Solitaire (Pt. Townsend, WA), 1989

Michael Lindenmeyer
(American, born 1950)

Location: Hilltop Elementary, Burien


Solitaire (Pt. Townsend, WA) is part of artist Michael Lindenmeyer's "Boxcar Series." These artworks express a romantic nostalgia for the railroad era in the Pacific Northwest. The setting for this piece is based on an old railroad loading dock south of downtown Port Townsend, in northwest Washington. He notes, "In years of prowling around railyards up and down the coast with my sketchbook, I have not seen another wooden boxcar, so it seems it was just something meant for me on that particular day. I painted it the way it was presented: alone, stranded by the sound with a view from Mount Baker to the Olympics."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Highline School District.


Michael Lindenmeyer is an Oregon and Olympia, Washington-based painter. He spent many summers in the 1980s in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, Washington where he rented a studio above the Town Tavern. His artworks tell mythic stories about the West Coast landscape and the consequences of industrialization.

MediumPastel on paper
Dimensions25 in x 20 in
ID NumberWSAC2000.122.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationOregon, United States
Location Information
AgencyHighline School District
Artwork LocationHilltop Elementary
Building 400, main hallway
WA CountyKing
Site TypePublic School
Address12250 24th Ave S
Burien, WA 98168
Geo. Coordinates47.492993, -122.301603
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