They were transplants to Seattle who became essential to the story of our neighborhood. In their era, Fratelli’s walls were covered in cows. Multiple murals decorated the exterior walls in varying styles. A 1987 Seattle Times article by art critic Deloris Tarzan described, “The giant 140-foot mural John Morse is creating on the east wall of the Fratelli’s Ice Cream building…recognizes members of a dairy herd as individuals. Each is painted in the style of a different artist or school.
When our building was redeveloped as Lawrence Lofts, we couldn’t let the cows go home. Our own mural by local artist Jessica Dodge pays homage to Morse’s herd.
Let it be a reminder that you can come from anywhere and become a Seattleite. To come see the cows, schedule a tour.