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Distant Corner: Seattle Architects and the Legacy of H.H. Richardson by Jeffrey Karl Ochsner and Dennis Alan Andersen - Washington State Historical Society

Distant Corner: Seattle Architects and the Legacy of H.H. Richardson by Jeffrey Karl Ochsner and Dennis Alan Andersen

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Distant Corner: Seattle Architects and the Legacy of H.H. Richardson by Jeffrey Karl Ochsner and Dennis Alan Andersen

"On the afternoon of 6 June 1889, a fire in a cabinet shop in downtown Seattle spread to destroy more than thirty downtown blocks covering 116 acres. Disaster soon became opportunity as Seattle's citizens turned their full energies to rebuilding: widening and regrading streets, laying new water pipes and sewer lines, promulgating a new building ordinance requiring masonry construction in the commercial core, and creating a new professional fire department. A remarkable number of building, most located in Seattle's present-day Pioneer Square Historic District, were permitted within a few months and constructed within a few years of the Great Seattle Fire. As a result, the post-fire rebuilding of Seattle offers an extraordinarily focused case study of late-nineteenth-century American urban architecture." 


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