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Spokane's Great Fire

Most of downtown Spokane (then known as Spokane Falls) was destroyed by fire on August 4, 1889. The conflagration broke out in an area of flimsy wooden structures and quickly spread to engulf the subs...

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Steinbrueck, Victor Eugene (1911-1985)

Architect Victor Steinbrueck, perhaps best known today for his efforts to protect Seattle's historic Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square, worked to adapt modern architecture to reflect the Puget Soun...

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Stimson-Green Mansion (1901) -- Seattle's First Hill Landmark

The Stimson Mansion (later the Stimson-Green Mansion), built by C. D. and Harriet Stimson and completed in 1901, was and remains one of Seattle's most impressive examples of "eclectic architecture." T...

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The Swinging Chandelier: A Story for April 1 by Ralph Munro

Ralph Munro served as Secretary of State from 1980 to 2001. This story of the chandelier in the Capitol Building in Olympia also involves another person, Jack Metcalf (1927-2007), a Washington state s...

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Thiry, Paul Albert (1904-1993)

Among Washington's most illustrious architects of his generation, Paul Thiry exerted a major influence in the emergence of the "Northwest style" of architecture as an early proponent of modernist desi...

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Thornewood Castle, in Lakewood, Pierce County

Although Thornewood is not in King County, there are many who believe that it is, due to its starring role as the mansion in Stephen King's Rose Red, a made-for-television movie set in Seattle, which ...

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Town Hall Seattle

Town Hall Seattle, a venue for a wide variety of cultural events located at 1119 8th Avenue, started life as the city's Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist. The congregation was established in July 190...

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Triangle of Fire - The Harbor Defenses of Puget Sound (1897-1953)

Admiralty Inlet was considered so strategic to the defense of Puget Sound at the turn of the century that three forts were built at the entrance with huge guns creating a "Triangle of Fire" that could...

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University Branch, The Seattle Public Library

The University Branch, The Seattle Public Library, located at 5009 Roosevelt Way NE, is one of Seattle's oldest branch libraries. Surrounded by unpaved roads in its early years, the library was so rem...

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University Branch, The Seattle Public Library -- Now and Then

This file contains Seattle historian and photographer Paul Dorpat's Now & Then photographs and reflections on the University Branch of the Seattle Public Library, located in Seattle's University D...

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Walla Walla Public Library

The Walla Walla Public Library opened in November 1897. Earlier efforts to establish a library for the public in the city of Walla Walla date back to the mid-1860s and the early 1870s, but neither of ...

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Wallingford Branch, The Seattle Public Library

Library services in Wallingford began in 1949 with the gift of a house that became the Wilmot Memorial Library. In 1985, the branch moved to an old fire station as the Wallingford-Wilmot Branch Librar...

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