Green Lake Community Center

HRA provided archaeological monitoring for the early phases of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Green Lake Community Center project. Based on archival research, HRA determined that the land where the project is located was within the lake itself until the early 1900s, when the city filled it in with material from dredging the lake, as well as a small amount of residential refuse. During monitoring, a single rubber overshoe was identified within the spoils of excavation. The overshoe was made by the Boston Rubber Shoe Company and was widely used in the early 1900s to protect everyday leather shoes against water and snow. The project is ongoing, so the potential remains to find the other shoe and provide more insight into the fashion choices of early twentieth-century Seattleites.

Newspaper advertisement for the Boston Rubber Shoe Company