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.
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
Secretary of the Navy, Jopheus Daniels, and his family, September 12, 1919
Transcribed from photograph: "Pacific Fleet. Review, Sept. 12-14, 1919. Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels, Mrs. Daniels and their sons, Jonathan and Frank."
Date: 1919-09-12View 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
Engine Company No. 1, July 23, 1883
Transcribed from photograph: "Seattle Portraits. Group. Engine Co. No. 1. Volunteer Fire Department. Temporary Quarters 2nd near Marion. July 23, 1883. House afterward turned into Peiser's Art Studio, Jan '94. Photo by Peiser, Theodore E." People in the photograph are, from left to right, Joe Keppler (Nozzleman), Will Perry (engineer), Lizzie McDonald, Oscar Krieg (Suctionman), John Storm (Stoker), and Al Cutler.
Date: 1883-07-23View this item
Horace Chapin Henry house, ca. 1910
Transcribed from photograph: "Houses. Henry, Horace Chapin. Exterior. 1117 Harvard North. Built 1907; torn down 1936."
Date: 1910?View 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
Laying the Cornerstone of Denny Hall, July 4, 1894
Transcribed from photograph: "Colleges & Universities. Washington (state) University. Denny hall. Laying of the cornerstone. July 4, 1894."
Date: 1894-07-04View this item
James F. McNaught House, 1905
Transcribed from photograph: "Houses. McNaught, James F. House at Fourth Ave. and Spring St. Built 1882; moved to North side of Spring St., 1905; demolished 1928. From Southwest. 1905. Hillcrest hotel, 1906-1928. Site of Central library."
Date: 1905View this item
View SW to Seattle waterfront, ca. 1956
Transcribed from photograph: "Seattle. Views. From Elliott Bay (aerial view) ca. 1956. Looking southwest over the waterfront and business district to the Cascades."
Date: 1956?View 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