Lake Washington Boulevard

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Lake Washington Boulevard
Photograph of Lake Washington Boulevard passing under a concrete arch bridge in a vegetated setting
Near Leschi Park, Lake Washington Boulevard passes under a former cable car bridge that was an extension of present-day Yesler Way to the lake.
LocationSeattle, Washington, connecting Montlake Boulevard to Seward Park through the Washington Park Arboretum
Coordinates47°36′34″N 122°16′59″W / 47.609499°N 122.28293°W / 47.609499; -122.28293Coordinates: 47°36′34″N 122°16′59″W / 47.609499°N 122.28293°W / 47.609499; -122.28293
Area166.6 acres (67.4 ha)
ArchitectJohn Charles Olmsted, Olmsted Brothers
EngineerReginald H. Thomson, Samuel C. Lancaster
MPSSeattle's Olmstead Parks and Boulevards MPS
NRHP reference No.100000989
Added to NRHPMay 8, 2017

Lake Washington Boulevard is a scenic, approximately 8-mile (13 km), route through Seattle, Washington, that hugs Lake Washington for much of the drive. There are views of the lake, small sections of rainforest, meadows, and views of the Cascade mountains. At its northern end, Lake Washington Boulevard originates as East Lake Washington Boulevard at Montlake Boulevard East, soon becomes Lake Washington Boulevard East, and runs through the length of the Washington Park Arboretum. The road begins at S. Juneau Street in Seward Park, running thence along the lake to Colman Park, just south of Interstate 90. From here north to E. Alder Street in Leschi, the lakeside road is named Lakeside Avenue, and Lake Washington Boulevard diverts to a winding route through Colman, Frink, and Leschi Parks. At E. Alder, the boulevard once again runs along the lake through Madrona Park to just north of Madrona Drive, where private residences occupy the shore. At E. Denny-Blaine Place, the road heads northwest, through Lakeview Park and the grounds of The Bush School, to the south entrance of the Arboretum at E. Madison Street. It continues through the Arboretum. Just north of E. Roanoke Street, the boulevard turns due west and changes from Lake Washington Boulevard E. to E. Lake Washington Boulevard, following the city's street name designation system. The boulevard ends at the Montlake overpass of 520, where E. Montlake Place E. becomes Montlake Boulevard E.

The road is popular among cyclists—indeed, it was originally conceived as a bicycle path before automobiles had become widespread—and is closed to auto-traffic ten days out of the year for recreation.

The road was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

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The cities of Renton, Newcastle, Bellevue and Kirkland on the Eastside also have roads along the lakefront with the same name; the Eastside road was once continuous and paved in 1932.

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  1. ^ Beckner, Chrisanne; Perrin, Natalie K. (January 30, 2017), National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Lake Washington Boulevard (PDF), retrieved May 21, 2017.
  2. Alan J. Stein, Thomson, Reginald Heber (1856-1949), HistoryLink essay 2074, January 18, 2000. Accessed online 14 April 2007.
  3. Tradition sets aside Lake Washington Boulevard for bicycles some Saturdays and Sundays
  4. National Park Service (May 19, 2017), Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/8/2017 through 5/12/2017, archived from the original on May 20, 2017, retrieved May 21, 2017.
  5. "How the Bellevue years go by", The Seattle Times, March 25, 2003
  6. Alan J. Stein (2004), HistoryLink's Bellevue Timeline, ISBN 029598385X

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