Patricia Fleck MacKay Library

The primary goal of the Patricia Fleck MacKay Library is to expand knowledge about historic preservation. Housed at the Dearborn House, the library is an education and advocacy initiative of Historic Seattle that supports the organization’s mission.

Patsy Fleck MacKay, a mainstay of First Hill and a good friend of Historic Seattle, passed away on September 30, 2003, after a short illness. Through her generosity, Historic Seattle was able to restore the first floor music room of the Dearborn House to accommodate a unique research and reading library dedicated to historic preservation.

The music room was returned to its original footprint, utilities were upgraded, and ornate historic woodwork was restored. Reproduction light fixtures were generously donated and installed by Rejuvenation. The transformation of the space included repainting wall and ceiling surfaces and installing custom-built bookcases.

The library collection includes a variety of books and periodicals on architecture, design, preservation, and planning, as well as local and regional histories, environmental impact documents, and unpublished reports and studies.

Researchers are welcome by appointment and may contact Larry Kreisman, Historic Seattle Program Director, for more information.