Top photo via The Stranger.
Okay, so maybe you won’t be able to take advantage of the exact find that I stumbled upon, but I did score some free bricks this weekend that are loaded with Seattle history. The cold storage portion of Seattle’s old Rainier Brewery was recently judged structurally unsound and, sadly, was torn down. So when I heard that piles of bricks were being set aside for residents to take home for free, I couldn’t resist. So we’ll soon have a bit of Seattle brewing history in our own yard in the form of a patio — no mining required. If you live in Seattle, the bricks are available just off the parking lot across from Smartypants on Airport Way. Not in Seattle? The best place to look for bricks with history is your local building salvage. –Mary T.
P.S. Our server at Smartypants told us that this building was also the setting for Nirvana’s famous Smells Like Teen Spirit video. I was all excited to also be getting some pieces of music history, but my reseplace shows that this was, alas, wishful thinking.