Reframe: Bellevue & Olive

February 8th, 2010 @ 12:03 am by Cliffe | Sorted Reframe |
Here’s a scene from Capital Hill that has changed very little over the years.
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The Reframe shows Bellevue Ave and Olive Way — a bit of a blast from the past for me since I lived just a block from here a few years ago.
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A quick Google streetview look around the triangular buildings reveals that it is original (Westinghouse X-Ray at the time). The area around the Columbia Ale billboard looks like it was developed during the 50′s or 60′s. Click for the high res.
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Bellevue Ave. and Olive Way, July 10, 1945. Photograph courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives.
Link to Google Street View

14 Responses to “Reframe: Bellevue & Olive”

  1. Encolpius says:

    Remarkably similar to the view today. It looks like there is a house located where the Starbucks is now. The perspective in the Google is a bit hard to match up. I wonder if the billboard was where the newer building and trees are, or if it extended in front of the apartment house next door?

  2. GAM says:

    I think that house is where Starbucks’ parking lot is now. I think the Starbucks building is barely visible to the left of the large house. Would it have been the Plaid Piper at this time?

  3. Shannon C. says:

    That house is confusing, perspective wise. It looks like it’s right at the intersection of Olive and Denny. Maybe somone could look it up on HistoricAerials? I can’t get that site to work here at my workplace, or else I would do it right now!

  4. Julie Anne says:

    I love that little triangle building that once was Westinghouse.

    I adore oddly-shaped buildings.

  5. Brad says:

    Does anybody know what business is in the building just to the left of the beer billboard? I can’t make out the sign. The Crescent Tavern is there now.

  6. Colin says:

    It’s hard to make out that sign because the lamp post & size but I can see that the last part of the name is downie’s and the bottom looks like Camera or laundromat. Hard to tell with this picture

  7. -Marty says:

    Interesting how whenever one compares almost any old/vintage picture of Seattle
    with the same spot today, there is almost always MORE Trees in the current picture… Pioneer Square is a good example of this.

  8. @Shannon:
    The Historic Aerials dataset for 1936 indeed shows a small house where the Starbucks parking lot is now. It was gone by 1968. The house in this shot looks larger, but I think a lot of that mass is the apartment building behind it.

    About the house seeming to be in the intersection of Denny/Olive — keep in mind that those old lenses were shaped in a way that they compressed the field of view (behaving like telephoto lenses), while today’s lenses typically are built to do the opposite (show more periphery = wide angle). Witness the Google view, where you can’t even see the bend in the road because it’s “so far away”.

    So in the image above, there is actually a severely compressed block or two between the bus parked on the right and the house in question. Denny is actually crossing immediately in front of the bus, I think. There’s a car or truck barely visible on Denny that has just crossed Olive heading west.

  9. skye says:

    the oddly shaped building turned into wingdome and is now the Saint

  10. skye says:

    the nearest car is at the corner of Summit and Howell

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