AKA: Laurel Shade, Madison Park, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: [unspecified]

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Madison Park, Seattle, WA

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Building History

In the 1860s, prominent Seattle lawyer John J. McGilvra (1827-1903) purchased 420 acres of lakefront property in what is now the Madison Park Neighborhood of Seattle, WA. He contributed $1,500 for the construction of Madison Street, and also invested in the Madison Street Cable Railway which began operations in 1890.

A note in the "Prosch Washington Views Photograph Album, Circa 1858-1903," indicated of the McGilvra House: "Before the extension of Madison Street, it was the landing and shipping place for that neighborhood, the Portage and Yesler's being the other two on the west side of the lake." (See Archives West.org, University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division, "Prosch Washington Views Photograph Album, Circa 1858-1903," Item #94b.)

PCAD id: 14526