Have you noticed the regular posts to our website written by Maureen Elenga?  Queen Anne Yesterday & Today and This Week in Queen Anne History both highlight intriguing and unexpected glimpses of our neighborhood. It is one way the Society has developed to keep our membership engaged during these times without meetings or tours.  
If you aren’t getting notices of the additions to our website, you can subscribe by entering your email address in the box in the footer at entitled New Articles. That way you’ll know right away when something has been posted.

We’d be delighted to receive your articles or short posts about local history. You can just pop them into an email addressed to, and we’ll follow up. Articles are best when supplemented by photographs of people or places, but they aren’t necessary. We welcome posts as diverse as serious treatises on local history or recipes of the wonderful dishes your grandmother used to prepare in our neighborhood (of course). Give it a try.


November 12, 7:00 PM
Virtual on Facebook and YouTube
Annual Awards Ceremony

January (TBD)
Marvelous tour of Queen Anne Park by Florence Helliesen

March (TBD)

Queen Anne Modern: Architects share their work on the hill

May (TBD)

Tour the Historic Trees of Seattle Center with Robin Dearling

Awards Ceremony on November 12

You will find the society’s annual Awards Ceremony on Facebook and YouTube on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 pm. We conceived of the annual awards program to honor those people, buildings, companies that contribute to the historic fabric of Queen Anne. The honorees range this year from one of our earliest surviving homes, the Marble-Lindsley House built in 1890, to the Queen Anne Helpline founded in 1982.

The Marble-Lindsley House (shown above) and its owners are honored as a marvelously preserved Queen Anne style houses and because of its association with the Denny family. In fact, Abbie Denny Lindsey, the second owner of the house, was born in 1858. She was the third child of Louisa Boren Denny and David Denny.

Abbie Denny Lindsley

The Queen Anne Helpline which now also serves South Lake Union and Magnolia was the brainchild of Dick Rhodes, the owner of the Queen Anne Thriftway. Dick understood how important preserving dignity is to people having hard times. Rent, mortgage payments, clothing and food are all necessities the Helpline provides to people in need as it helps preserve the quality of life in our neighborhood.

The awards recognize the importance of apartment buildings to life on Queen Anne, especially those Single Room Only (SRO) structures in Lower Queen Anne/Uptown. The 1922 Fionia at 29 John Street is significant not only because it is typical of the building type, but also because its owners carefully constructed a large addition to its west on the corner of John and First North that respects the integrity of the historic building. It is always a pleasure to recognize those people who why we want to preserve Queen Anne’s historic fabric.

This year’s awards highlight buying local. Ken’s Market is the last of the small locally owned grocery stores that once anchored almost every major intersection on the hill. The three men who own the store now either grew up on Queen Anne or worked in the store as teenagers. They understand how Ken’s Market contributes the sense of neighborhood that builds solid communities.

The other business honored at this year’s ceremony is Five Corners Hardware at 3rd Avenue W. and W. McGraw St. Like Ken’s, this building once housed a grocery store, but it has been a hardware store for 80 years. Today, Five Corners is amazing because it adds marvelous to our walkability score and because ownership remains in the family of its founders who opened the doors on June 1, 1940.   

Celebrating 75 years in June 2015



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