Pierson & Co. photographs of Seattle apartment buildings, approximately 1900-1920

Overview of the Collection

Pierson Photo Co. (Seattle, Wash.)
Pierson & Co. photographs of Seattle apartment buildings
approximately 1900-1920 (inclusive)
15 photographic prints (1 folder) ; 8 x 10 in.
Collection Number
Photographs of various apartment buildings in Seattle around the turn of the 20th century.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries' Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator is required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of apartment buildings in Seattle. Four of the photographs have drawings of the layout of the buildings on the backs of the photographs. The photographs were taken by Pierson and Co. Photographers.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

View the digital version of the collection

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Seattle Subject file in Special Collections, 2012.


James, Diana E. 2012. Shared walls: Seattle apartment buildings, 1900-1939. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co.

Processing Note

Processed by: Stefanie Terasaki, 2013; processing completed 2013.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Capitol Hill Apartment BuildingsReturn to Top

The large number of streetcar routes connecting the rest of Seattle to Capital Hill made it a prime destination for apartment renters and investors. By 1901 there was a streetcar running along Broadway named the City Park Line connecting the residences and small businesses in the neighborhood.

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1a-b
  Adrian Court Apartments
The Adrian Court apartments were built from 1903 to 1904 by architect Stephen Alston Jennings for Colonel George W. Mahoney and were located at 911-913 Summit Avenue and Madison Street, located where Swedish Hospital is today. It was the first solid concrete building erected in the Pacific Northwest.Verso has drawing of building layout.
between 1904 and 1914?
1 2
  The Buckingham
The Buckingham was built in 1905 and is located at 1220 Boyleston Avenue. The building is now the Shannon Apartments.
between 1905 and 1915?
1 3
  Chesterfield Apartments
The Chesterfield was built in 1914 and is located at 1804 East Republican Street.
between 1914 and 1924?
1 4
  Coolidge Apartment Building
The Coolidge apartments were located at 903-07 Boylston Ave.Written on verso: John Davis and Co.
between 1900 and 1910?
1 5
  The Lorrimer
The Lorrimer was built in 1915 at 1914 E. Republican and holds seven living units.Sign in window reads: For Rent John Davis and Co.
between 1915 and 1925?
1 6
  St. Paul Apartment Building
The St. Paul Apartment building is a mid-rise apartment located on Seneca and Summit Avenue. It was designed in 1901 by architects Spalding and Russel and was built in the same year by Edwin C. Burke. The original building had eighteen apartments with spacious rooms and loggias that included speaking tubes, electric bells and porches that exited into a large central courtyard.
between 1901 and 1911?

Denny Regrade-Belltown Apartment BuildingsReturn to Top

The Denny Regrade area of Seattle between Stewart and Mercer Streets originally housed a large hill between 2nd and 5th Avenue, named Denny Hill and was removed in the early 20th century by Seattle engineer, Reginald Heber Thomson.

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 7
  Grant Apartment Building
The Grant Apartments were located at 2020 5th Ave.
between 1905 and 1915?

First Hill ApartmentsReturn to Top

First Hill originally interested wealthy homeowners in the 1880s and by 1904 many investors had bought land to build apartments and boarding houses. By 1910 individual family homes were no longer a building priority.

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 8a-b
  Old Colony Apartment
The Old Colony building was built in 1909 at 615 Boren Avenue and was used as a hotel and apartment complex. It was built for E.B. Burwell of the Seattle Hardware Company by Frank P. Allen, known for his work with the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. The Old Colony originally had 28 units and was known for its upscale luxurious environment.Verso has drawing of building layout.
between 1909 and 1919?
1 9
  San Marco Apartments
The San Marco building is located at 1205-1209 Spring Street Seattle, WA, was completed October 1905 and had 118 rooms.
between 1905 and 1915?

Queen Anne Apartment BuildingsReturn to Top

The Queen Anne neighborhood was a prime location for the quickly growing number of apartments due to its proximity to downtown Seattle and its multiple streetcar connections.

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 10a-b
  The Lorely Apartments
The Lorely Apartments were built in 1912 at 203 West Comstock Street.Verso has drawing of building layout.
between 1912 and 1922?
1 11
  The Tanglewood
The Tanglewood apartments were built in 1914 at 1511 11th Avenue West.Sign in window reads: For Rent John Davis and Co.
between 1914 and 1924?

University District Apartment BuildingsReturn to Top

After 1909 and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Seattle had expanded its public transportation to the University of Washington which had relocated away from downtown Seattle in 1891. This allowed for the expansion of the surrounding area and the increase in apartment buildings.

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 12
  Adelaide Apartments
Located at 1315 East 47th Avenue.Store front for Paysse Hardware Co. and Re-nu-it Cleaners and Tailors visible.
between 1920 and 1930?
1 13
  Weir Apartments
Located at 1303 E 41st Street which is now 1303 NE 41st St. (Southeast corner of 41st & Brooklyn in the University District).Pencil drawing on verso.
between 1915 and 1925?

Other Seattle Areas and Unknown locationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 14 between 1900 and 1910?
1 15
  The Theresia Apartments
Verso has drawing of building layout.
between 1900 and 1910?

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Apartment houses--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)

Corporate Names

  • Pierson Photo Co. (Seattle, Wash.)--Archives

Geographical Names

  • Belltown (Seattle, Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • Capitol Hill (Seattle, Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • Denny Regrade (Seattle, Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • First Hill (Seattle, Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • Queen Anne (Seattle, Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • University District (Seattle, Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs