By the early 1900s Capitol Hill and adjacent First Hill had become Seattle’s most fashionable districts. Bankers, shipping executives and other newly wealthy residents called it home. Today the neighborhood is a thriving urban center and is the most densely populated neighborhood in Seattle. Broadway, the neighborhood’s main drag, serves as its focal point with restaurants, bars, and an assortment of shops, vendors, and boutiques.
Educational institutions enliven this neighborhood's life, with Seattle University, Seattle Community College and Cornish College of the Arts all located here. There are movie theaters, clubs, taverns, dance steps imbedded in the sidewalk and a variety of shops from around the world.
Volunteer Park is the gem of Capitol Hill, original home of the Seattle Art Museum, a much-beloved building now handsomely restored as the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The spacious grounds of Volunteer Park also include a conservatory and an old battlement of a water tower which boasts, at the top of 108 steps, one of the best views of the city.
Just north of Volunteer Park is the historic Lake View Cemetery with the graves of Seattle's pioneers along with the graves of martial arts film stars Bruce and Brandon Lee.
A recent addition to Capitol Hill is Cal Anderson Park, a beautiful new park which houses a water reservoir, inverted fountain, playground, wading pool, wide green lawns, gravel jogging path and sports playfields.
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