Saint Edward State Park, Kenmore, WA

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. 😉

This informational sign placed near the front entrance of the building does a nice job of summarizing the history of the place, so just zoom in on the photo and I won’t need to rehash it all for you:

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.

Saint Edward’s Seminary Main Entry

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.”

View of the back of the Seminary from the playground area.

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):
Logan Heine
Jon Heine
Julie Heine
The Heines
The Sise Family
Myerchin Family
Pinczower Family
The Kayes Family
Peter Griffis
Rubin Maidan
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.

I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1995. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Professional Child Development. In my free time, I love LEGO, ballet, ballroom dancing, eating out, traveling, history, architecture, genealogy, and people.

Kirkland Arts Center Buy-A-Brick

While visiting the Kirkland Art Center the other day, I couldn’t help but notice the all of the engraved bricks surrounding the building. They were lining the sidewalk in front of the historic building, and they create a lovely courtyard on the building’s side. I looked around for an indication of what they were for, but to no avail. I asked the director what they were for, and she said they were from a fundraising program a few years ago, but she was a bit vague on the details. It appears many of them were purchased as a memorial for a loved one, so in honor of them, I am transcribing their names here. I am leaving out the businesses named on bricks, as well as the ones that were illegible for various reasons.

Note: As I was transcribing these, I found one that said “E.A.F.A. 10 Years,” which I am assuming refers to the Eastside Association of Fine Arts, which was founded in 1975 & still in existence today. That would make these bricks more than just “a few years” old!

Front Walk: In memory of William M. Allen; Dan & Jan Soto, 29 July 1983; Charlie – Mary – Joe Silvernale; Jacquelyn Dye, My Love May 86; Dr. Peter Hashisaki; Matthew and Linda Gregory; Megan & Justin Smith; In memory of Dina Lee; Swain 7-11-86, Dan & Kelly; Morris Oliver; Traci Marie Goodwin; Carol Gose; Jason Sullivan; Scott Bradner; Jim & Shirley, Phillip & Lynn; Arielle Riley; Justin Locke, Scott Locke; Russ Edwards; Sanford Hanson; Joe Samponi; Peter Oliver; Cynthia Snider; Eric Scott; Bill – Jeremey Bedford; Callie Marie Owen; Bruce – Connie Hanson; Donald B. Servin; Kelli Anne Goodwin; Jeanette Merki; Dorothy & Charles Fox

Nancy L. Marson; Caroll Vrba; William Cross Sikes; William F. Porter; Lori & David Wright; Patricia Klinker; Paul Helen Kirk; Jeanne & Dennis, Kim & Nicole; John W L Bedford; Chloe & Rosie Klinker; Linda Lee and Allen R. Foster; Carol & Carl Youngberg; Fred & Karin Munro; Tom B. Escott; Jeanette and Randy Walton; Paula & Kim Lyle; G Erik Meyer, March 7, 1980; Dot & Fred, El Touristos; Dr. & Mrs. M. L. Redfern; Adam Wright; David & Hahid Prakken; Paz & Chaaca Klinker; John, Michael, Jamie Kennedy; Jack, Marilyn, & Jon Olson; Malaccai & Rap Klinker; Silver Willow & Hannah; Beth Adams, Frank Hannigan; Katy Lyle; Steve & Wendy Walton; Georgia Farris; Jeanette Prakken; Stephanie Prakken; Nancy S. Escott; In memory of Joe Niebrugge; Constance Falk; Chelsea Anne Owen; Amanda Rose Owen; Bette Butler Klinker; Catherine Greene; Lesley Wright; Ross Elmer; Connie Falk; The Monk Man, Bradley Cooper; David James Sikes III; Jane & Jack Adams; Agnes O’Neil Butler; Georgie Kilrain; Mary Flynn.

Linda Hagemann; Lilly May Anderson; Dawni Cunnington; Bev & Bob Anderson; The Meith Family; Jeff & Marsha; Eric Snyder 1985; Amy Sullivan; Thomas M. Tredway; John & Marcia Cochenour; Ron & Shirley Hutchinson; Marv Scott; Jason T. Stutzman; Stephanie Snider; Jeanne Ostrander; S. Pearsall, E.A.F.A. Pres. 83-85; Todd & Gavin Williams; Corey Drenkow 1986; Michael Maxfield; Brooke Ludwig; Ed & Ella Sieler; E.A.F.A. 10 years; Rick & Vicki Walton; Lee Helen Kim Warren Raven; Barbara Chuck Loomis; Donna J. Marsh; Doug Beck; Nancy & Grant Silverdale; Stetson Hazlerig; Mildred Servin; Clayton & Mabel Burnard; Dottie & Tim Delaney; Eric Dahl; Chris Drenkow 1986; Scott Goodman 1986; Sarah and Bill, My Children; Gregory S. Tredway; Bob & Noreen Smith; John Betrozoff; Barbara Nickerson; Greg & Dorothy Harris; Kristen Dahl; Joan Rita Goodwin; Dick & Mary Walker; Dee & Wilbur Pierce – 49th Anv.; Alan Zumwalt … some names are missing… ; Inga Click; Caroll Vrba; Kenneth R. Drewelow M.D.; In Memory of Frances Blair; Clarence O. Servin; Judith Barnes; Ethelmae and Ed Eckert; Andy Scott; Lt. Col. Roy Lee Larson; Jerry Louise Sampont; R. Drennon Family; The Landweers; Galen Burghardt; Gary J./Joy D. Walter JN.14:6; Brandon Williams; Randall F. Ekins 2  27  62; Van and Kari Schoessler; Rodger A. Fish, ILWU Local 19; John Fischer Local 2 Sea. Wa.; John & Martha Nygard; Sarah and Susan Jones; Cleo & Jerry Sterling; Kyla and Kiira Schoessler; Robert H. Ely; Gladys Littell Boyer; Sunny & Alan Ashworth; Kelsey Grace Menagh; Daniel Gaard Goodwin; Jim & Roberta O’Brien.

Courtyard Area: Erik Barron Kerkam; Timothy Kirgan; P. G. Phillips; Tom & Louise Vey; Lucille Hanson; Michael Royal; Jeanyne C. Locke; Nels and Rite Jensen; Deedie & Rick; Katya M. Blum, Northstar 85; Kathleen Hearne; Marc and Di Langdon; Nancy L. Mork Friends 1985; Faux Pas Sutter; Colin Danielson; Colleen Marie; Donna J. White; Waldo Belles; Capt. John R. Busby; Kelly & Betty Reed; George Graham; Kirkland Rainbow Girls; Dana Kirgan; Buzz & Barb Fleener 1985; Claire Knutson; Earl E. Edmisten; The Cart Family; Jason R. Huff, Devin D. Huff; Jennifer A. Secord; Alice M. Savage; Floyd Hardenbrook; Jessica Anne Brister; Gloyia Bickley; Abby Marie Wong; Keith & Beth McManus; Adrienne Karen Pouncy; Joel O. Skirvin; Fay and Ken Lowthian; Michael Fishbaugher; Arre Reynolds; James & Menell Wilson; Christopher Sutton; M. G. and Hank Melton; David Sather; Mutsu Okada; Marilyn & George Parker; Lindsay and Jim Bristow; A. J. Phillips Saubert; Virginia L. Harris; Craig Weitz, Kristi Weitz; In Memory of J. W. Tregilgus; Kumi Kilburn; Scott & Connie Neish; Lee Kilburn M.D.; Alex Carlson; Joan Ronk; Bob Neir, Mayor “74 – 79″Dana Mellin; Linda Hammond; Nicholas Kirgan; David John Morgan; Mark Fisher; Dieck Phyllis Dieckmann; Bill & Cathy Conn; T. Lawson Ferguson; Keven Franklin Kerkam; Brad Fisher; The Family of Commander R. A. Foucht; Bill J. Harris; Helene Eloise Marie Barnett; Tom Zimmerman; Judy Smith; David Bark; Bill Woods; Don & Merrily Dicks; B. Fay Dunlap; Dan Ramirez; Annapurna Gose; Fred & Carly; Craig & Laurie Owen; Chuck & Sue Fitch Family; Dwight Phillips; Don Moesch and Family; Kevin & Kandy Mason; Jennie J. M. Skirvin; Melinda Breland; Curt Warner; Lynn Lisenby.

Bob & Marge Yeats; Daryl Lee Burnett; Erik Shannon Svege; S  S  N  B  C  Estad  1952; Keith & Ardis Gowing; Darci Jill Kitchel; Charles and Florence Morgan; Clifford R. Cooper Jr.; Jo Ann Wilcox, Debbie Becky; Deanna Bill Hazard; Richard Hanson; Darin-Curtis Goldsberry; Brian A. Reynolds; Lisa Elliot Ridgway; Jane Mary Lisenby; Lady Evelyn; Robert Shelts; Geoffrey & Lisa Owen; Kitty Webster; Sondergaards, July 1985; The Sampson Family; Gregory Cowan; Luke Hitch Taylor; Sue Terao, Friends 1985; Twigg Zumwalt; Joe & Glenna Kellie; Erik Overleese; The Decher Family; Nick – Jeff Lyle; Libby Jim Bradford; James R. Innes “Spike”; Cynthia Innes; The Benardout’s; Marilyn Biggs; Greg Marilyn Zick; Tom Burke – A Man O Heart; Jimmy Pat; Ralph Rena Watson; In Memory of Gus Tierney; Bea & Barry Griffiths; Christina Griffiths; Teepee Gove; Ethel M. Compton; Al & Nancy Botz 10/2/1971; Betsey Laster; Jim & Susanne Ridgeway; Walt Simpson; Wilbur & Dee Pierce; Margaret Lincoln; Al Speed Wilson; Art & Laura Case & Family; John & Paula Ebner; Allen B. Locke, City Manager; Nancy & Gus; Mitshell T. Shepherd; Elsie Hallberg Anderson; Cliff & Marth Miller, 35 / 85; Bruce & Donna Holm; Bob & Mary Billington; Curt Blake; Mark Burgess; Jason Overleese; Rory Schwinn; Peberdy Family; John & Betty Rueter; Herb & Lou Ault; Cindy Brouillette; Chris Gray; Bettyla ?eed; Steven Brouillette; Matthew Bradley Schafer; Jack Haines; Florian Family; Frank & Pat Lacy; Shawn and Lisa Billington; John & Laura Pyles; Mr. & Mrs. Runion, Jenny & Brian; Chuck Fowler; Walt Simpson; Alan & Betty Kitchel; Corinne Cowan; Ron Richardson; Bill & Judy Gehring; Paul & Helen Kirk; Sandra Hanson Mitchell; Ethan Peter Wong; “Heart” Ann Wilson; Genevieve Karen; Ruth Herron; In Memory of ??ie Janssen; Mary Fowler; Dave, Gerilyn & Ryan Moynihan; Eric Ganz; The Rudkins; Mayor Doris Cooper; William & Anne Owen; Christina Smith; Shannon Sean McPhee; Andy Okada; In Memory of Joan Hovey; R.A.A.  E.H.A.  My Parents; Maggie Mitchell; In Memory of Shannon Dale; Bob & Betty Lightfeldt; Carolyn & Jim Hitter; Lou Wilson; McCauley Jean; Art Knutson; Teddy Overleese; Pat and Roy Deede; Mollie Hearne; Leslie & Jim Price; Lady Melicent Fishcake; Soren Ryherd, Majken Ryherd; Richard W. Shinstrom; Heather Hanson, Birth 4-2-85; Myron – Marlene Lewis; Mr. & Mrs. Mark E. Caton 10/05/85; Sandra Keyes C. F. P.; Terry Phillips; Irene – Roland Zimmerman; Leona Stanton Loved Kirkland; Devin Paul Kitchel; Dr. Agencourt Underfoot; Sarah Lisel Cooper; John Cowan; Deidre Barben; Marion Hardenbrook; To Our Father, E. L. Morris Jr.; Roberta – Glenn Greer; Sprague and Phyllis Vigus; Paul Secord; Keegan Tatman Brown; Stephanie L. Secord; Cassandra Tom Hearne; Phil Phillips; Gibson Phillips; Burt – Nelle Schwanke; Andy – Judy Breland; Noziroh 1944 – 1947; Kristi All My Love Deborah; Anna Kunkel Engbrecht; Buffy Sutter; Debbie Warner; Lorene Tredway; Ray Washburn; Jim Brennan; Bob Fowler and Family; Sierra+Heights, Preston Gold; Tony – Shelli Lauderdale; Merrill Mittge; Darlene and Paul Secord; The Yarbroughs; David & Susan Pitkethly; Andrew & John Ebner; Sven & Elna Hansen; Marla Royal; Carolyn J. Cooper; Shawn Bonner Brister.

John Overleese; Ken Claire Damon Zick; NeilSutter; Al Locke Park; Jim and Barb Phippard; Bob and Carol Bement; Richard Cheryl Mehs 12/21/85; Jack Marilyn John Olsen; Erik Strande Hammond; Lucile Nelson; John Wilson; K. H. S. Class of 1936; Kathleen B. Cooper; George Waters; Sara Jo Betrozoff; Bill Biggs; Jim – Nancy Sutter; Job’s Daughters Bethel 57; Jason Andrew Kitchel; Diane Royal; Dixie Breland; Rose Ferguson 1912  1965; Peter and Lonnie Yee; Jay and Kathy Pearson; Rexford Remembered; Thomas Elliot Hammond; Clem Reynolds; Genevieve Erickson; Hannah Lacy Cooper; Ben & Marla Kerkam; D. J. and P. K. are in love; Deloma Davis; Ralph Cooper; Adam Schwinn; John Knapp; Memory – Ruth Kelley’s Cafe; Bill Marlene Burdue; Vern Koenig Lynn Koenig; Neva Janssen; Al and Chris Vnuk; Cheri & Ron Moll; Brian Lurie Brian Const.; Donna Emsel Schill; Andrea Beatty Riniker; Ray M. Dunlap; “Heart” Nancy Wilson; Anthony Wilen; Robert G. Norman; Fritz Wicklund, Master Mason; Vern – Joye Newport; Ed Gray; Dona Felt, Artist; Carrie Adams 1985; Louis G. “Jerry” Marsh; Douglas Cowan; Stuart Fursman; Lorraine Wittenmyer; Jack – Charmaine Jovanovich; Lisa M. Deen, Wendy R. Deen; Shelley Schwinn; Ted Tax Family; The Bruggeman’s; The Smiths Family; Isaac Leavitt; Jackson Leavitt; Ian Leavitt; Sindy Leonard Dean Troy; Al & Roy Sutter; Joe Sindy Erin Galen; Gregg Johnson; Don & Ann McPhee; The Landry Family; Larry W. Huff, Cherie L. Huff; Kenneth Christopher; Skip Lisenby; Paul Millie Hall; Hermina Ehrlich; Linda Opitz Nafia Bauman; Ralph Craig Erikson-Bell; Scott Brower and Family; In Memory of Angela R. Bean; Jena & Elice Skirvin; Mateer Family; John- Patti Eggleston; Dick & Sandy Ekins; Amy & Jill Waters; Mark C. Shinstrom.

There was also a nice bench with a memorial plaque on it:

In Memory of Bettyla and Kelly Reed, Patrons of the Arts
In Memory of Bettyla and Kelly Reed, Patrons of the Arts

I hope that these bricks will keep the memories of these loved ones alive!

I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1995. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Professional Child Development. In my free time, I love LEGO, ballet, ballroom dancing, eating out, traveling, history, architecture, genealogy, and people.

Lee Johnson Field

Kirkland has been a baseball-loving town for a very long time, and the beautiful Lee Johnson Field is a lovely testament to a proud baseball history & future. The field’s namesake has a plaque dedicated in his honor, engraved with a very flattering remembrance of him.

Lee Johnson PlaqueTranscription:

LEE JOHNSON FIELD

To honor the memory of Lee Johnson, on Dec 9, 2003 the mayor of Kirkland and the city council unanimously adopted a resolution to name the baseball field at Peter Kirk Park “Lee Johnson Field.” This memorial plaque is being presented and dedicated on the opening day of baseball March 20, 2004.

Lee Johnson was a hard working, dedicated athlete and an avid sports enthusiast who applied a respectful competitive spirit to everything he did.

This field became an integral part of Lee’s life’s he grew up playing sports here on the following teams:

1951 Kirkland’s original Little League team

1952 Kirkland’s first Youth Football team

1953 Kirkland’s first Babe Ruth team

1954-55 Kirkland Junior High School Varsity football team

1956-58 Kirkland’s American Legion team

1956-58 Lake Washington High School baseball team, as a star pitcher

1959-63 The Kirkland Town Team

Lee’s other athletic achievements

1956-58 Varsity basketball at Lake Washington High School

1956-58 Record setting quarterback and leader at Lake Washington High School for three undefeated seasons

1958-59 Football scholarship to the University of Idaho, where he also played baseball

1961-63 Pitcher for the University of Washington

Lee wholeheartedly encouraged young people of all abilities to participate in athletics, and felt especially connected to those who played, or dreamed of playing, the game of baseball.

An honest, caring and dedicated man, Lee was revered by family, friends, and the community for his integrity and respect for people. He quietly touched thousands of people’s lives as a friend and benefactor.

Lee’s generous support of youth activities included coaching baseball, basketball, and football, and sponsoring numerous athletic teams in Kirkland and on the Greater Eastside.

Lee was a major contributor to the Kirkland Performing Arts Center, and he and his father, Leroy E. Johnson, were the first contributors to the Peter Kirk Swimming Pool. Lee played a key role in reinstating Kirkland’s Fourth of July parade. He also donated “The Natural” statue currently located on the knoll down the left field line.

Leroy M. “Lee: Johnson January 17, 1940 – November 23, 2002

“Lee, we will always think of you as being a positive force in all areas of life. Your presence will be felt forever.”

L.J. Field concession stand

The adorable concession stand also has a little plaque with a dedication:concession stand dedication plaque

Dan Whedon; “Dan the Fan” KBC Hitting Instructor And #1 Fan; Thank You From KBC And The City Of Kirkland: 1991

While doing some research on Kirkland baseball, I found this wonderful article by historian & Kirkland native Matthew W. McCauley in the book “A Look to the Past: Kirkland,” published in 2010:
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It includes recollections from Orville “Deep” Higginbotham, a former player for the Kirkland team, and a cool photo from the Ostberg family property in Juanita where many games were held.

 

 

I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1995. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Professional Child Development. In my free time, I love LEGO, ballet, ballroom dancing, eating out, traveling, history, architecture, genealogy, and people.

Kirkland Arts Center

The Kirkland Arts Center is an absolutely beautiful restoration of an historical building that was almost demolished at one point in its history. Take a look at these photos of the art gallery inside & you can see that the original brick has all remained exposed, the original ceiling beams are visible, and every effort has been made to keep as much of this building’s original character as possible. You can really feel the history in the walls here!

KAC gallery

KAC historical marker

KAC interior looking to rear wall

Interior of KAC entryway
Interior of KAC entryway
Interior of KAC gallery
Interior of KAC gallery

KAC Side Entrance

Chandelier hanging in Kirkland Arts Center gallery
Chandelier hanging in Kirkland Arts Center gallery

Outside of the building, the Kirkland Historical Society has erected this plaque to let passers-by learn a little more about the history of this place:

KAC Dedication Plaque
KAC Dedication Plaque

Transcription:

The Peter Kirk Building – Founded Upon A Dream

The Peter Kirk building was conceived as the keystone of English entrepreneur Kirk’s steel empire and as a major spoke in the hub of activity on the corners of Market & Piccadilly (now Seventh Avenue).Ground was broken in 1889 for the two-story brick building, which was raised upon a foundation of dizzying optimism in a period of economic expansion. Kirk and his Seattle business partners, Seattle Post-Intelligencer owner Leigh S.J. Hunt, A. A. Denny, George Heilbron and with fellow Englishman Walter W. Williams as Secretary, envisioned the Moss Bay Iron and Steel Works of America as the “Pittsburg of the West.” Together they forged the Kirkland Land and Improvement Company, incorporated in 1888, as the administrative aegis for the iron works.

Bricks for the building were produced from locally dug clay and fired at Kirk’s brick works, which which was located in what is now Peter Kirk Park. The building, a quintessentially Victorian construction, was designed in the Romanesque Revival style, which borrowed elements from European architecture of the eleventh and twelfth centuries such as semi-circular arches, turrets, recessed doors and windows, and heavy materials like rusticated stone and brick. Initially, the first floor housed the Guptil and Evans Dry Goods Store and Elder Drug. Kirk’s offices occupied the second floor.

Kirk’s dream for an industrial magnet on the shores of Lake Washington were thwarted by economic realities and crashed with the financial upheaval of 1893. Although the steel mill never opened, Kirk remained an active town booster. He eventually retired to the San Juan Islands where he died in 1916 at the age of 76.

Fortunately, the beautiful Peter Kirk building did not vanish with Kirk’s faded dreams. The structure changed ownership and usages, but remained a central component of the Kirkland landscape. The second floor was later converted to apartments. Over the years, the first floor housed a butcher shop, a grocery store, and a furniture store, including the Eastside Furniture Store, owned by Kirkland’s youngest mayor, Al Leland, in the 1940’s.

By the early 1960’s, the Peter Kirk Building was deteriorating due to years of neglect. The owner was barely able to make ends meet. Without intervention, the structure was likely to be demolished. But hope was just around the corner. Or, rather, on the second floor.

In 1973, the Peter Kirk Building was listed in the National Historic Register. In 1977 the first major renovations were undertaken, supported by local and state funding.

William Radcliffe – Building Community Together

William Radcliffe was a visionary and a pragmatist. He was also a teacher for the Lake Washington School District from 1949-1967. In 1958, he rented the Cupola Room (Kirk’s former office) on the second floor of the Peter Kirk Building, which he used as an art studio. It was one of the few spaces that did not leak in an otherwise dilapidated structure. But Radcliffe saw beyond broken windows and saggy plaster and visualized a community arts center.

It was no wonder he emerged as the instigator and inspiration of the Creative Arts League. As the founder of the Cellar Gallery, Radcliffe was a driving force in the realization of an active Eastside arts community. He and his cohorts called the Peter Kirk Syndicate, a group of attorneys, architects, educators and physicians, rescued the crumbling building from certain demise and were instrumental in establishing a truly community-oriented arts center. In 1961, the Peter Kirk Syndicate organized to purchase the building and, in 1962, to form the Creative Arts League, convened to provide local opportunities in the arts and to address preservation of a Kirkland historic landmark. The enthusiastic support of local businesses, media, artists and other citizens helped realize Radcliffe’s vision.

The Creative Arts League, dedicated volunteer artists and art lovers, as well as members of the Peter Kirk Syndicate, cleaned the building and initiated critically needed repairs. In the meantime, the League offered classes in frame making, ceramics, painting, poetry, drama, dance, puppetry and life drawing as well as operating a small theatre.

Radcliffe’s philosophy, that democracy entails giving people the opportunity to make positive changes in their communities, still fuels the Kirkland Arts Center (KAC) today. A supportive Board of Directors, talented instructors, hardworking staff and dedicated volunteers all contribute to maintaining the Kirkland Arts Center as a vibrant and vital creative hub of the community. KAC continues to offer a range of visual arts classes to students of all ages, as well as the opportunity to learn about new and challenging visions of the world in the Peter Kirk gallery.

KAC Board 2000.

The Kirkland Arts Center nurtures the Eastside arts community, in its home, the historic Peter Kirk Building, where, through classes, workshops,  special events and gallery shows, artists and art lovers of all ages can come together, build creative skills, and broaden their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.

Paul Hughes, President; Susan Glass, Vice President; Tracy Thorleifson, Secretary; Ken Sparks, Treasurer; Merrily Dicks, Historian; Kelli Adam; Marijune Haggard; Judy Harris; Julie Johnson; Susan Street; Jac Wyman; Elizabeth Umbanhowar, Executive Director.

Peter Kirk Syndicate 1961

Shirl & Pat Restemayer; Desmond & Betty Lou Charouhas; Donald & Tatiana Davidson; Jane Gosselin; Robert & Gladys Hayes; Paul & Helen Kirk; Carl & Evelyn Lercher; Maurice & Annette Powell; William & Mary Ann Radcliffe; Raymond & Iris Sievers; J. Earl Taylor.

This interpretive marker was installed in April 2002 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Kirkland Arts Center. Funding for this project was made possible by Kelli, Daniel and Nicholas Adam.

Photo Caption: Contrast between the old Leland Hotel (right) and Creative Arts League Building across the street was caught in the above photograph. Both were build in the same era by the founding fathers of Kirkland, who came here to establish a steel mill. The steel mill didn’t survive but Kirkland did. Citizens expressed consternation this week that the Leland Hotel was to be razed to make way for a service station. Restoration of the Creative Arts League building by a group of civic-minded citizens shows what can be done to preserve landmarks. (Journal Photo)

“The artist’s role in the community is to lead, the artist’s role is to get people to think things or see things differently, to help get people beyond where they are… to joy, enthusiasm and some sorrow as well.” -William Radcliffe

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Kirkland Cemetery Fountain

As I was wandering through Kirkland’s cemetery, unsuccessfully searching for the graves of my husband’s ancestors, Caroline Mary & William Friedrich Wendt, I stumbled upon this fountain. It appears to have been out of commission for a season or two, although if the plan was to only have it on during the nice-weather-season, it should be on now. It sits in the center of the cemetery, surrounded by benches and picturesque plantings, and I could envision the glory that once was. The little plaque says it was dedicated December 11th, 1999, so that glory couldn’t have been all too long ago. The City of Kirkland Parks & Recreation website (they are the owners of the cemetery) refer to it as “Centennial Fountain,” but this can be a bit confusing as there is a very large (& more well known) sculpture in a nearby park bearing the same title.

Located in Kirkland Cemetery
Dedication plaque with list of contributors

Here is a transcription of the contributors listed on the plaque:

$1,000 or more – City of Kirkland; Corrine Rose Hieb, In Memory of Henry Hieb; Kirkland Women’s Club GFWC; Robert & Marigene Curry; Kirkland City Council; Kirkland Herritage Society; Kiwanis Club of Kirkland

$100 to $999 – Bank of America; S.J. Barrett & Company; Patricia Boyd, In Memory of Ralph Boyd; John & Stephanie Christman; Ralph & Doris Cooper; Fraternal Order of Eagles #2681; John Havekotte & Patty Hieb; Carl & Joanne Hieb Matz; Mary Lou Henning; Audrey Huey & Donald Dery; Shirley Johnson; Kirkland Eagles Auxiliary #2681; Jerry & Patti Marsh; Charles & Florence Morgan; Robert & Christine Neir; Steve Ohrt & Christine Matz; Bill Petter; Rose Hill Study Club; Alan Stein; Herbert & Jean Swanson & Family; Patricia M. Pierce Watson; Anna Yon, In Memory of Colonel Frank E. Yon; Dale & Dorothy Anderson, In Memory of Dorn Anderson; Robert G. Burke; Jim & Pat Carter; Sants & Sue Contreras; Hulda Emils; Audrey Haroldson; Alan Michael Hieb; Jim & Teri Hieb, Christopher, Austin & Shelby; James & Madona Henwood; Jean Jayne; Link & Ginny Kaiser; Kirkland Lodge #150 F&AM; Ann McLaughlin Oban; The Mueller Family; Nordice Nicholson; Muriel Olson; Bea Richardson; Friends, In Memory of Marian Sandner; Michael & Sharon Vanderslice; Westgate Lodge #128 F&AM

Update – I just found this photo online of what it looked like at one point:

Former glory of Centennial Fountain
Former glory of Centennial Fountain

If anyone has more information on this little gem, I would love to know!

9-2-15 Update: I just received an email from the Kirkland Parks Operation Manager, Jason Filon-

The fountain was donated by the Kirkland’s Women’s Club.  Specially there was this wonderful gal by the name of Corrine Hieb that was most instrumental in bringing the fountain to the Kirkland Cemetery.

The City of Kirkland is currently under a ‘water advisory’.  What this means to our Parks operations department is that we are making every effort to not only conserve water but also be an example to the Community in the stewardship of the resource.  Some of the examples included:  reducing and or shutting off some park watering, shutting off all fountains, discontinued washing our pick-up trucks, discontinued power-washing, etc..etc….  Basically any and all things to help save water.  Thankfully these past couple of days have really been a blessing.  Once the agencies that set water policy and restrictions remove the advisory we will most likely turn the fountains back on.

Thanks, Jason!

I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1995. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Professional Child Development. In my free time, I love LEGO, ballet, ballroom dancing, eating out, traveling, history, architecture, genealogy, and people.