The Influence of Colleen and John: My Mentors

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April 13, 2012

Dick Wagner

I moved to Seattle in 1957 when I was 25 and had just graduated from Yale Architecture School. My first interest in Seattle was the houseboat community. Lake Union is in the middle of this bustling city and scattered around the lake’s shoreline were about a thousand floating homes. To an architect, it was a surprise. Where were the homes of the rich and famous, or the corporation headquarters with guarded gates?  They turned out to be on the forested hills, not the waterfront. The landlubbers resented the houseboaters, who they accused of being freeloaders spending their time partying. To…

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