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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Category: History

HISTORY

March 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Nothing curious about this old shop’s success

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Sketched March 6, 2014

Shrunken heads from the Amazon. A two-headed lamb. Totem poles carved by local Native Americans. A hat worn by Chief Seattle.

The Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on Pier 54 isn’t the tourist trap I expected. It’s like a museum that epitomizes the same weird Seattle I love for its Fremont Troll, Archie McPhee or the Pike Place Gum Wall.

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0 Comments | More in Businesses, History | Topics: Downtown waterfront

January 31, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Museum stands out in a park of attractions

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Sketched Jan. 28, 2014

The Seattle Asian Art Museum location in Volunteer Park may be both a curse and a blessing.

Its splendid art deco building is a perfect match for its setting high on Capitol Hill. But the grounds are so beautiful that you may lose track of time climbing up the Water Tower or peeking through Isamu Noguchi’s “Black Sun” sculpture before you go into the museum.

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0 Comments | More in Buildings, History, Museums | Topics: Capitol Hill

January 24, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Dick’s stands pat, celebrates 60 years of flipping simple, beloved burgers

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Sketched Jan. 16, 2014

The highlight of my first visit to a Dick’s Drive-In five years ago was meeting restaurant founder, Dick Spady, who is now 90. The low point was realizing that Dick’s burgers don’t come with my favorite ingredient: A slice of tomato.

Dick’s no-tomato policy doesn’t have much to do with tomatoes per se. Adding any extra ingredients would be a huge change, marketing director Jasmine Donovan told me recently as I drew Dick’s crew members in action at the restaurant’s original location in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.

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0 Comments | More in Food and restaurants, History, Portraits | Topics: Dick's Drive-In, Wallingford

January 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Queen Anne Library to turn page on century of memories

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Sketched Jan. 2, 2014

Some of my happiest childhood memories are of the hours reading and drawing at my neighborhood library in Spain. There I amused myself copying characters from my favorite comic books.

I experienced a bit of that creative feeling a few days ago at the Queen Anne Library. Only, instead of drawing cartoons, I sketched an interesting exhibit of period clothing that included the stiff morning suit you see in my sketch. The attire contrasted with the casual sportswear worn by a man who was browsing his digital reader. (Thank goodness for fashion evolution!)

The garments from the Goodwill Vintage Fashion Collection add to the historic atmosphere of the branch, which is hosting a 100th anniversary party Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. During the event, assistant branch manager Jennifer Force will share a scrapbook of memories that patrons are submitting in person and by email to carnegiememories@spl.org.

I had never been to the cozy old library before, but I hope this column can qualify for the memory book.

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0 Comments | More in Buildings, Community, History | Topics: Queen Anne

December 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Old city bathhouses stage comeback

Sketched Nov. 18, 2013 Talk about an interesting transformation. Back in the early 70s, when people stopped using the city’s historic bathhouses as places to change into their swimwear, the little brick buildings were repurposed as art centers. Currently, Seward Park’s is a ceramic studio, Madrona Beach’s hosts a dance company, and…

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0 Comments | More in Buildings, History, Waterscapes | Topics: Green Lake

November 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

At the forefront of shopping history

Sketched Nov. 15, 2013 Turns out Amazon wasn’t the first Seattle enterprise to revolutionize the shopping experience. Back in 1950, Northgate Mall made its debut as the first shopping center in the country to be defined as a “mall.” The key difference from other shopping centers was that stores faced each other along a wide…

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0 Comments | More in History | Topics: Northgate

November 15, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Unwelcoming November chill still marks birthplace of Seattle

An austere monument at Alki Avenue S.W. and 63rd Avenue S.W. marks the “birthplace of Seattle,” the point along the West Seattle shoreline where a group of pioneers led by Arthur Denny landed 162 years ago this week. I used to think the Denny Party stumbled upon these lands the same way Columbus happened…

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0 Comments | More in History, Statues, Waterscapes | Topics: West Seattle

October 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

End of the line for old bus station

Sketched Sept. 26, 2013 The days of the downtown Greyhound Bus Terminal are numbered. The entire city block where one of Seattle’s oldest transportation hubs has stood since 1927 is slated for redevelopment next year. Will we miss it? The significance of the building may be lost at first sight. The majority of the original brick…

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0 Comments | More in Buildings, History, Transportation | Topics: Downtown

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