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Port Gardner Neighborhood self-guided history tour
Everett, Washington

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Taken from about Rockefeller and 37th, this Seely Photo shows Everett and Mt Baker. Everett Museum of History collection

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.

Streets Index

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

E-W N-S
Pacific Ave Tulalip Ave
Nassau St
Laurel Dr Grand Ave
Edward Ave Colby Ave
Wetmore Ave
Rockefeller Ave
Oakes Ave
Broadway Ave
Paine Ave

Pacific Ave

Tulalip Ave

Laurel Dr

A view from Rucker Hill in 1925 looking approximately north, with Laurel Drive homes in the foreground. The Ruckers had a grand view of their city. Jack O'Donnell collection

This picture also shows the house next door, 513 Laurel (check address). Duryee family collection
The Duryees owned 501 Laurel, and the Colemans owned 522 Laurel (check address). Duryee family collection
A woman in the doorway. Duryee family collection

Edward Ave

E. A. Ramstad house ()

The E.A. Ramstad house, c. 1912. Carl, Arthur, EA Ramstad, and Pastor Bogstad. Dave Ramstad collection

Nassau St

The old Monte Cristo Hotel / Providence Hospital (1892-1924)

Monte Cristo Hotel postcard. Jack O'Donnell collection
The grand Monte Cristo Hotel, from a Kirk and Seely photogravure booklet published in 1902. Everett Public Library archives
Photo by Frank LaRoche on Jan 14, 1892 during construction of the Monte Cristo hotel. The Jan 28th Herald reported that the $50,000 hotel was being completed by nearly 40 men working 7 days a week. The site was selected for its view. Everett Museum of History collection
The Everett Woman's Book Club met in the Monte Cristo hotel in 1895. Everett Public Library archives
A postcard of Providence Hospital, sent to Seattle in 1907. Note the crosses and sign, changed from the hotel days. Steve Fox collection

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)

A new hospital was built 32 yards east of the Monte Criso hotel building in 1923, for $200,000. It has 126 beds. In 1962 Providence built a new service wing for obstetrics, radiology, and dietary services. Jack O'Donnell collection

Grand Ave

The 3100 block of Grand Ave. Jack O'Donnell collection

Colby Ave

Looking northwest from the corner of 33rd and Colby. Before 1892, the Everett area was densely forested. Duryee family collection
Looking northwest from the corner of 33rd and Colby. Duryee family collection
The Bakers on Oct 9, 1961, with homes in the 3300 block of Colby. Check location with Jack. Marc Baker collection
The 3800 block of Colby, east side. Jack O'Donnell collection
The 4100 block of Colby, with the Interurban car. Jack O'Donnell collection

Wetmore Ave

Rockefeller Ave

Oakes Ave

Longfellow School (1911-2017?)

Jack O'Donnell collection

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.

Broadway Ave

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.

Paine Ave

End of walking tour

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