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Archive for March, 2011
The Seattle Parks Department has extended the deadline for suggestions for names for the future pocket park at 12th Avenue and E James Court.
I did a little historic research to see what used to be on the site. City records are a little hard to track down before the mid 1930s but from old city atlases, it looks like the area around E James Court was platted but didn’t have any homes on it. A couple single family homes surrounded the area.
The subdivision is Squire’s WC Replat which is likely referencing original plats by Watson C. Squire from around 1890. There’s some interesting history on Squire here at the University of Washington archive information page. He served in the Civil War in New York and Ohio, worked at E Remington Company which sold firearms, moved to Washington in 1879 and later became governor of the Washington Territory in 1884.
This neighborhood is still known as Squire Park so having an actual park called Squire Park might be a little duplicative and confusing.
More history of the area can be found from 1937-38 when King County did a survey and photographed every structure in the county. This was part of a huge project to re-assess all properties for tax purposes since many were incorrectly assessed. King County is apparently the only place this happened in the country and left us with a fantastic historic resource of pictures and other data. I found photos of the homes near the park site, which are below. Most were built around 1918 and are still on the street today.
In 1938, a gas station was on the actual park site, with the sign showing “Mohawk” and “Luboil Refining Co, Inc.”
City directories show that it was later Olympic Tires and McKale’s Inc Tires in the 1940s and then Commercial Company (perhaps general contractors) in the 50s and 60s. By the 70s there was a small building on the site occupied by the US Veteran’s Administration.
I’m wondering if there is significance in the name Mohawk? It is here on the Luboil Refining Co sign from the 30s. The apartment building at the corner of 13th and E Jefferson is also called the Mohawk Apartments. Any ideas on why? I haven’t been able to find any information on either.
I hope you enjoy the historic photos and maybe this gets some creative juices flowing so we can come up with a fun name for the future E James Court park.
There will be some changes coming to the paid parking rates and times in Capitol Hill and along 12th Avenue. CHS covered SDOT’s study of parking in the area a while back.
Changes are happening soon though! From SDOT’s website:
Street parking on 12th Avenue and around Swedish Cherry Hill went up to $1.50 per hour with the hours of 8am to 6pm remaining the same. Parking rate changes began in January so they should be effective currently.
Street parking in Pike/Pine increased to $2.00/hour and around Broadway to $3.00 per hour. In April, you’ll need to feed the meter until 8pm. (The later hours starts in April but implementation looks like it’ll take some time and continue to roll-out throughout the summer.)
Check the posted hours on the meters closely when parking!
Here’s the parking map from SDOT.
Irish pub coming to 12th Ave!Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
The vacant building and former speakeasy next to Dixon’s Furniture on 12th Avenue will soon be home to an Irish pub called the Chieftain. The folks opening the Chieftain own McGilvra’s in Madison Park and Finn MacCool’s in the U District.
Expect pizza, games, quiz nights, an outdoor deck, and of course Guinness at the Chieftain. The owners hope to open the space by early summer.
Check out more info here.
The 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee will not be meeting in March. We’ll resume with the usual second Tuesday schedule on April 12th.