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The gateway to Fremont in 1961

By master · April 3rd, 2009 · 12 Comments

The Seattle Municipal Archives has some very cool old neighborhood photos, like this one looking toward Fremont from the Fremont Bridge in 1961.

Ah, simpler times. You can see the Fremont Tavern on the left, where Peet’s Coffee is today. And the Chicken Basket Cafe on the right. Here’s it is today:

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Robert // Apr 3, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Very cool, thanks for sharing.

  • 2 Sheila // Apr 3, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I love seeing the old photos.

  • 3 poo poo // Apr 3, 2009 at 11:45 am

    is that building now the red door?

  • 4 Sheila // Apr 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Yes, the tavern in the first picture is now the Red Door

  • 5 JJM // Apr 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    No. The tavern in the first picture is now Peet’s Coffee.

  • 6 Ernie // Apr 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    The tavern in the first picture is now the Red Door, BUT that whole building was moved 1 block west to the Red Door’s current location, so they could build the big building with Peet’s Coffee in it’s place.

  • 7 Julie // Apr 5, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Yes, that building is now the Red Door. My family owned the building until 1978! My dad couldn’t shift the Fremont Tavern out of the building, as they had a 25 year lease. It was moved on 747 wheels to its current location. The building had the most horrible “foundation” imaginable; it was set on a forest old wooden sticks the size of stop-sign posts.

    Check out Helen Divjak’s book, “Fremont” by Arcadia Publishing for more cool pictures of old Fremont.

  • 8 mike // Apr 5, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    the pictures of fremont back before the interurban was irresponsibly removed are even better.

  • 9 mook // Apr 6, 2009 at 3:10 am

    thanks for posting these pictures! It's always so interesting too see what Seattle was like before we know it now.

  • 10 Sheila // Apr 6, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Mike, I have that book and I love it. It's surprising how many of the original buildings are still there.

  • 11 Sheila // Apr 6, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Oops, I read the postings wrong. It was Julie who posted about the book, not Mike.

  • 12 ballard approval // Apr 19, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Baha, look at their primitive right hand turn lane. silly old americans

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