AKA: Queen Anne Retaining Walls, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA; Willcox Walls, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - infrastructure - roads

Designers: Willcox and Sayward, Architects (firm); William J. Sayward (architect); Walter Ross Baumes Willcox (architect)

Dates: constructed 1913-1914

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1222 8th Place West
Queen Anne, Seattle, WA 98119

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Willcox and Seyward's retaining walls lined Queen Anne Boulevard between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue. They shored up roadway cuts made in the hillside of western Queen Anne.


The Queen Anne Historical Society.org noted on its web site: "In 1989, after nearby residents complained of deterioration and damaged and missing light fixtures, Seattle began renovations and repairs to the Eighth West section of the Walls. The cost of repairs was funded by a Parks levy approved by Seattle voters. The work included replacing missing, broken, or cracked bricks; removing rust from reinforcing bar; patching mortar; and restoring the more than 60 light standards along the Walls. Cast aluminum reproductions were made in order to replicate, as closely as possible, their original design, ornamentation, and detail. However, as the original light green color was no longer available, the replicas are dark green." (See Queen Anne Historical Society.org, "Willcox Walls– Seventh Avenue West and Eighth Avenue West," accessed 11-10-2014.)

PCAD id: 12975