Monday, February 22, 2010


When I was at Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle over the summer, collecting the rough temporary markers that have long marked my family’s graves, I took out my holga and wandered a bit. As I’ve mentioned I used to walk here a lot when I lived a short distance away. These aren’t all of my favorites, but they’re a few.

grandfather cedar

Grandfather cedar. Easily the most magnificent tree in Lakeview, a cemetery that is littered with magnificent trees. Old growth. Sits on the crest of the second hill.

the rhodes

The Rhodes. This small charnel house (can I fairly call it that?) matches the department store that the Rhodes built in downtown Seattle. That department store later became Frederick & Nelson and is now Nordstrom. The Rhodes also built a Greek revival home along 10th Avenue, just down the street from here. All three structures match.

My grama pointed this out to me on one of our many visits to Lakeview together.

the lees

Bruce and Brandon Lee, unquestionably the most popular denizens of Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle.

They’re rarely without a visitor or two, and their graves are covered in coins and flowers and notes.

a pioneer

A pioneer. Nestled near Henry Yesler and Princess Angelina. Otherwise unmarked.

princess angelina

Chief Sealth’s (aka Seattle) daughter Princess Angelina is buried under a rough stone near “her good friend Henry Yesler” as her marker reads. When I was a kid we lived along Angelina Avenue in Suquamish, just off Agate Pass.


The poet Denise Levertov's grave. I've written of this stone before »

temporary marker


Anonymous said...


My Mom used to work in the millinery department at Rhodes. The store was owned by Albert Rhodes and was later sold to Lamonts, which ultimately went bankrupt and was purchased by Gottchalks....which also bit the dust. Frederick and Nelson's was part of Marshall Fields. Nordstrom has always been solely owned by the Nordstrom family. All three department stores had separate ownership structures and were never related in a business sense.

suttonhoo said...

you're right and you make a good point -- by "now Nordstrom" I mean that the building itself is now occupied by Nordstrom -- as it was occupied by F&N before them. the businesses have never been connected -- they simply shared the department store that Rhodes built once upon a time.

at least that's my anecdotal understanding of the story -- I haven't verified the Rhodes part -- when I was a kid Frederick & Nelson occupied the storefront, and then sometime in the 90s Nordstrom moved in.

Bonita said...


Rhodes Dept. store in Seattle was on 2nd Avenue in the Arcade Building.

Nordstrom bought out Best Apparel and became Norstrom Best in 1969. The two original stores were on 5th avenue between Pine and Pike. Now that entire block is take up with Anthropology and other trendy retailers.

Mom also worked for Nordstrom Best in 1969 at their new Southcenter Store.


Living here so long, it is interesting to see how the city and it's businesses rise and fall..and sometimes mutate into something else.

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