Seattle Historical Photograph Collection
Preview up to 100 items from this collection below. More than 2,000 images reveal Seattle’s evolution. Early photos capture Seattle’s pioneers, the Great Fire of 1889 and the Denny Regrade along with historical buildings, streets and landmarks.
West Seattle Branch Children's Room, Seattle Public Library, ca. 1910
Transcribed from photograph: "West Seattle Branch. Children's Room. 42nd Ave. S. W. and West College St. Built 1910. Interior."
Date: 1910View this item
Manufactures Building at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, 1909
Transcribed from photograph: "Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition. 1909. Manufactures building. Schack & Huntington, architects. Olmsted & Dawson, landscape architects."
Date: 1909View this item
Northgate Shopping Center, 1952
Transcribed from photograph: "Shopping Centers. Northgate. Airplane view looking toward west. 1950. Photo 1952. John Graham & Co., architects."
Date: 1952View this item
Frederick O.C. Lusthoff gardening, ca. 1940
Transcribed from photograph: "Seattle Portraits. Lusthoff, Frederick O.C. Photo taken ca. 1940. Attended Main Street School (old South School) on opening day in 1873 and is oldest surviving pupil. Retired."
Date: 1940?View this item
Coal Bunkers of Oregon Improvement Co., ca. 1880
Transcribed from photograph: "Waterfront. Coal bunkers of the Oregon Improvement Company. King Street. Captain John Williamson in foreground."
Date: 1880?View this item
NE corner of 45th Ave. NE and E. 70th St., ca. 1952
Transcribed from photograph: "Houses. Northeast corner of 45 Ave. N. E. and E. 70th St. Residential development built in 1952." Transcribed from back of photograph: "Group of Builders Houses. N. E. Corner 45th Avenue N. E. and E. 70th Street, Ravenna. Architect: Paul Delaney. 1952. Developer and Builder: Emmett McCaul. One of the few speculative developments utilizing modern design and related site planning. Low medium price homes. Unfortunately there were no trees to be saved and the group suffers from lack of planting. Also see close up photograph of single unit. [possibly shp_22384 ]"
Date: 1953?View this item
Our Lady of Good Help Church, 1870
Transcribed from photograph: "Churches. Our Lady of Good Help Church (Roman Catholic). Fourth Avenue. South and Park Avenue (Washington Street). Built 1866-1870. Enlarged 1883. 1870. First Catholic church in Seattle. Porch of Baxter house at left."
Date: 1870View this item
Administration Building, Seattle Public Schools, 1950
Transcribed from photograph: "Schools. Administration Building, Seattle Public Schools. Exterior. 1950. South facade. Modern. J. Lister Holmes & Assoc., architects."
Date: 1950View this item
View north from Elliott Bay, 1868
Transcribed from photograph: "Views. From Elliott Bay. 1868. Painting by Billy Fife. Steamer Politkofksy at left center. Indians in canoe in foreground."
Date: 1868View this item
View east of Boulevard West shops
Boulevards of the World at the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). "The Boulevards of the World area is the shopping center of the fair. Stores, stands and kiosks displaying the goods and gifts of a dozen nations line the gay and colorful thoroughfares that tie the five theme Worlds of Century 21 together. Exotic shops and restaurants are on Boulevard East, Boulevard West, Freedom Way and United Nations Way. In among the bazaars are fine restaurants and elegant exhibits. In the streets, kiosks display food and favors for sale, while along the edges are benches for the sightseers." (Official Guide Book, Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Acme Publications. p. 119.)
Date: 1962-05-12View this item