Hudson’s Bay Neighborhood

Named after the locally famous Hudson’s Bay Company, this neighborhood holds many hidden historical gems. The historical centerpiece of this tour is the School of Piano Technology. The School of Piano Technology for the Blind was founded as the Piano Hospital and Training Center in 1949 by Emil B. Fries, who learned to tune pianos as a student of Walter R. Dry at the Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB). In 1949, Emil Fries mortgaged his home and invested his life savings in the establishment of the Piano Hospital. Since 1949,  students from around the world have benefited from their focused and individualized instruction.

Other sites included on this tour are Crosley Lanes, Christine’s Restaurant, the Washington State School for the Deaf, and much more.

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