Eleanor Apartments is proud to be one of the newest additions to the Roosevelt neighborhood of Seattle.
Since the land was annexed in 1891, the area has been celebrated for its diversity, sense of community, and natural wonder.
Cowen and Ravenna park are two conjoined parks that serve as the crown jewel of the area, making the area and it’s for these, and his frequent visits to Seattle, that residents chose to name the neighborhood after President Roosevelt. Roosevelt was known as a staunch conservationist, and the residents of the neighborhood match his fervor in protecting the natural beauty of the area.
These days, Roosevelt is known as the transportation hub for Northeast Seattle, but that doesn’t mean it’s over-developed. In fact, careful community planning over the years has ensured that Roosevelt retains its open spaces and its diversity of people and employment opportunities. Eleanor is proud to be a part of such a forward-thinking community and we don’t want to waste a single second without celebrating this great corner of town. Here’re seven astonishing facts about the Roosevelt neighborhood’s history.
1. There used to be a 10th avenue, until the day Roosevelt died
Roosevelt Ave, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare and a major arterial route for Seattle as a whole, was originally just called 10th avenue. It was renamed after President Theodore Roosevelt on the exact day of his death in 1919.
2. Veg-heads have called this place home for a long time
The neighborhood is home to Seattle’s longest-established vegetarian restaurant in Seattle, the Sunlight Cafe, established in 1976. The restaurant was started by five friends who were frustrated by the lack of natural, wholesome foods available in Seattle. Today, the Sunlight Cafe remains committed to their original vision, relying on many of the same vendors and recipes as they did when they opened.
3. One of the City’s top schools has grown steadily along with the rest of the town.
Roosevelt High was established in 1922, and it exemplified the booming growth of the neighborhood, and Seattle at large during the time. Within five years of opening, the school had to add 11 more classrooms to accommodate all of the new students. Today, it is known as one of the town’s best schools, sporting numerous extracurricular activities. It’s the only school in Seattle with a full-time drama department and one of two schools in Seattle that still teach latin. Roosevelt High School supports four different band programs and holds the honor of starting the first successful program to focus on students with Asperger’s syndrome.
4. It wasn’t known as The Roosevelt neighborhood until well after Teddy’s death.
In 1927, the neighborhood was officially deemed ‘the Roosevelt District’ after a vote on the matter at a community club. So, here’s the chronology of the Roosevelt namesake; first 10th ave, then came the high school, and finally the entire neighborhood.
5. The High School takes its namesake seriously
The high school’s team, the Roughriders, is named for President Roosevelt’s famous military regiment. The football team, Rough Riders Football, is taken very seriously both at the school and within the neighborhood. The team’s rallying cry is ‘who rides!?’ which is pretty awesome.
6. The best things in the neighborhood are free, but it wasn’t always that way.
An original land owner in the area, William W. Becks, established Ravenna Park, the Roosevelt neighborhood’s premier attraction, in the 1890’s. He and his wife fenced off the ravine between what would become 15th and 20th ave, imported exotic plants, built paths, picnic tables, and began charging attendees twenty-five cents per visit, or five dollars for a season pass. However since 1911, the park is free for all to enjoy.
7. Here, residents have always believed in conservation
Throughout its history, members of the neighborhood and those who love Ravenna Park have stalled overdevelopment of Ravenna and Cowen park by rallying against city planners. In 1948, there was upheaval over the city planner’s efforts to divert sewers into ravenna creek. In 1983, there were protests over the use of a pesticide in combatting an invasive species of gypsy moth. In 1991, the community blocked a city plan to entirely dig up the park for a new sewer. Believe it or not, residents here are dedicated to preserving President Roosevelt’s vision of conversation.
Many residents of Seattle are quite concerned with over-development and preserving the community’s history. Yet, just as many are concerned with finding a nice, affordable place to live that’ll provide modern comforts and amenities. Fortunately, Eleanor Apartments in the Roosevelt neighborhood have struck a wonderful balance. We want you to be comfortable and to enjoy your home, but we also want you to revel in the rich history of your community. Here, you’ve got both. If you’re looking for a Seattle apartment where you can live comfortably, affordably, and with a true sense of history and community, then Eleanor is the spot for you.