The Urban Sketchers Seattle ad hoc group met at Stone House Café and Bakery on Friday morning. A former 1920’s service station, the well preserved building is situated across the street from Lake Washington in Rainier Valley. A wall of towering trees creates a forested backdrop for the house built of stones. A view of Mercer Island adds to the lake living ambience of the place.
|Stone House Cafe patio, Lake Washington and Mercer Island|
Because the views are intrinsic to the location and very pretty, I chose a view from the patio looking out at Lake Washington The café has a rugged stone exterior and a cozy wood interior with wide open water views to enjoy while dining.
|Stone House Cafe|
A view from the lake side accentuates the classic character of the structure. The scalloped fence, stacked stones, gabled roofline and woodland setting evoked fond memories of remote, last-chance service stations "up north" in Michigan, my home state.