Volunteer Park bursts with local treasures, and a wealth of history. The area that is now known as Volunteer Park was purchased by the City of Seattle in 1876 – over 140 years ago! Located on Capitol Hill, it is just a stone’s throw away from many bustling Seattle neighborhoods, including Capitol Hill, Eastlake, Madison Park, Harrison/Denny-Blaine, Madrona, and Montlake.
The land’s first use was as a cemetery, and many still rest at the old Masonic Cemetery – now called Lake View Cemetery. While plans to prune, plant, and re-purpose began in the early 1980s, but the economic panic in 1893 put a halt on those plans. Revisiting the redeisgn started in 1901, when the resivior was built, but didn’t take on full force until 1903, when the city hired the Olmsted Firm to create “a city-wide plan for parks and boulevards“.
Over the next 100 years, the park has gone through massive redesigns, including the addition of the reservoir in 1901, the water tower in 1907 and the botanical conservatory in 1912. Other additions include walking paths, lawns, flower beds, settees and tables, children’s play equipment, children’s wading pool and shelter, pergola, and music pavilion. Later, in the 1930s, the city allowed the relocation of the Art Institute of Seattle onto park grounds, which has since been rededicated as the Seattle Asian Art Museum (in 1994).
Nowadays, one can climb the water tower and learn about the history – or for simple exercise. They allow leashed pets, so take a walk with your dog around the pond. You can people watch people rest, reading, playing, or practicing yoga on the luscious lawn. Beautiful views of the city can be seen peek-a-booing through the trees, or simple take in the natural beauty of the Great Northwest! Many of the original buildings stand, and mark the history of the local region. Both the museum and conservatory are amazing spectacles, and great for any local or visitor!
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2606 25th Avenue East, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1094946
4 Bedrooms ♦ 2.75 Bathrooms ♦ 2,460 Square Feet ♦ 4,418 Square Foot Lot
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1 Bedroom ♦ 1 Bathroom ♦ 540 Square Feet
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