Building Department Annual Reports, 1894-1979  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). City Clerk
Title
Building Department Annual Reports
Dates
1894-1979 (inclusive)
Quantity
.8 cubic ft., ((2 boxes))
Collection Number
1802-F4
Summary
Annual reports of the Building Department, 1894 to 1977. The 1894-1895 reports are from the Dept. of Buildings, Bridges, and Wharves. Records include information on building construction and inspection, safety issues, and economic issues. Also included is information on permits, revenues, and buildings erected.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Building Department was established in 1908 [see 1909 report] to manage public buildings and enforce construction codes. In 1912 the supervision of wharves and docks was placed within the Building Department. The Boiler Inspection Department was transferred to the Building Department in 1920. Building inspections and permits constituted a large portion of the department’s activities. The Civic Auditorium was also under the control of the Building Department from 1928 until its 1962 demolition.

The Building Department became part of the Department of Construction and Land Use in 1980.

Superintendents of Buildings: Francis Grant 1908-1911; R.H. Ober 1911-1914; T. Josenhans 19141918-; J.A. Johnson 1918-1920; Jas. E. Blackwell 1920-1922; Robert L. Proctor 1922-1926; G. W. Roberge 1926-1929; J.L. Hardy 1929-1931; W.C. Bickford, 1931-1932; W.A. Gaines, 1932-1934; Paul Fredrickson, 1934-1936; H.C. Ritzman, 1936-1938; Paul Fredrickson 1938-1939; Joseph Little 1939-1941; Charles C. Hughes, 1941-1944-; John B. Cain, 1944-1953; Arthur E.W. Dodds 1953; Fred B. McCoy, 1954-1966; C.S. McCormick 1966-1969; Lester J. Gillis (Acting Superintendent) 1970; Alfred Petty, 1971-1978; William Justen 1978-1980.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The reports date from 1894 to 1977. The earliest reports, from 1894-1895, relate to the Department of Buildings, Bridges, and Wharves. Early reports discuss building construction and inspection; safety concerns are a frequent topic in these reports. Included in this series is a 1921 report from the Superintendent of Buildings listing all property under supervision of the Superintendent. Some reports reflect the economic condition of the City in the context of new construction. Other reports put the City within a national perspective. There is different statistical information for different years. Included is information on permits issued, lists of building erected, lists of revenue derived from City property, and maintenance cost of department automobiles. Some reports have organizational charts for the department.

The 1934 report contains a useful history of legislation relating to building regulations. Reports in the 1950s discuss new legislation relating to construction. Changes in fire and building codes are also reflected in the reports. Reports in the 1960s and 1970s reflect major building projects, such as the Seattle Center and the Model City Program.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Building Department Annual Reports, Record Series 1802-F4. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Building Department Annual Reports, 1894-1979Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Buildings, Bridges and Wharves Department Annual Report
1894
1/2
Buildings, Bridges and Wharves Department Annual Report
1895
1/3
Superintendent of Buildings' Annual Report on City Property
1921
1/4
Buildings Department Annual Report
1905
1/4
Building Department Annual Report
1908
1/4
Building Department Annual Report
1909
1/4
Buildings Department Annual Report
1910
1/4
Buildings Department Statement of Financial Operations
1910
1/4
Buildings Department Statement of Financial Operations
1911
1/4
Buildings Department Statement of Financial Operations
1912
1/4
Building Department Annual Report
1913
1/4
Buildings Department Statement of Financial Operations
1913
1/4
Buildings Department Annual Report
1914
1/4
Buildings Department Statement of Financial Operations
1914
1/5
Building Department Annual Report
1915
1/5
Building Department Annual Report
1916
1/5
Building Department Annual Report
1917
1/5
Buildings Department Annual Report
1918
1/6
Buildings Department Annual Report
1921
1/6
Buildings Department Annual Report
1923
1/6
Building Department Annual Report
1924
1/7
Buildings Department Annual Report
1919
1/7
Building Department Annual Report
1920
1/8
Buildings Department Annual Report
1926
1/8
Building Department Annual Report
1931
1/9
Building Department Annual Report
1932
1/9
Building Department Annual Report
1933
1/9
Buildings Department Annual Report
1934
1/9
Buildings Department Annual Report
1935
1/9
Building Department Annual Report
1936-1937
1/10
Buildings Department Annual Report
1938
1/10
Building Department Annual Report
1943
1/10
Building Department Annual Report
1944
1/10
Building Department Annual Report
1945
2/1
Building Department Annual Report
1946
2/1
Building Department Annual Report
1947
2/1
Building Department Annual Report
1948
2/1
Building Department Annual Report
1949
2/2
Building Department Annual Report
1950
2/2
Building Department Annual Report
1951
2/2
Buildings Department Annual Report
1952
2/2
Building Department Annual Report
1953
2/3
Building Department Annual Report
1954
2/3
Building Department Annual Report
1955
2/3
Buildings Department Annual Report
1956
2/3
Building Department Annual Report, Part II
1956
2/4
Building Department Annual Report
1957
2/4
Building Department Annual Report
1958
2/4
Building Department Annual Report
1959
2/5
Building Department Annual Report
1960
2/5
Building Department Annual Report
1961-1962
2/5
Building Department Annual Report
1963
2/6
Building Department Annual Report
1968
2/6
Building Department Annual Report
1969
2/6
Building Department Annual Report
1970
2/7
Building Department Annual Report
1971
2/7
Building Department Annual Report
1972
2/7
Building Department Annual Report
1973
2/7
Building Department Annual Report
1974
2/7
Building Department Annual Report
1975
2/7
Building Department Annual Report
1976
2/7
Buildings Department Annual Report
1977
2/7
Building Department Annual Report
1978
2/7
Building Department Annual Report
1979

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Bridges--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Building laws--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Building inspection--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Building permits--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Building--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Fire prevention--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Public buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Steam-boiler inspection--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Wharves--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle Model City Program
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • Seattle Center (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Annual reports
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Seattle (Wash.). Building Dept. (creator)
    • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Buildings, Bridges, and Wharves (creator)