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Queen Anne Historical Society

Seattle, Washington


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Preserving Our Community Heritage... Now and for the Future

Historic Queen Anne

405 W. Highland Drive

Stimson-Griffiths House – 405 W. Highland Drive, 1905


Counterbalance – Queen Anne Avenue, ca. 1920

1 W. Highland Dr.

Treat House – 1 W. Highland Drive, 1907

Water towers

Water Towers – Early 20th Century

Riddle House

Riddle House – 153 Highland Drive, 1899

Kerry Park, 1932

Kerry Park – 211 W. Highland Drive, 1932

654 W. Olympic

Ward House – 104 Aloha Street, 1900

John Hay

John Hay School – Boston St. & Fourth Ave. N., undated

7th Church of Christ Scientist

Seventh Church of Christ Scientist – 2555 Eighth Ave. W., 1941

Van de Kamp Bakery

Van de Kamp Bakery – 550 Queen Anne Ave. N., 1930

Children's Orthopedic Hospital

Children's Orthopedic Hospital – 100 Crockett St., 1920

Queen Anne and its history, historic buildings and sites provide an accessible capsule of information where we can learn how the city of Seattle was wrought from a wilderness of heavily timbered slopes, salt water bays and fresh water lakes. Our Queen Anne style mansions may be mostly lost, but bungalows, Colonial Revival, American four square, Prairie School and Tudor style houses from the turn of 20th Century still excite imaginations today. From the Treat House to the Counterbalance, from the streetcar suburb of Upper Queen Anne to the commercial buildings of Uptown, there are endless places to learn about and explore on Queen Anne.

Explore the many pages and hundreds of historic photos within our website.

Upcoming Events

Saving the historic qualities of our Urban Villages

Thursday, September 25, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Join a conversation with local experts about how to promote dense multi-family housing while simultaneously preserving the historic qualities of our commercial zones. Read more about it on the Events page.

Public Meetings

The Queen Anne Historical Society holds five public meetings each year featuring programs emphasizing community and Washington history. The meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of September, November, January, March and May. If necessary, the November meeting is moved so as to not conflict with Thanksgiving. View our Events page for the latest happenings.

New on Our Website: Queen Anne Park

We've recently posted a wonderful essay and eight slideshows about Queen Anne Park. The neglected history of this neighborhood is revealed by society member and Queen Anne Park resident, Florence Helliesen, Ph.D.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Queen Anne Historical Society is in critical need of an archivist. The archivist need not be a member of the board of directors.

We are also looking for Board of Trustee members.

Read more about these opportunites on the Volunteer page.

Learn About the History of Queen Anne

Thomas Mercer Home
Thomas Mercer House, 1853 – Queen Anne Hill

Read about the early history of Queen Anne, starting in 1852.

Read a Thumbnail History of Queen Anne.

View a video “Historylink Queen Anne Neighborhood”, with Walt Crowley.

Read An Amazing Brief History of Queen Anne Hill. a Queen Anne Driving Tour from 1977.

Read the Queen Anne Historical Context Statement with fascinating details about the history of Queen Anne.