Volunteer Park (Seattle, WA)
About Volunteer Park (Seattle, WA)
Volunteer Park is an incredible Seattle area resource that is home to the Asian Museum, the Conservatory, and surrounding park grounds with an incredible view of the city. Not a place to miss on any visit to the Seattle area----and a great area to live around as well.
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 16
  "Put a lid on it!" While this might make a great caption for this insect eating plant, I thought it might be fun to see what the rest of my readers can come up with. This picture of nepenthes alata (Carnivorous Pitcher Plant), taken at the Seattle Conservatory, has a name that does not do justi...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 16
I have had a long standing love affair with the Seattle Conservatory in Volunteer Park. The first time I visited was in 1965 with my Dad and the place got under my skin and stayed there.  Built in 1912, the Conservatory is now 100 years old, and for those 100 years Seattleites have had a place to...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 45
     Perhaps one of the single most “expendable” components of a home today is the solid masonry chimney.  In new construction they are almost entirely absent----even on very high-end homes.  They have given way, to any number of cheaper versions of chimneys----often without any masonry at all. ...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 27
     In another one of my shameless promotions of one of my favorite places in Seattle, I thought I would share some recent pictures.       What is a Seattle Home Inspector to do when they finish their inspection and there is no report to write?  In this case, because the inspection was only a f...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 16
     Along with the Conservatory (and not too far from each other), there is another very cool place in Seattle to visit---whether you are playing tourist or live here all the time---called the Japanese Garden, at the Washington Park Arboretum.       Here is a little photo tour to give you just ...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 26
     One of my favorite places in all of Seattle is the Conservatory at Volunteer Park.       My earliest memories of the Conservatory were when I visited it with my dad in 1965----when he was giving a lecture to the American Gloxinia & Gesneriad Society (Now The Gesneriad Society).  One of his ...
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