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The neighborhood

This postcard, mailed on Sept 12, 1906, shows a bird's eye view of Everett. In the background are the Cascade Mountains, 20 to 50 miles to the east. Steve Fox collection
An aerial view of the neighborhood when the golf course was being constructed. Everett Public Library archives

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Welcome to NW Neighborhood! The official boundaries are north of 19th St, and west of Broadway Ave.

Streets Index

Pick a street of interest, and while walking compare the old photographs with today.

E-W N-S
4th St Grand Ave
5th St Rucker Ave
6th St Hoyt Ave
7th St Colby Ave
8th St Wetmore Ave
9th St Rockefeller Ave
10th St Oakes Ave
11th St Lombard Ave
12th St Broadway Ave
13th St Maulsby Ln
14th St Alverson Blvd
15th St
16th St
17th St
18th St
19th St

Parks Index

10th St

11th St

14th St

Grand Ave

Maulsby House (1932)

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.

Postcard. Maureen Duryee collection

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.

The History Link article has much more information.

Area near 1725 Grand. Jack O'Donnell collection
A postcard of 1725 Grand from 1911. Jack O'Donnell collection
West Coast Dairy trucks on 18th, June 23, 1928. Everett Public LIbrary archives

Grand Avenue Park

Information from "The History of Everett Parks":
Grand Ave Park. Larry Wold collection
Grand Ave Park, on a postcard labeled "19th Street Park". Larry Wold collection
Grand Ave Park, from Seattle Times June 5, 1927. Jack O'Donnell collection
Vancouver monument in the park, c. 1915. Jack O'Donnell collection

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.

Rucker Ave

Sather House (1936)
Everett Herald, Dec 3, 1955. Jack O'Donnell collection

Ole K. and Minnie Sather built this house, living in it for 15 years. In 1953, William and Denman, VP of Weyerhaeuser, and Mary Ellen Moody purchased it. Later in the 1950s, it was purchased by US Congressman Jack Westland.

W. P. Bell house

Winnifred Bell, Doris Bell, WP Bell, and an unidentified woman. Neil Anderson collection

Hoyt Ave

Hartley House (c1920)
Edward and Mary Hartley built this house about 1920. Neil Anderson collection
Smith Shingle Mill, 1915. Everett Museum of History collection
In 1959, Edward Hartley with the hooded Neil Anderson and some other kids. Neil Anderson collection
In the winter of 1956-7, in the house owned by Neil Jamison, then the Goldfinches, then the Andersons. Neil Anderson collection

Charles Bell House (c. 1903)

The Duryees at their house in 1914. Paula Van Dalen collection

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.

Colby Ave

Everett General Hospital (1924)

Everett General Hospital. Larry Wold collection
The dormitory for Everett General Hospital. Larry Wold collection

See Providence Hospital website for much on the history of this hospital.

The house in 1952. Note that cars parked in the median strip in those days. Dave Ramstad collection

Wetmore Ave

Before the hospital, Dec 1921. Everett Public Library

Rockefeller Ave

Earl Lee house (1912)

Washington School (1908)

Postcard. Larry Wold collection
Postcard. Jack O'Donnell collection
Washington School staff. Doris Bell is in the bottom row, 2nd from left. Neil Anderson collection
Washington School staff in the early 1920s. Neil Anderson collection

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.

Oakes Ave

Lombard Ave

Waits Motel

An early postcard of the Waits Motel. Steve Fox collection

Broadway

10th and Broadway (1938) Looking south. Everett Museum of History collection

Maulsby Lane

Alverson Blvd

Legion Memorial Park and Golf Course

An overview from Legion Park looking at Camano Island, from a 1957 brochure for the Medical-Dental building. Duryee family collection
From "The History of Everett Parks":

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.

End of walking tour

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