How Rollin Street became Rollin Street.
The decision to use brick and wood in designing Rollin Street Flats wasn't our only nod to the history of the neighborhood. You might say we also took our street cred seriously. In this case, our street, now called Westlake Avenue, had some history of its own. In the late 1800s it became the main route between downtown and Lake Union. In 1890, it was plied by one of Seattle's first streetcar lines (as it will again). And it was first paved for wagon and auto traffic in 1906. The name of Westlake in those times? Rollin Street, of course. Welcome back.