Sketched Feb. 9, 2016
Here’s another scene for my collection of changing cityscapes in Seattle. Last week, I watched two demolition cranes pick apart the old Ducky’s Office Furniture building at Terry Avenue North and Denny Way.
A 40-story apartment tower with 461 units is planned for this corner lot, which is surrounded by Rollin Street Flats and the fairly new BoxCar Apartments.
To learn a little bit about Ducky’s, the local furniture store that occupied this building for nearly a decade, I picked up the phone and called their new offices in Georgetown.
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Principal Josh Feinstein said it was hard to leave South Lake Union, and not just because they’ll miss the many restaurants that have opened in recent years. This is the neighborhood where the family-owned business started more than 25 years ago, he said. The store first opened at another Denny Way location that he couldn’t pinpoint, and it later moved to Mercer Street, where it stayed for nearly 15 years until the “Mercer Mess” road construction forced them to move to the Terry and Denny building now being leveled.
Although Ducky’s has only been at 300 South Michigan Street in Georgetown for about a year now, the construction of the Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station is forcing them to move again. Feinstein said customers will find them at 24 Idaho Street in Sodo beginning in March.
Let’s hope that location proves to be a lucky one for Ducky’s.
About the sketch: Noodler’s Brown Ink and Daniel Smith watercolors on 11″ x 14″ Fabriano Studio Watercolor paper