William and Bertha Boeing subdivided the land south of Edmonds in
1940, named it Innis Arden, and hired Hugh Russell as sales agent. A set of restrictive
covenants were registered on August 28, 1941. Reproduced on this page is the brochure that the Hugh
Russell Realty company used in marketing property in the new "Restricted Residential Community" in the 1940s. The brochure proudly displayed the "Protective Restrictions" that would govern the community, including the racial restriction which read in part: "No person other than one of the white race shall be
permitted to occupy any property in said addition..." This restriction remained among the list of covenants until a few years ago when homeowners finally mustered the votes to remove it following passage a new state law that had been prompted by publicity surrounding the Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project. Here is more about the new law. Here is the
current list of covenants
with the invalidated item #15 . Here is the
Innis Arden Community Association
web site which includes information on the existing covenants. The infamousand the
petition to remove the offensive racial restriction.
Below is the brochure with "protective
restrictions" circulated by the Hugh Russell Realty Company. Click on any of the images to see an
enlarged version. Photos: Bill Schnall.