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.
Jackson St. wharf, 1882
Transcribed from photograph: "Waterfront. Wharves. 1882. Jackson Street wharf. City and Ocean dock. Center Right side: Bow's livery stable. Center Right side: New England Hotel. Tower above that, City Hall. Catholic Church, with steeple. To right of that is Arlington Hotel."
Date: 1882View this item
Charles Plummer's House, 1885
Transcribed from photograph: "Houses. Plummer, Charles. House at Northeast corner of Jackson St. and Occidental St. Built 1854; additions made 1859; demolished by fire June 6, 1889. 1885."
Date: 1885View this item
Agricultural Building at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, 1909
Transcribed from photograph: "Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition. 1909. Agricultural building. Graham & Meyers, architects. Olmsted & Dawson, landscape architects."
Date: 1909View this item
Class of South School, ca. 1890
Transcribed from front of photograph: "Seattle Portraits. Group. Class of South School. 3rd grade. Miss Hamlin, teacher. 1889-1890." Transcribed from back of photo: “THIRD GRADE-1889-90-Foto From Zoe (Stetson) Renninger. Miss Hamlin Teacher 1 Bess Laurimore 2 Rachel Garfinkle 3 Lizzie Jones 4 Bertha Dishon 5 Henry Hanke 6 Eddie Boyle 7 Hallie Philbrick 8 Jack Griffin 9 [unnamed] 10 Hayes Wakefield 11 Lou Singerman 12 [unnamed] 13 [unnamed] 14 [unnamed] 15 [unnamed] 16 [unnamed] 17 [unnamed] 18 [unnamed] 19 Walter Hilton 20 [unnamed] 21 [unnamed] 22 Walter Cure 23 Charles Hoege 24 Fritz [blank] 25 [unnamed] 26 Miss Hamlin 27 [unnamed] 28 Bert Ehle 29 [unnamed] 30 [unnamed] 31 [blank] Evans 32 [unnamed] 33 Elias Nelson 34 Peter [blank] 35 Willie McDonald 36 [unnamed] 37 Clara Monasmith 38 Elsie Bruns 39 Irene Lesser 40 [unnamed] 41 [unnamed] 42 Sarah Howard 43 Leila Baldwin 44 [unnamed] 45 [unnamed] 46 Zoe Stetson 47 Irma Ranke 48 Blanche [blank] 49 Nellie Houtz 50 Jessie Roberts 51 Osco Cure 52 Jennie Severence 53 Gertie Stevens 54 [unnamed]
Date: 1890View 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
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
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
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