Engineering Department Seattle Bridges Photograph Album, 1910-1932  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). Engineering Dept.
Title
Engineering Department Seattle Bridges Photograph Album
Dates
1910-1932 (inclusive)
Quantity
.5 cubic ft., ((1 box))
Collection Number
2613-23
Summary
Photographs of Seattle Engineering Department work on bridges, overpasses, and viaducts. Neighborhoods pictured include the Industrial District, University District, and Downtown.
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 Seattle Engineering Department (SED) maintained the City's streets and bridges, designed and oversaw construction of public works projects, provided traffic and transportation planning, and operated the sewer and solid waste utility. The position of City Surveyor was created in 1873 to survey the City, establish boundaries and street grades, and administer condemnation processes. This position was renamed City Engineer in 1890. In 1931 the Engineering Department absorbed part of the Department of Public Utilities and in 1936 it assumed the responsibilities of the Department of Streets and Sewers and the Traffic Department. In 1997, the water, solid waste, drainage, and wastewater utilities from the Engineering and Water departments were merged with the Engineering Services Division of SED and the Customer Service Call Center and Construction Engineering Sections of City Light to form Seattle Public Utilities. The traffic and transportation functions of the Engineering Department were consolidated in the Seattle Transportation Department.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The images in this collection, taken by the Seattle Engineering Department, illustrate bridges, overpasses, and viaducts in the Seattle area as well as work that the Engineering Department performed on the structures. Structural materials, signs, neighboring businesses, Engineering Department employees at work, streetcars, and waterways are depicted in the photographs. Neighborhoods include the Industrial District, University District, and Downtown.

Photographs are pasted on black paper and each page is labeled and dated. The sizes of the prints vary from 3 1/2 x 5 to 5 x7. The majority of the images are in the Seattle Municipal Archives online photograph database, for which original negatives exist. Selected photographs are available as high-resolution images.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Title of image, date. Item number.] Seattle Engineering Department Bridge Photographs, Record Series 2613-23. 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.

Seattle Bridges Photograph Album, 1910-1932Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Admiral Way at Fairmont Avenue
1927-1928
1/2
Admiral Place Viaduct
1931-1932
1/3
Bell Street Bridge
1914; 1931
1/4
Fremont Bridge
1936
1/5
West Garfield Street Bridge
1910; 1930
1/6
George Washington Memorial Bridge/Aurora Bridge
1932
1/7
Harbor Avenue S.W.
1929-1930
1/8
Lawton Way Reconstruction
1929
1/9
E. Marginal Way (at Hanford Street)
1932
1/10
Montlake Bridge
1914; 1925
1/11
Sand Point Way/Princeton Avenue Viaduct
1930
1/12
West Spokane Street Bridge No. 1 and No. 2
1928-1930
1/13
West Spokane Street Bridge No. 2
1930
1/14
Youngstown Place Trestle
1929-1930
1/15
Second Avenue Extension
1928-1929
1/16
Eighth Avenue South Viaduct at Argo
1928
1/17
Twelfth Avenue South Bridge
n.d.
1/18
Various: includes Lenora Street Viaduct and Tunnel Shield for Eighth Avenue South
1931-1936

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Bridge construction--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Viaducts--Design and construction--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.) Engineering Department
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints