During the Kirk Boom years, four brick buildings were built on the corners of Market and 7th Avenue West and 7th Avenue. Thankfully three of these historic buildings still stand. The first to be built and only one to be torn down was the luxury Hotel Jackson, which later became known as the Leland Hotel. This corner is now the site of Leland Place. The Hotel Jackson was built by Daniel Bachelder Jackson who is the same Daniel B. Jackson of Port Ludlow. D.B. Jackson organized the Northwest Steamship Company and he was a lumber baron. His significant Pacific Northwest contributions are well recorded in history books.
The Hotel Jackson had retail on the street level, a theatre on the middle floor and the hotel on the top floor. When built it rivaled any hotel in Seattle. The Jackson family owned the Jackson until 1925. The Jackson Theatre was Kirkland’s first theatre and then Kirkland’s first movie theatre. (Does anyone know who may have played the theatre organ during those silent movie days? Please call 425-827-3446)
But DID YOU KNOW that this Daniel B. Jackson was the Great Grandfather of Daniel Jackson Evans, Washington’s former governor and senator? Dan Evans's mother was May Evans Jackson. Dan Evans’s father lived in Kirkland as a child. Dan Evans’s grandparents were owners of the Guptill/Evans Grocery that was in the Peter Kirk Building during the Kirk Boom Years. The Peter Kirk building is the Kirkland Art Center today. George Evans and James Guptill were son’s-in-law of Daniel and Mary Rowell Jackson. As you study Kirkland and surrounding neighborhoods, you will find much of our history was a family affair.
This wonderful history has slipped through Kirkland’s fingers. Our hope is that Senator Dan Evans has photos and history from his family. If anyone has contact with Senator Evans, please have him call Kirkland Heritage Society at 425-827-3446.
Loita Hawkinson, President, Kirkland Heritage Society reporting.
All photos published by permission of the Kirkland Heritage Society.