Browse Exhibits (64 total)

Block 02: Between John St. and Denny Way , and 9th Ave. and Westlake Ave.

Block 2 is located between Westlake Avenue, 9th Avenue, Denny Way and John Street. It is home to the South lake Union Discovery Center and Denny Playfield.

Block 03: Between John St, Westlake Ave E, Denny Way, & Terry Ave N

An in depth look at the block between John St, Westlake Ave E, Denny Way,  & Terry Ave N. This block once suffered from frequent landslides and also still has trolley tracks from the interurban train that used to pass through the neighborhood.

Block 04: Terry and Boren

Block 4 is is bounded by Denny Way, Terry Way, John Street and Boren Avenue. The block is home to the Seattle Times headquarters building.

Block 05: Between Boren Ave N, Fairview Ave N, John Street and Denny Way

Block 5 is bordered by Boren Avenue, Fairview Avenue, John Street and Denny Way. This block is mostly spanned by a public parking lot, but further investigation reveals a strong connection to the Seattle Times.

Block 08: Between Yale Ave N and Eastlake Ave E

Block 8 is bordered by Yale Avenue, Eastlake Avenue and Denny Way. Its landscape, especially its topography, has been impacted by the Denny regrade in the early decades of the 20th century and the construction of I-5 in the 1960's.

Block 09: Shaped by REI and I-5

Block 9 is bordered by Eastlake Avenue, Yale Avenue, Thomas Street and John Street. Now home to the REI flagship location, the block has also been shaped by early 20th century earth-moving projects and by the later construction of Seattle's major highway, I-5.

Block 11: Immanuel Lutheran Church

Block 11 is bordered by John Street, Thomas Street, Minor Avenue and Pontius Avenue. The Immanuel Lutheran Church is one of the block's landmarks. Built in 1907, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Block 12: Between Minor Ave N and Fairview Ave, John St and Thomas St

Block 12 is bordered by Minor Avenue, Fairview Avenue, Thomas Street and John Street. Until 2010, one of the largest tenants on this block was Cascade Natural Gas Corporation, which had maintained a presence in the area for over 50 years. Now, much of the block is owned by a private developer.

Block 14: Boren Avenue North and Terry Avenue North

Block 14 is bordered by Boren Avenue, Terry Avenue, John Street and Thomas Street. Many light industrial buisnesses were once located on the block, as was a Catholic Home for the Elderly.

Block 15: Basketball Mural

Block 15 is bounded by Westlake Avenue, Terry Avenue, John Street, and Thomas Street. An electric streetcar line once ran down Westlake Avenue, perhaps servicing some of the residents whose homes were located on this block. The block was only known for a four-story mural of a Seattle Sonics player.

Block 17: Between Thomas St, John St, 8th Ave & 9th Ave

Block 17 is bordered by Thomas Street, John Street, 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue. This land was once quite close to the waterfront, but fill-in along the Lake increased the distance.

Block 20: Between Aurora Ave and Dexter Ave N, and Harrison St and Thomas St

Block 20 is  bordered by Aurora Avenue, Dexter Avenue, Harrison Street and Thomas Street. Small single family dwellings once dominated this block, but today the most prominent feature is King Broadcasting.

Block 22: Harrison St, Thomas St, 8th, and 9th

Block 22 is bordered by Harrison Street, Thomas Street, 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue.  One building on this block dating to the 1950s originally served the King County Library System. It is now administrative offices for the Experience Music Project (EMP).

Block 23: One Block, Two Stories

Block 23 is bordered by Thomas Street, Harrison Street, Westlake Avenue and 9th Avenue. It features a mix of the old and the avenue, with bio-medical research buildings on one side and small businesses with a 40-year history in the community on the other.

Block 24: Thomas by Harrison by Westlake by Terry

Block 24 is bordered by Thomas Street, Harrison Street, Westlake Avenue and Terry Avenue. A visit to the block reveals the history of transportation in South Lake Union, including remnants of a railroad line and an earlier electric streetcar. The new streetcar also passes nearby.

Block 25: and the Terry Avenue Building

Block 25 is bordered by Terry Ave N and Boren Ave N on the east and west and Harrison Street and Thomas St to the north and south. Large builidings now home to Amazon.Com Inc and the University of Washington (UW) Medicine Research program are prominent features of the contemporary streetscape.

Block 26: The Disappearance of Industry

Block 26 is bordered by Harrison Street, Fairview Avenue, Thomas Street and Boren Avenue. Unlike much of South Lake Union, this block still boasts trees planted in the 1920s as well as an historic building from that period.

Block 28: Between Harrison and Thomas and Minor and Pontius

Block 28 is bordered by Harrison Street, Thomas Street, Pontius Avenue and Minor Avenue. It is now known primarily as being home to Cascade Playground.  The area was once used for housing, then as a place for school children, followed by the community at large.  This exhibit will cover the current state of the block and its environmental, physical, and social histories.      

Block 29: Between Pontius Ave N, Yale Ave N, Harrison St, and Thomas St

Block 29 is bordered by Pontius Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Yale Street and Thomas Street. The Cascade School, which opened in 1894, served children who lived in and around this block.

Block 30: Between Harrison St., Thomas St., Yale Ave. and Eastlake Ave.

Block 30 is bordered by Harrison Street, Thomas Street, Yale Avenue and Eastlake Avenue. The construction of I-5 dramatically changed the topography and the social history of this block.

Block 31 Harrison St, Republican St, Eastlake Ave & Yale Ave

Block 31 is bordered by Harrison Street, Republican Street, Eastlake Avenue and Yale Avenue. It is home to St. Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral, a religious community founded by emigrants from Greece, Russia, Serbia and the Near East, in 1895. The cathedral dates to 1941.





Block 33: Pontius Ave N & Minor Ave N & Republican St & Harrison St

So much history is embedded in the streets of Seattle, waiting to be undiscovered. In the small community of South Lake Union, the block between Pontius Ave N & Minor Ave N became my avenue for adventure.

Block 34: Fairview Ave N by Republican St by Harrison St by Minor Ave N

This block is a great example of how much South Lake Union is changing for the growing population in urban areas.

Block 36: Between Republican, Harrison, Boren, and Terry

My block is located between Republican, Harrison, Boren, and Terry.