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.
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
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
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
View from 2nd Ave. and Pike St., 1870
Transcribed from photograph: "Views. From Second Avenue and Pike Street. 1870. 1. A. A. Denny house. 2. Yesler's mill and wharf. 3. Front Street. 4. Union Street."
Date: 1870View this item
1906-08 Minor Ave., 1954
Transcribed from photograph: "Seattle Apartment Buildings. 1906-08 Minor Ave. Exterior. Wood. Front view. Colored glass window panes. Photo by Werner Lenggenhager, 1954."
Date: 1954View 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
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
Fire ruins south from 1st Ave. S. and S. Washington St., 1889
Transcribed from front of photograph: "Fire. June 6, 1889. Ruins. Commercial Street [1st Ave. S.]. Looking South from Washington Street." Transcribed from back of photograph: "Right side: Harrington & Smith, ship chandlers, etc. Dexter Horton Bank."
Date: 1889View this item
George Fletcher Cotterill, ca. 1912
Transcribed from photograph: "Portraits. Cotterill, George Fletcher. 1865-. Mayor, 1912-1914."
Date: 1912?View this item
Forward deck of Battleship New Mexico, September 12, 1919
Transcribed from photograph: "Pacific Fleet. Review, Sept. 12-14, 1919. Battleship new Mexico. Forward deck showing 14 inch guns. Flagship of Admiral Rodman."
Date: 1919-09-12View this item