Saint Edward State Park is an enormous park located in Kenmore, WA, but also kind of Kirkland as well. With this being a state park, visitors must pay a $10/day parking fee to even visit the grounds, so I recommend taking advantage of one of the free park days throughout the year, or use the Discover Pass that you purchased with your annual fishing license. 😉
The most impressive part of this park is the old Seminary, built in 1930. The building is rich with detail and personality, and it is really a shame that the interior it is not currently open to the public. The building has many great examples of Romanesque architecture, such as the semicircular arches over the doorways and windows and the bell tower. The window pairs with the pilar in between was also a common feature.Look at this detail work on the second story of the dining hall. (You’ll need to zoom in on the photo to appreciate it.) In the center of each window pair, on top of each capitol (the fancy part at the top of the pillar) there appears to be…is that the pope? Founder Bishop Edward John O’Dea perhaps? I’m always amazed at second-story-and-above details like this. So few people will ever even notice them, but they were worth the price to someone.
Another feature of Romanesque architecture was the elaborate portals, or main entries to a building, and this building is a great example! Above the main entrance door for Saint Edwards, the inscription reads, “spes messis in semine,” which I believe is the motto for the papacy It roughly translates to, “the hope of the harvest is in the seed.” I have kept the resolution relatively high on this image so readers can zoom in on the details. The artistry in the architecture here is amazing! Over the other door, the inscription reads “omnibus omnia facts sum”, which is a Latin quote from I Corinthians 9. This one roughly translates to mean “I become all things.”
Now for the playground. Located very near the seminary, this playground (the largest in the state, according to the Seattle Times) was built in 2003, and it is still awesome today. It is completely fenced in , which is a blessing for many parents, but the interesting part here is that the fence rails have donors inscribed on them. Here are a few of them (please forgive any transcription errors as my eyes are beginning to age):
The Sise Family
The Kayes Family
The plaque at the entrance to the playground says that it was designed by the children of the community and built by “over 2,000 community volunteers.” It also lists several key donors, such as:
Bald Eagle Tower donated in memory of Bill H Newman
Spiral Tube Slide donated by Marcie & Mike Rodgers
Climbing Wall donated by Haley Ashland & Art Turock
Perimeter Benches donated by the McAlister Families.