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John authored dozens of posts for the Northwest's most award winning neighborhood news blog, capitolhillseattle.com. You can search his...

Onion Dome Mysteries Revealed

Regardless of how modest the structure, ecclesiastical architecture has a unique expressive ability. No better example of simple forms...

Eastlake's Mid-Century Masterworks

The Eastlake neighborhood is only five blocks west of Volunteer Park but its even closer proximity to Lake Union makes it a neighborhood...

17th Avenue is as Good as it Gets

Great urban landscapes are typically comprised of a collection of good buildings and landscapes instead of superlative singular designs....

St. Joseph’s Art Deco Mastery

Few building typologies have the history or endurance of the basilica. First appearing about the 2nd Century BCE, the basilica evolved...

Lid I-5 Open House

Lid I-5 hosted a successful open house on Wednesday, July 17. OPCD Director Sam Assefa and City Council Member Sally Bagshaw shared their...

The Diabolical Diagonal

Capitol Hill streets and building parcels are almost uniformly delineated by an orthogonal grid; however, when confronted with the second...

Lid I 5 Site Walk

The sun was out, the attendees were numerous, and the TV cameras were there for Scott's Lid I-5 tour this past Saturday, March 9, 2019....

Navigating Olive Way's Terrain

A charm of living in a hilly city like Seattle is witnessing how the street grid and the buildings they define adapt to challenging...

Lid I-5 Fundraiser a Great Success

Thursday, November 8 topped-off a month of exiting developments for the Lid I-5 campaign. October 3rd was the final gathering of the...

Capitol Hill's Concrete Sentinels

Cast-in-place concrete was the touchstone modernist material. When combined with steel reinforcing it allowed for the long-span and tall...

Brutally Lovely

I have always been a uncomfortable with the architectural term brutalitist. Part of the rub is, I suppose, that the name is a perversion...

What's Your Sign's Story?

An acute lack of imagination is displayed when a building owner arrives at no more interesting a building name than its street address....

The Audacity of Volunteers

Tuesday, June 5th saw the second gathering of the faithful for the Central Hills Triangle Collaborative (CHTC), a partnership between...

The Variance in a Uniform Texture

A ritual when planning travel abroad is to consult the UNESCO World Heritage List. Weighted in favor of cultural (as opposed to natural)...

The Pleasure of the Sign(s)

It would be a bold assertion if any designer stated they could replicate the visually tumultuous, yet spectacularly successful assembly...

Dallas's Gold Standard

An important part of my advocacy for lidding Interstate 5 includes letting folks know about successful lid projects around the country. ...

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