West Seattle High School

A combined grammar and secondary school had been in West Seattle since 1902. West Seattle High School opened in 1917 to provide a fixed home for the secondary school though.

West Seattle High School is in a Neo-renaissance building. It is decorated with geometric designs and has a terracotta roof. This sort of design is unique for Seattle schools.

The school has graduated a number of local figures:

  • Dow Constantine is the county commissioner for King County. He graduated in 1980.
  • Jim Whittaker was part of the first group from the United States to journey to the top of Mt. Everest. He graduated in 1947.

University of British Columbia Main Mall

Taking a break from COVID-19 Walking Views, this week’s image shows the main mall at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The mall is lined with Red Oaks and has a view of the northern end of the Cascade Mountains.

Many TV shows have been produced on the main mall. Some famous shows produced on the main mall are Battlestar Galactica, Smallville and The Man in the High Castle.

The main mall hosts many important buildings. The primary public buildings and gardens on the main mall are:

  • The Beatty Biodiversity Museum,
  • Pacific Museum of the Earth,
  • Museum of Anthropology,
  • and the UBC Rose Garden.

The university’s main library and many colleges also sit on the mall.

COVID-19 Walking View: Oregon State Capitol Building

Painted this view of the Oregon State Capitol Building on a cloudy day. The weather this summer has been cooler than normal. This has caused summer to look like fall.

The Oregon State Capitol Building is made in an art deco style. Most state capitols copy the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The Oregon State Capitol Building was completed in 1938 though and shows the design customs of the time.

COVID-19 Walking Views: Tykeson Hall

Tykeson Hall opened on the University of Oregon campus for the Fall 2019 term. I painted this view of the hall shortly shortly after it opened. Last week, I walked on the University of Oregon grounds and thought of this image.

The hall houses academic and career advising, the Division of Equity and Inclusion and the College of Liberal Arts. It shut down in March for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Walking Views: Monroe Avenue

Monroe Avenue is on the north side of Oregon State University. It offers a great view of the Corvallis City Hall in the distance. Monroe Avenue also hosts many businesses, which are slowly reopening.

Monroe Avenue is a nice place to walk with the university closed for COVID-19. You can also walk on the university grounds next to the street too.

COVID-19 Walking Views: OSU Pharmacy Building

While the university is shut down it makes for a nice place to walk. Here we see the Pharmacy Building across the Valley Library quad.

The Pharmacy Building was completed in 1924. It has been the home of the College of Pharmacy ever since. The College of Pharmacy works with the Oregon Health and Science University and other partners to advance medical knowledge.

COVID-19 Walking Views: Minto Island Bridge

Minto Island Bridge from Minto Brown Park

It is strange to only walk in the area near to home. The same path walked every day wastes the attention and is as bad as no walk.

A short journey to a near by open park can give some welcome change of sights. This week’s image is from a short journey to Salem, Oregon for some change. The bridge is the Minto Island Bridge from Minto-Brown Park to downtown Salem.