NW Neighborhood self-guided history tour
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The official boundaries are north of 19th St, and west of Broadway Ave.
From the Aug 1992 survey, by Marilyn Sullivan, historic preservation planner:
The men who built the homes along the bluff overlooking Port Gardner dreamed of factories, railroads, mills and mines.
Those who had already made their fortune built substantial homes on large lots,
those who were still following the dream built simple cottages on small lots, sometimes on the same block.
They were built during the Rockefeller Boom (1891-99), the Hill Revival period (1900-15), and the twenties boom (1916-29).
When this home was built in 1932, this house was at the edge of Everett homes.
Growth was slow during the Great Depression.
Albert and Maude Maulsby, who owned a mortuary at 1711 Wall St, built the home.
They had four children: Zene and Rollo (grown and married by this time), and Dent and Betty.
Betty recalled it was the first home in the neighborhood, surrounded by trees.
It was hard to get her friends to visit on a dark and muddy night.
The house has a subtle curve tha matches the shape of Grand Ave.
This is easier to notice when viewing the house from the back.
Curved steps lead up to an enclosed arched entrance.
Above the formal entrance are matching arched windows and a balcony.
Well executed woodworking details of fir, mahogany and oak,
and a splendid wrought iron staircase are inside.
At the top of the stairs is an entrance to a formerly open porch, now enclosed.
A small, charming room between two bedrooms was originally the maid's quarters.
Edwin (Ned) and Ella Blackman Gray house ()
Ella Gray was Ella Blackman, sister of Charles A. Blackman of the C.A.Blackman Shingle mill at Blackman's Point.
Ned Gray was a foreman with the Clough-Hartley mill.
He had an industrial accident in 1914 where he lost 4 fingers, but did not miss a day of work!
The journal of Ella Gray describes a dismal and bleak existence during the Great Depression while living at 1521 Grand.
On Jan 25, 1942, a P-39 airplane crashed into the back of the house, with pieces of its roof scattered "like shredded wheat."
See more about this strange story in this HistoryLink article by Margaret Riddle,
and this Herald article.
See also Everett Daily Herald, Feb 18, 1942.
Grand Avenue Park
Information from "The History of Everett Parks":
Charles Fratt (see 1725 Grand) was instrumental in setting aside this park for Everettians.
The granite marker for Captain George Vancouver was placed 123 years after his landing near this spot
on June 4, 1792.
At that time, the waters licked the bluffs below the park.
The landfill extending into the bay came more than 100 years after Vancouver's landing.
In 1906 the city bought this land from the Everett Improvement Company for $1.
The 13 year old city was advertised as the City of Smokestacks.
You could view many of those smokestacks from the bluff.
A set of steps led down to the mills at 19th St, gone by the 1960s.
Lights were installed in August 1923.
Picnic tables removed in 1961.
New sidewalk in 1964.
The compass mosaic in unknown date.
Butler/Jackson House (1910)
Built for William C. Butler, the most powerful banker in Everett.
August F. Heide was the architect.
Henry "Scoop" Jackson, U.S. Senator and presidential candidate, bought it in 1967.
Charles and Idalia Fratt / Monrad and Mabel Wallgren House (1906)
Everett Register. Built by G.H. Bishop. Architect?
This house has a particularly rich, fascinating history.
Built for the businessman, Charles D. Fratt, it was the only house within a six block radius in 1906.
The first house burned down when nearly complete in 1905.
In 1941, U.S. Senator Monrad C. Wallgren bought the house.
He later became Governor of Washington state.
The future President Harry Truman stayed here while visiting the Wallgrens.
This eclectic house is reflective of a late example of the Shingle style, with Classical Revival tapered columns and cornice returns.
The Shingle style is perhaps the first American house style, first used for wealthy east coast families.
The house had several unsympathetic remodels, but it has been lovingly restored close to its original look.
Construction began in 1904.
On February 8, 1905, the nearly complete home was completely destroyed in a fire.
The Everett Herald reported "the interior was ablaze and the flames were breaking out of the windows".
Unfortunately, the nearest hydrant was a couple blocks away, and the fire department's ladders were too short for the house.
With low pressure and the low nozzle, firemen could not spray water high enough.
Finally a hose reducer allowed them to reach the second floor.
The house was valued at $4500, insured for $3000, and was a total loss.
The site was cleared and construction of the present house was completed in late 1906.
Charles Fratt (1862-1928) and Idalia Fratt (1867-1954)
The Fratts lived here from 1905-1931.
Fratt had reportedly agreed with the city to build only if the three blocks across the street, then platted for 25-foot residential lots,
would be designated as a park to preserve the view of the bay and his business interests on the flats below.
See Everett Herald, July 4, 1905.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Fratt's father was President of First National Bank of Racine.
Fratt graduated from University of Wisconsin and rose to sec/treas of Webster Manufacturing Company.
He moved out west in 1889, as head of the St. Paul and Tacoma Lumber Co in Tacoma.
Here he met Idalia Oiumette.
Idalia's father was President of Washington National Bank in Olympia.
She was one of the first graduates of the exclusive Annie Wright Seminary in 1886.
Their wedding in July 1892 was covered well in the Tacoma newspapers.
They raised six children.
They moved to Everett about 1892, where Charles became VP of Everett First National Bank by 1902.
He was sec/treas of Robinson Manufacturing Co., also in 1902.
And treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce, member of Cascade Club, and officer of Everett Golf and Country Club.
Thus he was very influential in the first few decades of Everett.
Charles passed away in 1928 after a short illness.
Idalia lived here until the early 1930s, when she moved to Seattle, where she died in 1954.
In 1931, William T. and Martha Knowles bought the house.
William was president of the K & K Timber Co.
They removed the front entry porch, the second floor flare, and the original shingle siding was replaced with raked cedar shingles.
They also enclosed the rear porch and extended the roofline.
William died in 1933; Martha and the children lived there until 1935.
Guy & Lilly Brazeau bought it in 1935.
Guy was mill manager at Weyerhauser Timber Co., Pulp Division.
They sold it in 1941 to U.S. Senator Mongrad Wallgren and his wife, Mabel.
Monrad Wallgren (1891-1961)
Monrad Wallgren, later Washington State Governor lived here from 1941 to June, 1943.
Wallgren had been a U.S. Representative since 1932, swept in as part of the New Deal.
Then U.S. Senator Wallgren was a close associate of Vice President Harry S. Truman, who visited Wallgren in Everett on several occasions.
The room where Truman was reported to have slept is now decorated with Truman memorabilia.
Monrad was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1891, and raised in Galvaston, Texas and Everett.
The family moved to Everett when he was ten years old.
He went to Everett schools and the Washington State School of Optometry in Spokane, year of 1914.
Returning to Everett, he was an optometrist and jeweler.
In the House, Wallgren was part of creating the Olympic National Park in 1938.
Near the end of his fourth term, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill a vacancy.
Shortly after that, he left Everett.
Interestingly, he was replaced by the young Henry M. Jackson who later lived at the other end of the block.
Wallgren was important during the war years, involved in several important war efforts.
These include saving the nation billions over defective airplanes and ships, and removal of Japanese-Americans from the west coast.
Wallgren beat the incumbant Governor Arthur Langlie in the 1944 election.
After a controversial term, Langlie won the 1948 gubanatorial election again.
The Wallgrens retired from public life, and he died from injuries from a car accident in Olympia in 1961.
Dr. Russell & Aileen Townsend bought the home in 1943.
Dr. William (pediatrician, died 1970) & Dorothy Meyer bought it in 1951, and the family remained until 1975.
Robert (manager JC Penney) & Mary Smith owned it until sold to the Stuchells in 1980.
The current owners purchased it in 1997, saving it from potential demolition.
The exterior of the home was significantly altered over the years, including removal of the balconies.
The current owners have restored the exterior architecture to its original appearance as seen in 100 year old photographs.
A garage built in the 1940s has been replaced with a two-story carriage house, built to match the architecture of the house.
The foundation has been brought up to modern earthquake code.
This stately American Foursquare was probably built in 1903.
The first owner on record was Charles Bell from 1909-11.
This could have been a "kit" house, common in the boom years of that decade.
The Mortland family lived here from 1928-72, purchased from Dan Duryee Sr.
Washington School, bounded by Rockefeller and Oakes Avenues and 17th and 18th Streets
replaced the old 1902 18th St school on the southwest part of the block when it opened in 1908.
The $55,000 building was designed by Northwest school architect James Stephen who shortly after planned Everett High School.
It was constructed by George MacKenzie.
The school received an addition to the east that made it the largest elementary school in the city for years.
In its last years it served as a sixth grade center before closing in 1972.
Local architect Bill Finley arranged to purchase the building in 1982 and retrofit it into a quality retirement home.
The 1950s gymnasium was removed adn two buildings were built to the north and south.
The grand opening of Washington Oakes senior housing was November 1988.
The area near the bluffs are above ancient villages, where archeologists have found arrowheads.
More information is on the Hibulb interpretive signs.
Across the river, in 1877 the Tulalip reservation was assigned for these peoples.
The park was proposed in 1929, finally with land provided in 1932.
During the Depression, 60 acres of land was cleared by blasting the huge stumps.
The American Legion appplied to the WPA for funds in 1934, when grading, plantings, and picnic areas were made.
Oct 2, 1935 was when the American Legion transferred its title to the city.
The city built the golf course, baseball diamond, and six tennis courts with WPA and Legion money.
In 1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. gave funds for the community center.
In 1951, 7.7 acres were donated to the Everett School District for a junior college.
The aboretum was made in 1963.
The golf course was Everett's first public course.
In the 1930s, only 343 golf courses were in the U.S., and Everett had one.
A nine-hole course opened on July 24, 1937.
By 1938 you could golf eighteen holes, par 73.
In 1953 when some land was transferred to the school district for the junior college,
holes 13, 14, 15, and 16 were affected (15 was lost completely).
After the changes, the course changed to par 72.