Historic Seattle celebrates its 40th year with the publication of a history of First Hill
Lawrence Kreisman and Paul Dorpat
Preserving First Hill’s History
December 4, 2014
Thursday 7:30 pm, doors open at 6:30
Tradition and Change on Seattle’s First Hill: Propriety, Profanity, Pills, and Preservation (Documentary Media, 2014) reveals First Hill’s origins, how and why it changed, and the potential that exists for future development that respects the neighborhood’s surviving historic buildings. At an evening book launch on December 4, Lawrence Kreisman, Historic Seattle Program Director and the book’s editor, will introduce this one-of-a-kind project, three years in the making. Paul Dorpat, author of the prologue, will share images of the neighborhood throughout the past 150 years.
The history of First Hill is the history of development in the City of Seattle
First Hill developed on a promontory east of downtown and became the location of important churches, clubs, hotels, schools, and residences for civic leaders and entrepreneurs from the 1890s until World War I. From Sixth Avenue to Broadway and from Pike Street to Yesler Way, streets were filled with stylish residences, boarding houses, and fraternal and ethnic community halls welcoming newcomers to the Northwest from America and abroad. Many of these early buildings have been demolished. Their losses accompanied the transition to a denser, larger-scale neighborhood of institutional and commercial buildings, apartment houses for every income level, and the center of Seattle’s health care industry.
Each chapter explores a different historical, cultural, or social dimension of First Hill, providing a marvelous starting point for urban understanding and exploration. We hope the book will encourage longtime and newly settled residents, workers, shoppers, concert and lecture attendees, and visitors to think about what makes First Hill special and worthy of preservation.
About Historic Seattle
Historic Seattle believes that historic places provide an essential link to the past, reminding us of who we are and where we came from. Founded in 1974, Historic Seattle is dedicated to preserving Seattle and King County’s architectural legacy. Their mission is to educate, advocate and preserve.