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Links and Resources

A growing selection of resources focused on South Lake Union and the Seattle region.

Seattle City Landmarks in South Lake Union

  • Troy Laundry (1927, at 307 Fairview Avenue North)
  • Kelly-Goodwin Hardwood Building (1915, at 320 Terry Ave North)
  • Seattle Times Building (1930, at 1120 John Street)
  • Metropolitan/New Richmond Laundry (1917-1944, at 224 Pontius Avenue South)
  • Supply Laundry (ca. 1906+, 1265 Republican Street)
  • Ford Assembly Plant/Shurgard Storage (1913, 1155 Valley Street)
  • Van Vorst Building (1909, 413-421 Boren Avenue North)
  • Pacific McKay & Ford McKay Buildings (1925 and 1922, 601-615 Westlake Avenue North)
  • Lake Union Steam Plant & Hydro House (1914-1921, 1179 Eastlake Avenue East)
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church (1912, 1215 Thomas Street)
  • St. Spiridon Russian Orthodox Cathedral (1941, 400 Yale Avenue North)
  • Jensen Block (1906, 601-611 Eastlake Avenue East)
  • Old Norway Hall (1915, now Cornish College Raisbeck Performance Hall, 2015 Boren Avenue)

Maps and City Directories

R. L. Polk and Company. Polk's Directory to the City of Seattle

Studies and Plans

Committee for the Seattle Commons. Seattle Commons draft plan . Seattle : The Committee, 1993, c1991.

Erigero, Patricia, Seattle Public Schools Historic Building Survey. Seattle: Seattle Public Schools and Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority, Seattle, 1989.

South Lake Union Historic Resource Survey and Inventory Context Statement (available digitally)

Cascade Historic Resource Survey and Inventory Context Statement (available digitally)

Articles, Books, Theses and Dissertations

Adair, Karen Elizabeth, Organized Women Workers in Seattle 1900-1918. (M.A. Thesis, University of Washington), 1990.

Bagley, Clarence, History of Seattle from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Chicago: S.J. Clarke, 1913.

Berner, Richard C. Seattle 1900-1920: From Boomtown to Restoration. Seattle: St. Charles Press, 1991.

Brandford, Loren B. A catalyst for community: housing and a market for Cascade. Thesis (M. Arch.), University of Washington, 1996.

Brier, Howard Maxwell, Sawdust Empire: The Pacific Northwest. New York; Knopf, 1958.

Dorpat, Paul and Genevieve McCoy, Building Washington: A History of Washington State Public Works, Seattle, Wash.:Tartu Publications, 1998.

Klingle, Matthew. Emerald city : an environmental history of Seattle. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.

Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl. The Architects Who Shaped Seattle. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999.

Pirie, Ken, "Preserving an Industrial Heritage: Identifying South Lake Union Historic Sites in the Face of Development Pressure". The Urban Design & Planning Magazine, University of Washington, June 1993.

Steinbrueck, Victor and Folke Nyberg. Eastlake and Cascade: An Inventory of Buildings and Urban Design Resources. Seattle: Historic Seattle, 1975.

Thrush, Coll. Native Seattle: Histories from the crossing-over place Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007.

Digital Resources

National Register of Historic Places Nomination for the Naval Reserve Armory Building, now the Museum of History and Industry.

HistoryLink.org provides  an evolving online encyclopedia of Washington state and local history. It includes many informative entries on South Lake Union. Below are links to a few of particular interest:

Seattle Municipal Archives Pinterest Board - features photos, vintage postcards, material for political campaigns and more.

"Old Buildings May be On Chopping Block in South Lake Union," story from KUOW, aired January 14, 2013.

Lake Union Cyber-tour from HistoryLink.org - This is a Cybertour of Seattle's historic South Lake Union neighborhood, including the Cascade neighborhood and portions of the Denny Regrade. It was written and curated by Paula Becker with the assistance of Walt Crowley and Paul Dorpat. Map by Marie McCaffrey.

Paul Dorpat's Seattle History Blog