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Seattle houseboats sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Some cities have inner pockets that feel like worlds unto themselves—little enclaves that are either well-hidden, little-known, or inaccessible to the general public. The perfect example is Seattle’s numerous houseboat communities. I’d been dying to sketch the houseboats ever since I moved here, and on Sunday, I finally got my chance. Every two years the Floating Homes Association organizes a public tour of a handful of properties—but doesn’t exactly broadcast the event. After years of missing it, I finally scored tickets—which, to Mary-Alice and I, felt something like passports to Narnia.

Seattle houseboats sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Not only did we get to see the sights and meet friendly folks—

Seattle houseboats sketch by Chandler O'Leary

—but we also got what felt like a slice of a parallel universe.

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Comments (2)

  1. Nilda A.

    The first sketch looks like the gate to a magical place. All 3 sketches capture the secluded atmosphere. A passport to Narnia indeed. I’m glad you could finally make it this year. Lovely sketches.

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