This is a stunning house at the bottom of E Loretta and once the whole area would have been covered with its like.
We bused through downtown Seattle which could have been Melbourne or Sydney Hardly any Victorian edifices left.
And we are here because Miss VC is auditioning as a tour guide of subterranean Seattle covered over after the fire of 1889. Here are some of a typical audience she can expect should she get the job
The square is full of statuary and historic busts
Pioneer Square in 1909
This is the venue for the first stage of the tour - an old bar founded by a pivotal character in the settlement of old Seattle, Doc Maynard. The absurdly energetic guide obviously modeled her style on Jan Hooks from the Alamo sequence in "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" Miss VC says should she get the job she will treat her audience even more like congenital idiots.
This is one of the first buidlings to be erected after the fire and over the streets of old Seattle. we would soon plunge below into the once teeming alleys.
We are about to go down some steps to the other world
I am not going to explain the history of this world below. There was an earthquake in 1949 and a lot of the carefully placed rubble is from that.
Up for air
And down again
This place has got EVERYTHING
And here is the brilliant Rose who was our guide for this section
These were at and above street level once
The studious woman with the specs is Miss VC swatting up
Part of a bank in the gold rush days
The destroyed Otis elevator workings from the 49 quake
I was fascinated by their fascination with pigeons
After a fab pub lunch we walked up Second Ave
The building on the left had been an old movie palace . Now jeans shops.
The vintage shop opposite The Biltmore.
And now where the big nobs lived THE BILTMORE
Artwork in the lift