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One Family’s Story of Early Seattle’s First Hill

This is the story of First Hill, Seattle’s most prestigious early neighborhood, as remembered by Edward B. Dunn. Son of prominent businessman A. G. Dunn—partner in the Ainsworth & Dunn salmon cannery—young Edward had a fascinating personal view of the formative years of a growing city. He looks back fondly on his neighborhood, family life and Seattle’s Edwardian days with great warmth and wit.

“Edward Dunn’s lifelong interest in horticulture—particularly in rhododendron hybridization and woodland wildflowers—was reflected in the 2.5 acre garden he developed on the family property acquired in 1914 north of Seattle. Mr. Dunn donated his garden and an endowment fund to establish the E. B. Dunn Historic Garden Trust. The Dunn Gardens are open for public tours and educational purposes.”

Lawrence Kreisman, Program Director, Historic Seattle