Historic Seattle seeks to restore significant buildings and sites which are threatened or neglected. As a public development authority, we can purchase, sell, own, develop, and invest in real estate for the purpose of preservation. Since 1973, our efforts have helped protect the unique architectural character of Seattle.

Historic Seattle has played a pivotal role in numerous development and restoration projects of historic buildings throughout Seattle since 1973. We protect and save threatened and vulnerable historic properties. We find contemporary uses for historic buildings, creating incentives for stewardship and preservation.

Historic Seattle’s projects fall into four categories. Explore each project through All Projects. You may filter by project category–Projects in Development, Our Properties, Ongoing Stewardship and Easements, and Completed Projects.

Projects in Development

Historic Seattle actively engages in restoration projects. Our role in development projects varies from limited consultant to land owner. We provide services related to design, finance, project development, building condition, and use assessment for a variety of projects.

Our Properties

The continued operation of our 11 properties provides a variety of uses and value to our communities. The Egan House is a single family mid-century modern residence. The Cadillac Hotel is the home of the National Park Service’s Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The Good Shepherd Center is home to dozens of non-profit organizations. The Belmont-Boylston, Phillips, and Victorian Row Apartments provide affordable housing to a total of twenty-five low income residents and the Dearborn House serves as the headquarters for Historic Seattle. Washington Hall, acquired by Historic Seattle in 2009, is a community center available for events, performances, meetings, classes and rehearsals . Occasionally, our properties are available for rent. If a residential unit or commercial space is available we’ll post the information on this website.

Ongoing Stewardship and Easements

Historic Seattle has employed a variety of methods to ensure that numerous historic properties continue to be maintained and respected. Preservation easements, covenants and rights of first refusal have been useful tools used by the organization to ensure protection and responsible stewardship by current and future owners.

Completed Projects

Historic Seattle projects have been big and small, in the downtown and scattered throughout the city. In all cases of completed projects, although no longer acting as consultant nor owner, we have transferred these properties with deserving landmark status and/or protective easements to sensitive and responsible new owners.


Land Acknowledgement

Historic Seattle knows that our properties and programs occupy the unceded traditional Territories of the Coast Salish peoples. This acknowledgment is not a substitute for developing relationships with indigenous communities, or for honoring indigenous stories as we share our collective history, but is the first step in recognizing the people whose land we occupy.



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