Monthly Archives: November 2017

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in December

We wish you happy holidays this December! Here are some fun holiday happenings around the Queen Anne neighborhood.

All December: Winterfest
10am – 6pm | Seattle Center
Experience the annual Winterfest events at Seattle Center all month long! There’s a beautiful winter train and village to enjoy daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and an ice skating rink that is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Additionally, there will be ice sculpting every Saturday from 12 noon until 2 p.m. and Dickens Carolers on Sundays from 2 – 3 p.m.

All December: The Nutcracker
10am – 6pm | McCaw Hall
Don’t miss this holiday tradition! George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is now playing at McCaw Hall. Performances are at varying times on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays each week through December 28th

December 2 – 3: Urban Craft Uprising
10am – 5pm | Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Make a dent in your holiday shopping and browse handmade goods at the Seattle Center’s Urban Craft Uprising. There will be more than 150 vendors, selling everything from clothes, jewelry, accessories, housewares, art, paper goods and more! This event is free to attend, and the first 100 attendees will receive a free swag bag.

December 3: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast features an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on December 3rd, with live music by Skandia Kapell, Spelmanslag and Nordleik. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

December 5: 107.7 The End’s Deck the Hall Ball
3pm | KeyArena
The annual Deck the Hall Ball from 107.7 The End returns on December 5th with a lineup that includes Odesza, Portugal. The Man, Joywave, The Killers, J Grgry, The Lumineers, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and so much more!

December 10: Luciafest
3pm – 5pm | Swedish Club NW
The patron of this time of year for Swedes is Saint Lucia, and she and the season will be celebrated at the Swedish Club NW with Luciafest! On December 10th, enjoy tasty baked goods fiddle music, and dancing around the tree. The price is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

December 18 – 29: Winter Camps
9am – 4pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Kids ages 4 – 10 can now register for the Winter Camps at Seattle Children’s Museum. Each day will have a designated theme that’s matched with fun activities as well as educational programs. Register for a half day, full day or full week!


The Ruins: Possible Closure In January, Listed for Sale

By Sarah Anne Lloyd

A two-story commercial building in Uptown (or lower Queen Anne, depending on your preference) is for sale. Built in 1928, it stands out for that classic warehouse style, with huge, multi-paned windows and an ornamented roofline. But what really makes it stand out is inside: The bottom floor is home to the event space and members-only dining club The Ruins.

Both the building and the business are for sale. A representative for the Ruins told us that without a buyer, the business will close in January after their annual January 1 member dinner.

The elaborately-designed space features four separate event venues: The Ballroom, with hand-painted murals; reception space the Chocolate Room; and both a large and small dining room.

All of them are eclectically decorated, from an outdoor courtyard covered in ferns to large animal statues—including a commanding life-size elephant—to commanding formal chandeliers. The walls are painted in bold, bright colors under high ceilings. French doors can either open up the space or create more intimate gatherings.

Even more behind-the-scenes spaces, like kitchens, are colorful and offbeat.

Upstairs, two vacant office suites provide more space, but aren’t quite as exciting-looking (yet).

When it was first built, according to its historic designation, the building was home to an auto body-building plant for Tricoach Manufacturing Company. Later, it became a drafting office and then a pottery manufacturer. The Ruins moved in and remodeled in the early 1990s.

The building’s listed for $4.3 million.

Syndicated from Seattle Curbed

New 3-Story Building Planned for Parking Lot Next to the Frances Skinner Edris Nursing Home

By Brian Miller
The three-story building at 2120 First Ave. N. opened in 1923 as a nurses’ residence for Seattle Children’s Orthopedic Hospital.

Tucked between Queen Anne Manor and the Safeway on Upper Queen Anne is a charming little Georgian-style three-story building at 2120 First Ave. N.

It was developed in 1923 as a nurses’ residence for Seattle Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, which was located in what is now the Queen Anne Manor retirement community. The narrow property extends from North Boston to North Crockett streets, and shares the block with the former hospital, built in 1910.

Seattle Children’s moved to Laurelhurst in 1953, and the nurses’ residence was used for offices by King County.

In the late 1970s, the American Cancer Society bought the small building, also called the Frances Skinner Edris Nursing Home, for offices. Now ACS is selling the entire 16,005-square-foot property, which includes a parking lot to the south.

JLL’s Jordan Louie and Doug Hanafin are the brokers, and their listing says that ACS intends to lease back the offices through the first quarter of 2019, allowing time for entitlements.

“I have it under contract,” confirms Brian Regan of Equinox Properties. “We hope to close in December.”

Regan hired Skidmore Janette as the architect, and filed an early plan for a project that he calls Arbor Space.

On the parking lot to the south, a new three-story building would have “potentially 40 units” with one level of underground parking.

The existing ACS building, with about 13,000 square feet, would remain as office space serving smaller tenants. “I’d probably landmark it,” says Regan, given the historic provenance, before making interior upgrades and other renovations.

The building was designed by A.H. Albertson (1872-1964). Alone or with partners, Albertson also designed Northern Life Tower (aka Seattle Tower), the Cobb Building, the downtown YMCA, Cornish College’s Spanish-style Kerry Hall and the Women’s University Club.

“It’s a pretty amazing building,” says Regan. “It’s in pretty good shape.”

Separately, Regan says he hopes to have permits in February or March for 9th Space, an office building he is planning at 308 Ninth Ave. N., in South Lake Union. Skidmore Janette is also the architect for that project.

Meanwhile, next door to the ACS building, Safeway intends to redevelop its property with a new store and 251 units above. Holland Partner Group is developing that project for Safeway.

Syndicated from the Daily Journal of Commerce.