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We specialize in the reclamation of historic building materials. Give us a call if you have an upcoming building or demolition project. We are your architectural salvage & used building materials resource center!

Labor Day Discoveries

Seattle Labor Day Parade 1938 SeattlePI MOHAI

You could say we like to scour the internet for funky, historic visual imagery to share with you, our fellow salvage and history lovers. Sounds familiar, eh? Well, we just can’t get enough of vintage photos lately. Especially ones from Vintage Seattle, the Washington State Digital Archives we mentioned in last week’s post, or our most recent find this week: the UW Projects on PNW Labor and Civil Rights. May not sound enticing, but once you click, we’re sure you’ll get sucked in like we did!

This website is chock full of interesting moments not only in PNW history. For example, did you know that the Seattle Strike of February 1919 was the first city-wide labor action in America to be proclaimed a “general strike?” There’s also an entire project page dedicated to the History of Civil Rights in our region, which in light of recent events, seemed like an appropriate read.

Finally, we really enjoyed this page of galleries with hundreds of photos from all sorts of reputable sources, including our featured image, which is a Seattle PI photo in the Lonnie Nelson Collection at MOHAI. In this shot, we’re looking North up 2nd Ave in Downtown Seattle from the south-west corner of James St at the Labor Day Parade in 1938, as the Longshoremen proceed in the parade. Here’s the modern view – see the Hartford building in both shots? Enjoy the view back in time – let us know what you find via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

The Grace Chapel Salvage: In Photos

 

This church was in Ballard: Grace Gospel Church. Although the church been used since the time it was built in 1906, the current congregation chose to sell the building due to the fact that  the “church body had gotten smaller, the repairs to [the] older building were costly and our resources were slim,” states Pastor Sharon, on the church’s website. She went on to say,”We could no longer ignore the situation we were in and after many congregational meetings we entered into a sales agreement to sell our beloved building.”

Although submitted as a potential nominee for historic building designation, the building was not deemed historically significant by the Department of Neighborhoods according to the Land Use Bulletin Decision on the City of Seattle’s website. Earthwise also searched the Washington State Digital Archives in vain for any historic photos of the church (and we may have also gotten a bit distracted by all of the FREE, downloadable, high quality historic photos of Seattle, Tacoma and all over Washington State that are available online here).

Prior to demolition, Earthwise crews have been salvaging materials from this church. We managed to save many original elements of the building, including: maghogany church pews, opaque ‘pinwheel’ glass church windows, entry and interior doors with hardware, and what is likely to be the original lighted cross emblem, which would have been used on the exterior of the church but removed and placed in attic storage at some point in time. These items will live on in our community through reuse.

For more information on the move of the congregation of Grace Gospel Church, visit the website. These items were salvaged by Earthwise in Seattle; questions about these items? Feel free to contact the Seattle location by phone (206) 624-4510 or email at seattle@ewsalvage.com. This article was written by Kadence Englehardt, Earthwise Salvage.