Monthly Archives: April 2013

On The Street…Madison Park, Seattle, WA

Curb Strip Garden

Boxwood Parterre

Curbside Boxwood Parterre

Curbside Boxwood Parterre

Most sidewalks spur you to rush, some ask you to pause, a few invite you to linger. The boxwood parterres in a strong but simple layout is sophisticated. The play of light and shadows is wonderful. The topiaries add height interest. The spring flowers filling the parterres are charming. Special note: the witty boxwood topiary “flower baskets” in the daffodils! Madison Park, Seattle, WA, USA

 

 

 

On The Street…Madison Park

Samuel Hyde House

Samuel Hyde House

Samuel Hyde House

Built in 1910 for  Samuel Hyde. This residence was designed by architects Bebb and Mendel. The gardens are said to have been designed by the Olmsted Brothers, which is possible as they were quite active in the area around that time. This structure is currently the residence of the Consul of the Russian Federation. Madison Park, Seattle, WA, USA, Neo-Classical, 1910

On The Street…Madison Park, Seattle, WA

Art Moderne

Art Moderne

I love the use here of an austere cream stucco and black paint scheme, highlighted with “just a splash of color.” The glass block balcony with the porthole window door is an Art Moderne archetype. Note, the solid  black entryway door with the winsome, tiny red window. Madison Park, Seattle, WA USA, Art Modern, 1930.

On The Street…Central District, Seattle,WA

Horace Mann School

Horace Mann School

Horace Mann School

Seattle is lucky to have some beautiful school buildings. This 1902 Neoclassical structure designed by Charles Saunders is a superb example. Originally called the “Walla Walla” school (which was the name for the neighborhood at that time), it was renamed “Horace Mann” in 1921. It served as an elementary school until 1968 and then as Nova Alternative High School.  Note, Charles Saunders designed five Seattle public schools, this is the last one remaining. Central District, Seattle, WA, USA. Neoclassical, 1902 Charles Saunders