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.
Riverside School., ca. 1920
Transcribed from photograph: "Seattle Schools. Riverside School. Detroit and Juneau. Built 1888; annexed 1908; closed 1926. Exterior. Frame. Three-quarter view of front and right side."
Date: 1920?View this item
Cooke and Lake Shipyard, 1910
Transcribed from photograph: "Cooke & Lake Shipyard. Ballard." The 1910 City Directory lists the location of the shipyard at the foot of 30th Ave. NW.
Date: 1910View this item
Seattle Central Library, Glen Alps Screen, 1968
Transcribed from photograph: "Seattle Public Library. 1960- . Central building. 4th and Madison. Built 1960. Interior. 3rd floor. Entrance to Adult Education Department showing Glen Alps Screen. 1968."
Date: 1968View this item
Hans and Nels Nelson at corner of Dock Pl. and Ballard Ave., 1892
Transcribed from photograph: Hans Nelson and son Nels Nelson. Hotel and restaurant on corner of Dock Place and Ballard Ave. Ballard."
Date: 1892View this item
Henry Suzzallo memorial library, ca. 1950
Transcribed from photograph: "Seattle Colleges & Universities. Washington (state) University. Henry Suzzallo memorial library. Exterior, detail of facade showing sculptured figures by Allan Clark: "Thought", "Inspiration," and "Mastery.""
Date: 1950?View this item
Territorial University from near 3rd Ave. and Union St., 1878
Transcribed from photograph: "Colleges and Universities. Washington (state) University. Territorial University. Main building. Exterior. Fourth Avenue and University Street. Built 1861-1862, demolished 1910. 1878. John Pike, Architect. Photograph taken from Third Avenue and Pike Street."
Date: 1878View this item
View SE from 3rd Ave. and Stewart St., 1902
Transcribed from photograph: "Views. From Third Ave. and Stewart St. 1902. Looking Southeast. 1. Norwegian Danish Lutheran Church. 2. First Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church. 3. First Unitarian church. 4. R.H. Denny House. 5. Central School. 6. King County Courthouse. 7. Territorial University. 8. Armory. 9. First Methodist Protestant Church. 10. Ranke Building."
Date: 1902View this item
3rd home of Seattle Public Library in the Rialto Building, ca. 1896
Transcribed from photograph: "Public Library. 1896-1898. Third home of the Seattle Public Library. Rialto building. Second Ave. and Madison St. Built 1892."
Date: 1896View this item
Seattle Public Library, Fremont branch, June 1955
Transcribed from photograph: "Public Library. Branches. Fremont. Fremont Branch. 731 N. 35th. Built 1921. Photograph by Werner Lenggenhager, June 1955. Daniel R. Huntington, architect."
Date: 1955View this item
Civil War Veteran's Memorial, ca. 1955
Transcribed from photograph: "Monuments. Civil War veteran's memorial. Lakeview Cemetery."
Date: 1955View this item