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Port Gardner Neighborhood
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Everett, Washington

The neighborhood

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.

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Pacific Ave Tulalip Ave
Federal Ave
Kromer Ave
Nassau St
Norton Ave
Laurel Dr Grand Ave
Rucker Ave
Hoyt Ave
Edward Ave Colby Ave
Wetmore Ave
Rockefeller Ave
Oakes Ave
Lombard Ave
Broadway Ave
McDougall Ave
Paine Ave
Smith Ave
Pine St

Pacific Ave

Tulalip Ave

Thomas and Martina Livingston House (1909)

Note the Rucker Mansion in the background. The Livingtons and some of their children are in the picture. Jack O'Donnell collection

The Livingstons lived here for years. Note: The house is now addressed as 3030 Tulalip. It's possible the house was slightly moved due to being over the property line. The front door was moved to the side.

1916. Larry Wold collection
1964. Home of Glenn, Cathern, Larry and Jack O'Donnell in the 1940s. Jack O'Donnell collection
Snow play on the 3300 block of Tulalip. Marjorie Duryee family collection

Federal Ave

Kromer 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

Rucker Mansion (1905)

A 1909 photo of the Rucker Mansion, looking SE. Postcards of the day would show Everett's finest homes as "typical" residences. Jack O'Donnell collection
The Rucker Mansion looking west. Jack O'Donnell collection
1908. Jack O'Donnell collection
1908, a view from Rucker Hill. Jack O'Donnell collection

National Register

This is the boldest, biggest mansion in old Everett, built by for Bethel Rucker and his newly wedded wife Ruby Brown Rucker. His mother, Jane Rucker also lived here. The Ruckers were landowners in the first boom of Everett. They also owned mills and the Big Four Inn.

Please see this HistoryLink article on one of the most influential Everett founders.

The Ruckers didn't live in the house very long. The Walton family owned it for many years.

The house combines elements of Italian Villa, Queen Anne and Georgian Revival styles.

This picture also shows the house next door, 511 Laurel. Duryee family collection
The Duryees owned 501 Laurel, and the Colemans owned 522 Laurel. Duryee family collection
A Duryee (Maureen's grandmother) 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

GONE: 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

The hotel

Architect: Charles Hove.

To promote the new city, one of the earliest and definitely the most ambitious building was the Monte Cristo Hotel. Originally it was to be named for Charles Colby, but he declined. It was named for the gold mining district 38 miles east in the Cascade Mountains, which surely would provide riches as fantastic as in the popular novel of the time, "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexander Dumas. (It did not; Monte Cristo is now a ghost town requiring a four mile hike to visit.) 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.

The magnificent hotel was designed by Charles Hove, who lived at now-gone 3020 Kromer Ave in a house he also designed. Hove was born near Hamburg, Germany in 1849, the son of a carpenter. At age 23 he fled conscription to army and arrived in Chicago where he spent a year and a half before going to Milwaukee. He arrived in Tacoma in 1889 and designed buildings for Henry Hewitt, a founder of Everett. In 1891 he founded a partnership with August Franklin Heide and the firm became architects for the Everett Land Company. In March 1893 the partnership dissolved. In fall 1915 he was attacked and killed by a bull on his farm. Hove is buried in Everett’s Evergreen Cemetery. Jack O'Donnell research

David Clough lived here in 1903.

A postcard of Providence Hospital, sent to Seattle in 1907. Note the crosses and sign, changed from the hotel days. Steve Fox collection

Providence Hospital

In May 1904, 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. Major events for the hospital include receiving 8 victims of the Everett Massacre in 1916 and many victims of the Spanish Flu in 1918.

In 1924, the young building was torn down shortly after a new hospital was built just to the east. The sisters intended to build a modern nurses home on the hotel site, but it was built further south on Nassau. Torn down by the Healy Company, the Healys recycled many of the materials with some glass panels going as far as California. They provided 500 bricks that were scattered amongst the bricks of a new Monte Cristo Hotel, built on Wall Street in 1925.

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

Norton Ave

Keay House (1905)

Bart Keay Triesch collection

Built by Spriesterbach.

Alexander Keay immigrated from Scotland to Everett in the late 1800’s. Amy McGhie Keay and many of her siblings immigrated at about the same time from Ontario Canada. Alexander worked for several of Amy’s brothers at their meat packing company, where he met Amy. They bought the house at 3201 Norton in about 1906.

Alexander and Amy at the far right. The other adults in the photo are Amy’s siblings and their spouses. The little boy is Alexander Norval Keay. The little girl is his cousin, Jean McGhie. Everyone in the photo lived in Everett.
Standing from left: John "Jack" McGhie, William "Bill" McGhie, Jean "Jenny" McGhie, Samual "Sam" McGhie, Sarah "Sally" McGhie, Norval McGhie, Alexander Keay. Sitting from left: Jean McGhie, Marian "May' McGhie (Jack's wife), Mary McGhie, Norval Keay (child), Amy McGhie Keay. Bart Keay Triesch collection

Everett Embezzler?

Story and research by Bart Keay Triesch

Alexander was well known and popular in Everett and in 1908 he was voted City Treasurer. In 1911 Amy went back east to attend the funeral of her mother. When she returned, her husband was missing. There was much speculation that perhaps he disappeared while on a hunting trip. However, it soon was determined that a large sum of money was missing from the city’s treasury.

Alexander had embezzled between $19,000 - $23,000 from the city (about $500,000 in 2019). See Herald, Dec 6-7-8-11-14-22, 1911 stories. Despite that Pinkerton detectives searched for Alexander’s whereabouts, he was never seen again.

Amy and her two sons went on to live alone at 3201 Norton. Amy died in 1952 at the age of 86. Alexandria Keay Triesch was born in 1921 in the bedroom that extends over the front porch at 3201 Norton.

A view of the 3300 block of Norton looking north in the 1910s. Boner-Weyerhauser house, the White house (daughter), the Peglow and Hull houses. Jack O'Donnell collection
Jack O'Donnell collection

Grand Ave

The 3100 block of Grand Ave. Ed Morrow collection
Oct 1, 1923 ad. Jack O'Donnell collection
Pendleton house () Oct 24, 1923: the Pendletons enjoy their new Rickenbacker. Jack O'Donnell collection
Stuchell house () Truly Grand homes: the Stuchell house at 3316, the Shoemacher house at 3310, the F.R. Pendleton house at 3304, and the Friday-Caldbick house at 3232 Grand.. Jack O'Donnell collection
A view looking north from a 1910 postcard mailed from 2514 1/2 Grand Ave. Jack O'Donnell collection

Rucker Ave

GONE: later Ralph's store

The calendar could be 1929, 1935, 1940, 1946. Later on the store was run by Ralph Korsborn, and called "Ralph's". Torn down for a gas station.

Hoyt Ave

GONE: Everett Hospital (1905-1974)

This was one of the earliest hospitals in Everett, started by Dr. Electra Rossman Friday in 1904. An earlier hospital had closed due to financial problems. Dr. Friday operated it until passing away in 1916, then her sister Miss Julia Gould operated it until 1924 when it became apartments. Everett General Hospital started in 1924 near by. The hospital grew to use four houses, connected with corridors. After that use they were again separated. The main house became a rest home. In 1974 it was torn down for a new rest home building.

Colby Ave

Looking southeast towards the corner of 33rd and Colby. Before 1892, the Everett area was densely forested. Duryee family collection
Looking southeast towards the corner of 33rd and Colby. The dark roofed house 3308 Colby still stands. Duryee family collection

3400 Colby block (1902 panorama)

One of the few houses still standing is 3413 Colby, partially blocked by the tree in the foreground. Jack O'Donnell collection

Condominium

Dec 8, 1979. Jack O'Donnell collection
Looking north on block of Colby from 41st St, with the Interurban car. Walt Shannon collection

Wetmore Ave

Jack O'Donnell collection
Jack O'Donnell collection
Home in 1950s and 60s Harry and Bea, Jon and Keith Revoir. Jack O'Donnell collection

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March, 1915. Jack O'Donnell collection
March, 1915. Jack O'Donnell collection
Mrs. Bellrood's house. Jack O'Donnell collection

Rockefeller Ave

Duryee House

Kore, Maggie, Agnes Duryee lived here. Later Georgina and Winnefred McKinzie, school teachers.

Oakes Ave

Robert and Sarah from a postcard. Jack O'Donnell collection
Jack O'Donnell collection

Longfellow School (1911-2019?)

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.

Lombard Ave

Broadway

Superior Grocery

Gone:
Fourth of July parade, probably 1913 or 1914. Laroche Photo. Possibly one of the Rigby sisters (relatives of Emma Yule, first school teacher in Everett) holding the camera. research and photo: Jack O'Donnell collection

The Superior Grocery, right side of the picture, was at 3101 Broadway. operated by E.P. McPhall, president; William F. and Jessie G. Porter, treasurers, and Edwin M. and Myrtle B. Ellis. Later only Roy A. Hyatt was listed – as manager. Possibly living in upstairs quarters at the time were Jesse and Elinor McClure. At one point he was a machine tender at Everett Pulp and Paper and she a dressmaker working out of the home.

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.

McDougall Ave

Paine Ave

Smith Ave

Pine St

End of walking tour

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