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Engineering Department Seattle Bridges Photograph Album, 1910-1932
- Seattle (Wash.). Engineering Dept.
- Engineering Department Seattle Bridges Photograph Album
- 1910-1932 (inclusive)19101932
- .5 cubic ft., ((1 box)), (83 digitized images)
- Collection Number
- Photographs of Seattle Engineering Department work on bridges, overpasses, and viaducts. Neighborhoods pictured include the Industrial District, University District, and Downtown.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
- Access Restrictions
Records are open to the public.
- 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 available online. View 2613-23 online
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
[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
Photographs are grouped according to neighborhood and arranged alphabetically by neighborhood name.
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
Admiral Way at Fairmont Avenue
Admiral Place Viaduct
Bell Street Bridge
West Garfield Street Bridge
George Washington Memorial Bridge/Aurora Bridge
Harbor Avenue S.W.
Lawton Way Reconstruction
E. Marginal Way (at Hanford Street)
Sand Point Way/Princeton Avenue Viaduct
West Spokane Street Bridge No. 1 and No. 2
West Spokane Street Bridge No. 2
Youngstown Place Trestle
Second Avenue Extension
Eighth Avenue South Viaduct at Argo
Twelfth Avenue South Bridge
Various: includes Lenora Street Viaduct and Tunnel Shield for Eighth Avenue South
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Bridge construction--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
- Viaducts--Design and construction--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
- Seattle (Wash.) Engineering Department
- Seattle (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
Form or Genre Terms
- Photographic prints