I know. It’s hard to believe. Cottages in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Belltown Cottages: it’s the epitome of an oxymoron. Yet here they are, sitting at the corner of Elliott Ave and Vine Street, next to the Belltown P-Patch. There used to be 11 cottages on the site, only three remain. The last remnants of a residential housing style that apparently “dominated the waterfront and Denny Regrade from the 1850s to the 1920s.” That’s from the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation web site.
The cottages are now part of Belltown Cottages Park. The City acquired the property for the park in 1998. And the three cottages on the site were designated as Seattle Landmarks. Today, the cottages house Writers-in-Residence from Capitol Hill’s Richard Hugo House. There’s a nice piece about the park here, along with some more historic photos and links.