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.
Harborview Hospital, 1929
Transcribed from photograph: "Seattle. Hospitals. Harborview. Exterior. Built 1929. Buff colored brick. Thomas, Grainger and Thomas, architects."
Date: 1929View this item
Princess Angeline at 1st Ave. and Seneca St., 1887
Transcribed from photograph: "Portraits. Angeline, Princess. ?-1896. (daughter of Chief Seattle) Crossing Seneca St. at Front St. [1st Ave.]. 1887. Cliff House in background."
Date: 1887View this item
View north from 2nd Ave. and Virginia St., 1882
Transcribed from photograph: "Seattle Views. From 2nd Ave. and Virginia St. 1882. Belltown hill, looking north."
Date: 1882View this item
Potlatch Parade Alaska Treaty Float, July 17, 1912
Transcribed from photograph: "Golden Potlatch. July 15-20, 1912. Parade. Alaska pageant; the Alaska treaty float." The Empire Building and Stetson Post Building can be seen on the left.
Date: 1912-07-17View this item
Fire station Engine House No. 2, 1906
Transcribed from photograph: "Seattle Buildings. Fire station (Engine House #2) Exterior. N.E. corner of 3rd Ave. and Pine Street. Built 1906; demolished 1921. Photo by Webster & Stevens, 1906. Demolished for construction of Bon Marche department store."
Date: 1906View this item
Squire's Opera House, 1880
Transcribed from front of photograph: "Theaters. Squire's Opera House. Commercial Street [1st Ave. S.] between Washington Street and Main Street. Built 1876. Destroyed by fire June 6, 1889. 1880." Transcribed from back of photograph: "1. Clancy's Saloon. 2. Jake Levy, pawn broker. 3. Klein and Rosenberg; McNaught, McNaught and Mitchel, lawyers. 4. Hotel Brunswick and Squire's Opera House. 5. Stowell and Co., druggists, Max Heiber, tailor. 6. A. P. Hotaling, wholesale liquor dealer."
Date: 1880View this item
Orizaba (steamer), ca. 1870
Transcribed from photograph: "Seattle Ships. Orizaba (steamer) Ca. 1870. Copy of original photograph by Werner Lenggenhager. Owned by the Pacific Coast Steamship Co."
Date: 1870?View this item
Workers securing Space Needle ring girder, ca. November 11, 1961
Date: 1961-11-11View this item
Worker laying cement on Space Needle roof, ca. December 28, 1961
Date: 1961-12-28View this item
Jackson Street Regrade at 8th Ave. S. and S. Weller St., 1908
Regrades. Jackson St. 1908. Looking Northeast from Eighth Ave. and Weller St.
Date: 1908View this item