Port Gardner Neighborhood self-guided history tour
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Welcome to Port Gardner Neighborhood! The boundaries for this website exclude the central business district -- we focus on Pacific Ave to 41st St, from bayside to riverside.
Pick a street of interest, and while walking compare the old photographs with today.
|Pacific Ave||Tulalip Ave|
|Laurel Dr||Grand Ave|
|Edward Ave||Colby Ave|
E. A. Ramstad house ()
The old Monte Cristo Hotel / Providence Hospital (1892-1924)
To promote the new city, one of the earliest and definitely the most ambitious building was the Monte Cristo hotel. It was named for the gold mining town 38 miles east. Eastern industrialists with funds from John D. Rockefeller were rushing to complete the railroad between the two towns, completed in 1893. The hotel would be perfect for the Rockefeller syndicate for lavish events.
The U=shaped hotel had 75 sleeping rooms, a billiard parlor, saloon, barber shop, 36 x 40 foot kitchen, 40 x 50 foot main dining room, a gentleman's private writing room, and a ladies' parlor with fireplace and piano. Architect: Charles Hove.
But by 1905 the hotel was purchased for $50,000 by the Sisters of Providence, to become their hospital. It had 75 beds, starting with 11 Sisters and 3 employees. Thus it remained until 1924, when the young building was torn down shortly after a new hospital was built just to the east.
Providence Hospital (1923)
Longfellow School (1911-2017?)
Longfellow School, 3715 Oakes Ave, built in 1911. The new school, designed by Wesley R. Hastings and built by R.B. McAdam, was erected for about $38,000. Its design reflected a subdued vernacular version of the popular Beaux Arts Classic style with symmetrically placed windows and a decorative cornice as part of a pronounced entablature. The 12-room concrete structure was faced with a stucco finish. The district broke tradition by naming the school for a literary figure instead of for a U.S. president. Later other city schools were named for poets.
Important alumni include Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson, and Stan Boreson.
As of this writing (Feb 2017), Longfellow School is in jeapordy of being torn down for a parking lot. Longfellow School was used for students from 1911-1971. Later it was the administration building for the Everett School District. More information on Longfellow School.
Everett Memorial Stadium (1947)
The area of the stadium and parking area was once a wetland and had a brick yard near by to the south.
The school district discussed and planned for years for a new athletic complex. The Everett Elks Lodge No. 479 donated land for the stadium in 1947, dedicating it to Everett men who died during WWII. Rushing to complete before the end of the football season, the grandstand was built by Associated Sand and Gravel of Everett, owned by EHS grads Howard Sievers and George Duecy. The stadium roof was built by Newland Builders, owned by EHS grads, the Newland family. On November 1, 1947, Governor Mon Wallgren gave the dedication address, and the first game for the stadium was Everett vs. traditional rival Bellingham. The Seaguls won the game
In the 1960s, the stadium roof was built by Newland Builders, owned by EHS grads, the Newland family. In 1981, a new fieldhouse, named for longtime coach and athletic director Jim Ennis opened. The all-weather track and press box were added in the 1980s.
End of walking tour
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