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Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (Gaches Mansion)

In 1891 Washington pioneer George Gaches and his wife, Louisa Wiggin Gaches, built a splendid 22-room home on a rocky ridge above the town of LaConner in Skagit County. It survives today as the Gaches...

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Paramount Theatre (Seattle)

Built in 1928 at 9th Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle, the Paramount Theatre (originally called the Seattle Theatre) has over its long history brought to town some of the most diverse entert...

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Parker's Ballroom

Seattle's venerable Parker's Ballroom (which opened in 1930 on the "New Seattle-Everett Highway," now known as Aurora Avenue N) held a unique place in Northwest music history. Like a few other local d...

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Patos Island Lighthouse (San Juan County)

Patos Island in San Juan County is the northernmost of the San Juan Islands and is known for its remoteness and beauty. A small light station became operational there in 1893, and a 38-foot tower was ...

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Phyllis Lamphere Oral History, Part 3: The Washington State Convention & Trade Center

Phyllis Lamphere (1922-2018), a native Seattleite, was deeply involved in the city's civic life for more than 50 years. She served on the city council from 1967 to 1978, where she was instrumental in ...

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Phyllis Lamphere Oral History, Part 5: MOHAI, Lake Union, and Horizon House

Phyllis Lamphere (1922-2018), a native Seattleite, was deeply involved in the city's civic life for more than 50 years. She served on the city council from 1967 to 1978, where she was instrumental in ...

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Pickett House (Bellingham)

The Pickett House, located at 910 Bancroft Street in Bellingham's Lettered Streets neighborhood, has a long and winding history dating back to the beginnings of Whatcom County. Built in 1856, the hous...

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Pier 54 (Seattle)

Pier 54 was built in 1900 and was initially the home of Galbraith Bacon and Company, a wholesale dealer in feed and construction materials. It also served the local "mosquito fleet" of steamers that t...

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Pier 57 (Seattle)

Pier 57 is one of five historic docks built on Seattle's central waterfront in the first four years of the twentieth century that are designated city landmarks. Located at the foot of University Stree...

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Pierce County Courthouse (Tacoma), 1893-1959

The Pierce County Courthouse designed by Proctor & Dennis and built in 1893 stood as a landmark in Tacoma until its demolition in 1959. After the county seat was moved to Tacoma in 1880, Pierce Co...

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Pike/Pine Auto Row (Seattle)

Beginning in the second decade of the twentieth century, almost all of Seattle's early automobile dealerships and related businesses occupied a few square blocks on Capitol Hill, an area soon dubbed A...

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Pioneer Building, The (Seattle)

Seattle's Pioneer Building, located at the northeast corner of 1st Avenue and James Street, was the first of three legacy buildings built by Seattle pioneer Henry Yesler (1810-1892) after the Great Se...

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Pomeroy Substation (Garfield County)

The substation designed and built by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) near Pomeroy helped expand the spread of electricity to the far-flung residents of Garfield County in Southeast Washingto...

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Puyallup National Guard Armory

The National Guard Armory in Puyallup was home to National Guard units since the 1950s, beginning with Battery B, 240th Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion. It later hosted other artillery units an...

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Queen Anne Branch, The Seattle Public Library

The Queen Anne Branch, The Seattle Public Library, located at 4th Avenue W and W Garfield, was the fourth of the Seattle Public Library branches built with funds from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1...

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Railroad Stations in Seattle

The history of railroad stations in Seattle reflects comprehensive changes in the overall architectural character of the city. Railroad development closely paralleled Seattle's urban development. It i...

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Rainier Beach Branch, The Seattle Public Library

The Rainier Beach Branch, The Seattle Public Library, is Seattle's southeastern-most branch library. Located at 9125 Rainier Avenue S, the branch traces its roots to a storefront operation that opened...

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Rainier Club (Seattle)

The Rainier Club is Seattle's oldest private club, established in 1888 when Washington was still a territory. A handful of politicians and business leaders met on February 23, 1888, to discuss the ide...

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Reard-Freed Farmhouse (Sammamish)

The Reard-Freed farmhouse in Sammamish (King County), built in 1895, has a long and rich local history, and the original farmstead on which the house was built has the distinction of being the only lo...

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Riach Honda Building (Seattle)

The Riach Honda Building was located at 1017 Olive Way on the southwest corner of Olive Way and Boren Avenue in downtown Seattle. For more than a century, the location was connected to the automotive ...

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Ruby Theatre (Chelan)

In an era when old theaters are fewer and farther between, the Ruby Theatre in Chelan, 135 E Woodin Avenue, may very well be Washington state’s oldest motion picture venue. Whereas ...

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San Juan Historical Society and Museum (San Juan Island)

In 1961, San Juan Island residents who shared an interest in preserving the community's historical documents and artifacts established the San Juan Historical Society. Society members immediately soug...

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Sandbox at the Seattle Hotel

Bill Bonham managed hotels in the Northwest in the 1920s through the 1940s, including the Seattle Hotel at 1st Avenue and Yesler Way in Seattle and the Hotel Monticello in Longview. Bonham's daughter,...

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Seattle City Halls

Since the City of Seattle was incorporated in 1869, city government has occupied various spaces, beginning with rented facilities all over town. Seattle's first City Hall, built in 1882, was located a...

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