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West Queen Anne Elementary School

515 W Galer St, Seattle, WA 98119, United States
Date Built:
1896, additions 1900, 1902 and 1916
Original Architect /
Skilling and Corner, original architect / Edgar Blair, architect, 1916 addition
Original Owners:
Seattle Public School District
Romanesque dark brick two-story building with a steep roof line and tall arched windows.

Historic Seattle’s Role:

This Romanesque-influenced building was originally built in 1896, with additions in 1900, 1902 and 1916. In 1981, due to declining enrollment, the school was forced to close. To ensure the building’s preservation, Historic Seattle acquired the property from the Seattle School District in 1983. West Queen Anne Associates, a limited partnership, implemented an adaptive reuse project completed in 1984 to transform the building into 49 condominium units.

The West Queen Anne Elementary School building was designated a Seattle Landmark in 1977 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Current and Future Uses:

West Queen Anne Elementary School continues to be used as condominiums, and serves as an excellent example of adaptive reuse of a school building.


Photo: Jennifer Tucker

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