Seattle’s Queen of Neon: Meet the designer of the city’s most iconic signs — from the Elephant Car Wash to Dick’s Drive-In

Bea Haverfield designed the rotating Elephant Car Wash sign, installed near Denny Way and Battery Street, in 1956. The sign features bent neon and 380 blinking lights. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Bea Haverfield designed the rotating Elephant Car Wash sign, installed near Denny Way and Battery Street, in 1956. The sign features bent neon and 380 blinking lights. Haverfield, who died in 1996 at the age of 83, designed many of Seattle's iconic neon signs. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

SIGNS HAVE BEEN used for centuries to advertise goods and services. They serve as important parts of the urban landscape, directing the public where to eat, drink and find a room for the night. From theater marquees to the fluorescent glow of an eye-catching billboard, they trigger nostalgia and add visual character to towns and...

The office, seen in this Snoqualmie home’s interior redesign, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. 211766
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How ‘What if we turned the playroom into a media room?’ stretched into a high-end, whole-house interior remodel on Snoqualmie Ridge  

THE ORIGINAL THREAD was a single strand — a simple string of vision and possibility. Kenny really wanted to hold a Super Bowl party downstairs. That’s the thing with threads, though. They’re so rarely self-contained. “We decided to take over the playroom, and then we just kind of kept going,” says architect Andrew Patterson, of...  WATCH

The Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden at Washington Park Arboretum.
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A visit to the Witt Garden is a great way to start the new year — and to see beautiful bark

EVERY NEW YEAR'S Day, my husband and I take a little forest-bathing meander through Washington Park Arboretum. Looking to clear our heads in the bracing fresh air, we always begin by strolling through the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden. The Witt Garden is just a short walk west from the Graham Visitors Center; you’ll know...  VIEW