Curtiss Parker photographs of the Denny Regrade, 1909  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Parker, I. Curtiss
Curtiss Parker photographs of the Denny Regrade
1909 (inclusive)
20 photographic prints (1 folder) ; 5 x 9 in.
Collection Number
Photographs of the Denny Hill regrade and Curtiss Parker residence taken by Curtiss Parker circa 1909
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
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Box 352900
Seattle, WA
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The Denny Hill regrade was a project that took many years and and $2.25 million dollars to complete. The first phase (1898-1899) leveled 1st Avenue from Pine Street to Denny Way. The second phase, during which the photographs in this collection were taken, regraded the area from 2nd to 5th Avenues between Pike and Cedar Streets. It took 11 years for this phase to be completed. In this phase, more than five million cubic yards of dirt were sluiced into Elliott Bay. The avenues and streets were lowered to a gradient no more than 5%, and 4th and 5th Avenues were widened. The Denny Hill regrade was not fully completed until the 1930s, when the last embankment along 5th Avenue was removed.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of photographs taken by Curtiss Parker of the second phase of the Denny Hill regrade and the Curtiss Parker residence.

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Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1  3rd Avenue between Pike and Pine
Written on verso: Looking N. on 3rd Ave from between Pike & Pine.
circa 1909
1 2  Men working with a steam shovel on Denny Hill regrade
Written on verso: Denny Hill Regrade S.E. Cor 3rd & Olive - 1909.
1 3  4th Avenue from Jefferson street
Written on verso: Looking North on 4th Ave from Jefferson St.
1 4  Homes and courthouse above regrade
Written on verso: S.E. Cor. 4th & Cherry S.A.C. on extreme right.
circa 1909
1 5  Homes and building foundations along 4th Avenue
Written on verso: E. side of 4th Ave between Columbia & Cherry. J.M Colman res left center.
circa 1909
1 6  J.M. Colman residence above regrade
Written on verso: S.E. Cor 4th & Columbia. J.M. Colman home in center.
March 1909
1 7  Regrade work in front of buildings on 4th Avenue
Written on verso: 4th Ave North from Spring. White Bldg Left center. Olympic Hotel-center. F.H. Whitworth home. Hungerford Hotel (McNaught House) Extreme right.
March 1909
1 8  People on makeshift sidewalk along regrade
Written on verso: Spring St Looking East from 4th Ave.
circa 1909
1 9  Buildings along 4th Ave with exposed foundations
Written on verso: 4th Ave (East side) between Seneca & Spring St. 1 F.H. Whitworth; 2; 3; 4 Old McNaught house-Hungerford Hotel; 5 Library.Written on photograph: 1-5; Providence Hospital.
circa 1909
1 10  Homes along regrade at 4th Avenue
Written on verso: Looking East on Seneca st from 4th Ave. I.C. Parker residence at SE Cor 8th & Seneca. Note: Street slopes to East.
1 11  Steam shovel and men removing dirt
Written on verso: NE Cor 4th & Pine 105' Cut.
March 1909
1 12  Buildings at 5th Avenue and Seneca Street
Written on verso: 1 NE Cor 5th & Seneca St Spring Apts. 2. J.E Chilberg's Home. 3. Presbyterian Church.
March 1909
1 13  6th and Seneca looking south on 6th Avenue
Written on verso: 6th & Seneca Looking South on 6th Ave Providence Hospital Bldg in distance.
circa 1909
1 14  Dirt and rocks piled high behind homes
Written on verso: SE. Cor 8th Ave & Stewart Bus Terminal.
1 15  House atop a mound
Written on verso: Bellevue-Summit North from Pike Street.
1 16  Corner of what once was the 3rd Avenue Theatre
Written on verso: N.E. Cor 3rd & Madison. Site of Old 3rd Ave Theatre. Catholic Church Church on extreme left (see 5th & Spring). Lincoln Hotel on right. 1st Presbyterian Church Center.
March 1909
1 17  Row of bulidings with exposed foundations
Written on verso: E. side 4th Ave between James and Jefferson.
circa 1909
1 18  Trolly near the Hotel Mansfield along regrade
Written on verso: James St. between 4th & 5th Taken from 4th Ave looking south. City hall on extreme right. Court House (Profanity Hill) tower on left. "The Mansfield" still standing 1957.
March 1909
1 19 Seattle City Hall with Frye Hotel construction in background March 1909
1 20  Curtiss Parker residence, 1120 8th Ave, Seattle
Written on verso: Parker Residence S.E. Corner 8th & Seneca St. 1120 8th Ave.
circa 1909

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  • Parker, I. Curtiss--Photographs

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