Queen Anne Community Center: 1901 1st Ave. W. Offering various playfields and plenty of open spaces, as well as indoor gymnasiums, this facility is one of the centers of the Upper Queen Anne community. Across the street at 1920 1st Ave. W., is the Queen Anne community pool.
Trolley Hill Park: 5th Ave. N and Blaine St. This park, created in 2002, features a community P-Patch, a picnic area, and a natural play area. The name was chosen because Fifth Avenue North was one of the main trolley lines leading up Queen Anne Hill from 1890 to 1940.
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• The Counterbalance on the south slope of the hill provides a San Francisco-style, 18-percent grade descent toward great views of the harbor and Mount Rainier. Starting in 1902 electric streets reached the hilltop on Queen Anne Avenue. It’s still something of a vertical moat separating the top and bottom of the hill.
• As one of Seattle’s first neighborhoods, Queen Anne is home to nearly 40 official Seattle landmarks, including homes that have been designated as historic. Those with a keen eye can still find the ornate “Queen Anne” style home in the Hill’s older neighborhoods.
• Harlan Thomas house, 1401 Eighth Ave. W., the Mediterraneanstyle private residence, since altered, built by the architect whose elegant fingerprints are all over the city, including the Sorrento Hotel, Chelsea Apartments, Harborview Hospital and the Queen Anne branch of the Seattle Public Library. Thomas, not long after the turn of the 20th century, visited Naples and southern Italy. The area obviously made a big impression on him.
• The George Washington Memorial Bridge, better known as the Aurora Bridge, remains an impressive presence as it links Queen Anne and the Fremont area of Seattle. The iconic bridge, which was opened in 1932, is a registered national historic site that measures 2,945 feet long, 71 feet wide and stands 167 feet above the waters of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Unfortunately, the bridge has also gained a reputation as a popular spot for suicides, resulting in the building of special fences to deter people from jumping from the bridge.
• The Space Needle: More seen than visited by locals, there’s no denying the landmark status of the Space Needle. Standing 605 feet, weighing 9550 tons, it still seems less dated, though a touch kitschier, than the Eiffel Tower. And it is certainly less static: It gets a new paint job every now and then, and it sports different banners and flags for various occasions.
• The North Queen Anne Drive Bridge, built in 1936 over Wolf Creek, was declared a historic landmark for its unique engineering style.
• Mount Pleasant Cemetery: 700 S. Raye Street, contains the remains of many early Seattle pioneers, as well as the unknown dead of the 1906 S. S. Valencia disaster. Filipino-American author and activist Carlos Bulosan is also buried there. There is a memorial to the dead of the 1916 Everett Massacre in the northeast section of the cemetery. During World War II, the cemetery served as a site for an anti-aircraft gun.
• Queen Anne Boulevard, this 3.7-mile loop drive atop the hill has been described as “the Crown of Queen Anne,” offering drivers an interesting tour through some of the area’s most historic neighborhoods.