Last Saturday, Brian and I headed into the downtown area of Seattle to explore Volunteer Park, a 48.4 acres park in the Capital Hill neighborhood.
The park was acquired by the city of Seattle in 1876 for $2,000. In 1885 it was designed a cemetery, but two years later it was named "Lake View Park" and the cemetery was developed on an adjacent plot. In 1901 it was officially renamed "Volunteer Park" to honor the volunteers who served in the Spanish-American War.
The park includes a conservatory which was completed in 1912, a water tower with an observation deck, built in 1906 and the dramatic Art Deco building of the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
A statue of William Henry Seward, and a sculpture, Black Sun by Isamu Noguchi are found in the park. There are incredible views of the Seattle skyline that prominently include the space needle.
The Water Tower, built by the water department in 1906, has 107 steps to the top of the observation deck. The site honors, L.B. Youngs, the first superintendent of the water department from 1895-1923.
We paid the $4 admission per person into the Volunteer Park Conservatory, which houses a botanical garden. It's made up of 3,426 glass panes.
The Victorian-style greenhouse is modeled on London's Crystal Palace. Inside, the conservatory is divided into five display houses: bromeliads, ferns, palms, seasonal and cacti and succulents.
After a brief stroll through the rest of the park, we headed off down the street to the Canterbury Ale House, a cute neighborhood pub with 30 beers on tap, pools tables, shuffle board and darts.
I ordered a variation of a Moscow Mule made with spiced rum and we took a French Dip with Gruyere cheese home for dinner.