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.
Aerial view of Seattle looking north, ca. 1977
Transcribed from photograph: "Seattle Views. Aerial. Looking north. Space Needle and Lake Union in background. King County Stadium (Kingdome) in foreground."
Date: 1977View 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
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
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
Fire station, Engine House No. 3, ca. 1910
Transcribed from photograph: "Seattle Buildings. Fire station (Engine House #3) Exterior. Terry Ave. and Alder St. 1903-1921. Except for removal of hose drying tower still standing."
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
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