ago.

The original owners of this home were Walter Ainsworth Sykes and his wife Lottie Zeta Comeau Sykes. Walter and Lottie both grew up in Canada, Walter in a family that identified as “British”, and Lottie in a “French” family. They met in Canada sometime in 1918 while Walter worked as an osteopath and Lottie as a nurse. They were married in Vancouver BC on March 5th, 1919.

Walter loved working in healthcare. Ambitious and intelligent, he was accepted to the North Pacific College, a private post-secondary medical school located in Portland, Oregon that educated pharmacy, dental, and optometry students. Lottie took a position in Portland as a Dental Nurse, supporting the couple while Walter was in school. Upon graduation in 1923, Walter and Lottie moved to Seattle to set up their dental practice. Seattle was a growing city, and the demand for dentists and other healthcare professionals was high. The UW Dental School would not open until 1945, so practicing in Seattle, where demand for dentists was high, was a wise decision.

Walter and Lottie set up the practice in Seattle’s beautiful Cobb Building, an early example of a high-rise medical office center. This historic building located at 4th and University is still standing and enjoys status on the National Historic Registry. The famous Howells & Stokes architectural firm designed this magnificent building.

June Sykes, 1944The dental practice was so successful that by 1926 the Sykes couple was able to purchase the brand new home at 1909 Bigelow Avenue North. Lottie continued to assist Walter while raising two daughters, June Elizabeth and Patricia, with the help of their live-in servant Edna Newbanks. The girls attended elementary school on Queen Anne and graduated from Queen Anne High School: Go Grizzlies! Healthcare was a family affair, and young June would follow in her mother’s footsteps by attending the University of Washington School of Nursing, graduating in the class of 1944.

At the time this house was built, U.S. Census records indicate that homes in the neighborhood were purchased by hardworking men and women from Canada, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, as well as many Midwesterners looking for new opportunities. Occupations along the boulevard included a painter, a bookkeeper, a sausage maker, a restaurant owner, a radio store owner, a machinist, a boat captain, and many neighbors list their occupation as “fishermen”.

Young June met and married James Farrell sometime after graduating from the UW, then moved to Ellensburg. The couple had one son, Patrick Farrell, who like his grandfather, grew up to become a dentist. Walter and Lottie Sykes lived in this house for over 30 years before retiring and moving to Ellensburg to be closer to family.

While we can’t promise whiter teeth and “no cavities”, we can promise that this beautiful home is ready and waiting for the next owners to thrive on one of Seattle’s most beloved streets.

Feb. 1, 2020

Urban Hiking on Queen Anne

Several years ago, the Steve Kennedy Team wrote a blog post about our 5 favorite Queen Anne staircases. It continues to be our most popular post of all time, so when the current owners of 1107 Olympic Way West (click to see the listing) told us about their love of Urban Hiking, we knew exactly what they were talking about.

Walk out the front door of this beautifully appointed condo, tucked just under Parson’s Gardens, and choose your own adventure. Head up the first staircase and you will be greeted by a darling little historic Queen Anne home that looks as if it was built just for Little Red Riding Hood. Stand on the stairs long enough and you can imagine Lil’ Red skipping out the front door with a wicker basket full of goodies for her Grandmother. If you miss her, don’t worry. There is a café right up the street that serves some of the most delicious baked goods and lattes on the hill.

“Another one of our favorite urban hikes is along the Elliot Bay Trail,” said the current owner. “We walk out our front door, then just over the Helix Pedestrian Bridge, then down along the trail for some of the best waterfront views in Seattle.”  Just past Centennial and Myrtle Edwards Parks, you will find the Olympic Sculpture Park (less than one mile away). Feeling adventurous? Keep walking and enjoy lunch along the Seattle waterfront or a ride on the Great Wheel.

Feel like staying in and just watching the world go by? This light and bright condo has glorious Elliott Bay views for watching sunsets or storms. Enjoy the constant parade of sailboats, ferry boats, and cruise ships as they glide across the water. If you are fortunate, you may even spot the rare submarine headed towards Bremerton. The owners have even developed a game they call “Ferry Boat”. Like the childhood game Slug Bug or Punch Buggy (without the walloping), you call out “Ferry Boat” when you see one.  Scores are kept during the day, and whoever obtains the most views in a day is the winner. However, there is a catch; if you happen to be looking out the window and spot four ferry boats on the water all at the same time, you call out “Grand Slam!” and regardless of how many points the other players have earned, you are the winner.

If you enjoy Seattle’s rich theater tradition, opera, or ballet, walk east out your front door for a culturally stimulating evening. This home is truly right in the middle of it all, while feeling like a world away. It’s here waiting for the next owners to carry on the “Ferry Boat” game and enjoy the magical staircases of Queen Anne that lead to so many hidden treasures.

Nov. 27, 2019

Compass Concierge: 7 Reasons We Love This Program

As many of you know, our team made the move to Compass Real Estate this summer. One of the programs that really got our attention was the Compass Concierge program. It is hands down one of the most innovative programs we have ever seen for sellers, and the smartest way to get your home ready for market.

Your home is most likely your greatest investment. For most of us, there is a lot of equity locked up within those walls. But what if there was an easy way to tap into that equity and use it to elevate your home? By providing upfront costs associated with those improvements and services, Compass Concierge does just that. Our team will help you develop a plan with suggested home improvements to prepare your home for the market so you can get top dollar without tapping into your savings or taking out a high-interest loan. This program is a no-interest loan to sellers so you can make all those improvements that will make your home more desirable to today’s buyers.

1. Maximize the value of your home.

Most Seattle buyers are looking for turnkey properties. Projects are not for everyone, and it is our experience that buyers want a house that is ready to live in, and they are willing to pay a premium for that option. This will easily increase the market value of your home and make it attractive to a wider range of buyers. 

2. Show your home in its best light.

From fresh paint to refinished or new flooring, the Compass Concierge program can help your home look its very best before going on the market. Everyone enjoys walking through a beautifully maintained and well-appointed home.

3. Sell your home faster.

We have watched over the years how fast homes sell when they are “move in ready”. The Compass Concierge program will help you attract more buyers, which translates into your home selling more quickly.

4. Reduce the risk of buyers backing out.

Offering a home for sale that is in pristine condition reduces the likelihood that a buyer will pull out of the sale after the home goes to escrow. Buyers feel most comfortable purchasing homes that are in good repair and ready to live in. Flaws and “projects” sometimes scare buyers, especially as the closing date gets closer. Offer a home that is move in ready, and your buyer will be excited about closing quickly.

5. No upfront costs or interest to homeowners.

The funds will be advanced to you for home improvement services, and you can use any provider. If you have a favorite painter or handyperson, hire her/him/them. Do you need some help finding good people? We have worked with many wonderful vendors over the years and can help you find just the right person. When your home sells, you pay back the costs of services rendered and nothing more. 

6. Compass Concierge is hassle free.

From assessing which updates will increase your home’s value the most, to recommending the very best professionals and trades, we will be there every step of the way.

7. No loans or lines of credit to apply for

Getting a home equity loan or a line of credit to pay for repairs and improvements is expensive and time-consuming. There are loan origination fees, interest, and other expenses, not to mention your time with a banker or a loan officer. With the Compass Concierge program, you are granted a line of credit in the form of a no-interest cash card. Use it to pay your favorite vendors!

Many services are approved, but not limited to:

Interior Design

General Contractor

Handyperson

Stager

Plumber

Roofer

Electrician

Professional Cleaner

Landscaper / Designer

Gardener

The spring buying season is just around the corner. Contact us today to find out more about this innovative program. We are here to help you get your home in top condition and ready to sell.

Posted in Compass Concierge
Nov. 27, 2019

American Standard: The History of a Seattle Cover Band

It all started with a school auction, one song, and a creative spark. This year, our band, American Standard, is celebrating our 12th year. Those of you who read my blog and my newsletters know that being in this band is an important part of my life. It has offered me fellowship with some great men, musicianship, as well as the opportunity and permission to be creative. I love all types of music, and I have enjoyed singing my entire life. But rocking in a cover band is something else entirely. American Standard will be taking a one-year hiatus due to work and travel schedules. We will be doing one last show on December 6th at Serendipity Lounge in Magnolia at 3222 W McGraw Street in Seattle. The show starts at 9:30 and promises to be quite a performance! We started from very humble beginnings. Read on to learn more.

Our First Song

In 2007, the St. Anne School auction theme was “007”. A group of very creative men got tired of the moms at our school having all the fun, so four guys got together to plan the annual auction event. A group of us dads had been kicking around the idea of playing music together for years, so we felt it was the year and the perfect opportunity. After a few weird jam sessions, in which instruments were rotated around and we made it through “Wild Thing” a few times, we settled on parts. The band came to have two guitar players, a bass player, a piano player, a lead singer (or two or three), and a drummer. It took forever to come up with a name, and then one day while staring at a porcelain toilet we decided: American Standard! We play classic British and American rock, and the name sounded catchy.

We went to work learning to play “Secret Agent Man” (the Johnny Rivers version) for a school assembly to promote auction attendance. And we worked hard. We all have different memories of the first morning we played together, but it was thrilling. We sounded pretty good, we were well-rehearsed, and we were tight. The crowd went wild! Our wives, who were all watching with our kids, went wild! And then we were asked to play another song. But here’s the thing: we didn’t have another song. So, we played “Secret Agent Man” again. And the crowd went wild--again. We were on to something. We went back to the band room in my basement and started learning new songs. When the auction rolled around in May, we were a hit, the guys’ auction theme worked, and we continued playing rock and roll on Thursday nights.

Fast forward 12 years: Now we know over 100 songs, have recorded an album of cover tunes, and have about 50 gigs under our belt—mostly non-profit events for a cause one of us believes in. When asked why we do it, the answer is simple: we do it for friendship, for creativity, and for our wives. In fact, it should be noted that all our band members are still married to their first wives. I’m sure a therapist would have fun figuring that one out, but it is safe to say that our band has a combined total of about 252 years of marriage. And so, we keep rocking and playing to our wives, lovingly known as the “Band-Aids”. Our kids are in their early 20s now, and sometimes we rock with them, too! We thank all our families and friends for their support. We 'll see you all in Magnolia on December 6th!

Sept. 20, 2019

506 West Galer

There is something very special about a vintage home. If these walls could talk, this lovely 1906 Dutch Colonial would tell the story of the Mantor family and the beginnings of the Seattle Fire Department.

On October 17, 1889, four months after a devastating fire burned most of Seattle to the ground, the Seattle Fire Department became an official institution. The Great Seattle Fire broke out in Victor Clairmont's cabinet shop at the corner of Front Street (1st Avenue) and Madison on June 6th, 1889. A small group of volunteer firefighters worked tirelessly to put the fire out, but the town’s small private water supply quickly ran out. By the end of the day, 64 acres of homes and businesses were gone. Gardner Kellogg had been a volunteer firefighter since 1870 and was named Seattle’s first fire chief.

Two years later, George Martin Mantor (1872-1954) would travel to Seattle with his brother Fred, and his British born mother from Baraboo, Wisconsin. George joined the Seattle Fire Department, the first step in his long career. His first place of residence in the city was a boarding house at 334 2nd Ave N (the site is now Chihuly Glass Gardens, part of Seattle Center).

Shortly after George arrived in Seattle, he met and married Caroline “Carrie” Adams Crosby. They had a son (their only child), George “Crosby” Mantor, who grew up to be a commercial photographer in Seattle. We don’t know very much about Carrie, but as was the convention in the early 1900s, she would have worked keeping a proper home and raising young Crosby. Of note, the census rosters list neighborhood occupations as a blacksmith, a builder, a painter, a telephone operator, and a chiropractor.

George was a born leader and rose through the ranks in the Seattle fire department, graduating from a ladder company to captain before 1910 at the age of 38. After serving in World War I at the age of 47, he returned home and was appointed chief of the Seattle Fire Department.

We believe the Mantor family lived in this beautiful home for over 40 years. 506 West Galer is waiting for the next owner. How will they continue the Seattle story?

Aug. 17, 2019

315 Hayes Street

This gracious craftsman residence is just as charming today as it was nearly a century ago. It hasn’t been on the market in nearly 40 years, which is truly a testament to the commitment and love the current owners feel for their home. Built in 1922, it is filled with memories from days gone by and stories from those who would help forge the Queen Anne community. We begin by telling the story of the two Seattle natives who first purchased this home new in 1922, Jean McFee Pritchard (1895-1983) and Frank Alfred Pritchard (1888-1975).

Jean McFee grew up on lower Queen Anne in a home located at 613 5th Ave North. She enjoyed the company of her 3 brothers and a young Norwegian woman named Bertha Derdel who lived with and worked

Frank Alfred Pritchard (1888-1975) grew up on the shores of Lake Washington on Pritchard Island. It was once a Duwamish Tribal village known as tleelh-chus or "Little Island", however in a dark era of history, indigenous peoples had been prohibited from living in Seattle after 1890; many were relocated to the Port Madison Reservation, and some remained in the city when pioneers invited them to live on land they had purchased. Alfred Pritchard purchased the island from the city in 1900 and worked with the Olmstead brothers to develop it. It truly was an island until the opening of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, which lowered the waterline of Lake Washington, thus making the island part of the mainland.

After graduating from Broadway High School (Seattle’s first official HS), Frank Pritchard attended the University of Washington and joined the same fraternity as the McFee brothers. They introduced Frank to their little sister Jean McFee (UW sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma). Frank found work after college in lithography sales at North Pacific Banknote Company, and the two were married in 1919. The couple purchased 315 Hayes Street in 1922. Of note, the deed to the home was in Jean’s name only. It was not unusual for a young woman to inherit or receive a gift of cash from her family of origin if they had the means. Because of marriage, common-law marriage, and inheritance laws, it was a way for families to ensure that a married woman’s inheritance became separate property, and that a woman could retain and bequeath such assets as she wished should her husband die first or if the marriage was dissolved.

Their sons, Frank Jr. (1920-2016) and Joel (1925-1997), loved growing up on Queen AnneJean McFee, Kappa Kappa Gamma, UW and forged many lifelong friendships. They attended elementary school and graduated from Queen Anne High School. In an interview, Joel Pritchard described his parents as caring, community minded people. He remembers his mother reading to them every day, taking them to the Queen Anne library on a weekly basis, and her volunteer work in the community. The couple loved to read,  play bridge, and entertain their family and friends from the University of Washington at their home. Both boys became fine readers, and Joel attributes this to his mother’s influence.  When he was young, she would sometimes start a book for him and provide a character sheet so he could keep track of everyone in the story. The Pritchards would live in this home until the early 1930s, when they moved to another home on Queen Anne Hill. Joel remembers the transition as difficult; he loved the Hayes Street home and his neighborhood friends.

In 1944 the country was at war, and young Joel, a born leader, joined the army and rose to sergeant. Upon returning home in 1946, he became president of the Griffin Envelope Company in Seattle, where he worked until 1971. Joel was a delegate to the Republican National Convention, a 6-term US Representative from Seattle and a 2-term Washington Lt. Governor. However, he considered his invention of the game “Pickle Ball” to be one of his greatest accomplishments. On a summer afternoon in 1965, Joel was at the family cabin on Bainbridge Island with his friends Bill Bell and Barney McCallum. The younger children were having trouble with a badminton game, so Joel lowered the net, gave them two paddleball rackets, and grabbed a plastic whiffle ball. Over the next few weeks Pritchard, Bell, and McCallum developed new rules and designed better paddles. The game was a hit, and, by 1990 had spread across the country.

This beautiful home, full of pleasant history and memories is ready and waiting for the next owner and the invention of a new game, perhaps analog or digital, that will take the country by storm.

 

Aug. 9, 2019

1806 8th Ave West

Quintessentially Seattle, the Casey home is a glorious 1904 craftsman perched above one of Seattle’s most famous and desirable streets. Judy and Terry Casey purchased the historic home nearly 40 years ago and raised their family on this coveted part of Queen Anne. The Casey family enjoyed being a part of the St. Anne Community, and Judy was very involved with the children’s school activities, volunteering whenever the opportunity arose. This home has seen many Casey family Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and birthday celebrations. Engagement parties, and the welcoming of grandchildren all happened within this beautiful home. Laughter and good cheer still echo through the house if you listen very carefully. 

While the Casey family made this their home for nearly 4 decades, another family lived here before them. When we walk through grand historic homes, we can only imagine what it must have been like to live in that bygone era. Who lived in this home? What did they do for a living? What brought them to Seattle? Thanks to accurately kept property records and census reports, we have a snapshot of the Gordon family who called 1806 8th Ave West home before the Casey family.

Two of the original owners were Frank and Mary Gordon. Frank was born in 1871 in Michigan, in the same year that the Chicago fire lead to the destruction of most of the city. Mary Bartholomew Gordon was born in England to British parents the very same year. Washington would not become a state for 18 more years and was still known as the Oregon Territory at the time of Mary’s birth. Mary came to America with her parents and met Frank in Seattle. They were married on May 22, 1912.

Frank worked as a lumber salesman, while Mary looked after their two daughters, Ethel and Frances. Both children graduated from Queen Anne High School. What we know about young Frances (born in 1913) is that she was an excellent student, involved in debate club, volleyball, French club, the stamp collecting club, science club, and the good cheer club.

When I asked Judy Casey what she liked best about her home, she replied “The home has so much history, and is full of warm feelings and memories.” The entire Casey family has walked through their family home and said their goodbyes. This very special home is waiting for the next family to continue their own Seattle story.


Posted in House History