The following links and bibliography are provided for information about architecture and design.
Please forward information about additional resources to the Seattle Architecture Foundation.
ARCADE is the magazine for the contemporary Northwest design community, the mission of ARCADE is to provide an independent voice for civic discussion, and a platform to explore and promote quality design in the built environment. Website includes the current issue and archives in addition to a community calendar.
A listing of the shops, restaurants, services and organizations in Belltown, as well as a section on Belltown history and photos.
An extensive collection of information and photos specific to the City of Bellevue. Former site of the Bellevue Historical Society.
DOCOMOMO (Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement), is an international organization with national and regional working parties around the world including DOCOMOMO.WEWA – a regional volunteer working party covering Western Washington. DOCOMOMO.WEWA is dedicated to building appreciation and public awareness of the significance of Modernist buildings and structures in Western Washington through education, documentation, and advocacy. This working party provides a variety of educational and social opportunities for members and the public and advocates for the preservation and interpretation of Modern resources.
Eastside Heritage Center
The Eastside Heritage Center was established in 2001 through the merger of the Bellevue Historical Society, in Bellevue, and the Marymoor Museum of Eastside History, in Redmond. Our Mission: "To steward Eastside history by actively collecting, preserving, and interpreting documents and artifacts, and by promoting public involvement in and appreciation of this heritage through educational programming and community outreach."
Everett Public Library
Tracing the history of Snohomish County Buildings
As Seattle grows and changes, so does the need for community preservation advocacy. Historic Seattle supports the sensitive development
of our built environment; we advocate thoughtful urban planning, design, and historic preservation that is focused on building community
and enhancing livability. Historic Seattle acts as a catalyst for community preservation action and a respondent to specific preservation
problems, issues, and queries. To take part in advocacy programming, to receive an email preservation action newsletter,
or to learn more about preserving and shaping your neighborhood, contact Christine Palmer at
Museum of History and Industry
MOHAI is the definitive place for everyone with a passion, curiosity, or question about the history of Seattle and King County since 1850. Includes photographs.
History House of Greater Seattle
History House seeks out and empowers individuals and groups to display the history, heritage and art of Greater Seattle's diverse neighborhoods.
is an evolving online historical encyclopedia for Seattle, King County, and now the entire state of Washington. It is being written to provide a new, authoritative, and easily accessible historical reference for the benefit of students, teachers, journalists, scholars, researchers, and the general public. With a few noted exceptions, all essays and features on this site are original works prepared exclusively for HistoryLink by staff, contract writers, volunteers, and consulting experts. Includes photographs.
Illustrated Architecture Dictionary
Illustrated Styles of Architecture
Describes the activities of the King County (Washington state) Historic Preservation Program. Summarizes several featured projects and includes the Landmarks Ordinance, information about the Landmarks Commission, and descriptions of programs providing tax incentives, loans, funding, and technical assistance. Also includes news, events, a FAQ, and related resources. From the King County Office of Business Relations and Economic Development.
King County Property Search
Take link to search for King County property owners, property tax information, permit applications and other public records.
King County Snapshots
"King County Snapshots Project: Vintage Photos Tell Comprehensive Story of King County History. November, 2003. After two years of work, twelve King County heritage organizations, including the Eastside Heritage Center (and its former entities, the Marymoor Museum of Eastside History and the Bellevue Historical Society) led by the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) and the University of Washington Libraries, have launched a new website that provides unparalleled access to 12,000 historical images of people, places and events in King County, Washington...."
Presents information about the organization, which exists to identify, collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the history of the city of Kirkland, Washington state. Features a gallery of historic photographs, an online history of the city, a searchable database of a weekly newspaper published in Kirkland from 1918 to 1975, and archives of the society's journal. Includes information about the group's meetings and activities.
Mercer Island Historical Society
Mercer Island Historical Society: Presents information about this organization, whose mission is "to collect, preserve, research, record and make available the heritage of Mercer Island," Washington state. Features illustrated articles about historical places on Mercer Island, the Mercer Island floating bridge, early settlers, the Mercer Island FireDepartment, and community clubs. Includes a newsletter archive, list of society resources, details about programs and events, membership information, and links.
The mission of the Archives is to support the goals of the City of Seattle and the citizens of the City by identifying, acquiring, arranging, describing, preserving, and making accessible--for the use of City agencies, scholars, students, and the general public--the records of enduring value created or received by City agencies and elected officials. Includes photographs.
Seattle Historical Postcards
This small online exhibit consists of vintage postcards featuring parks, buildings, and other sites in Seattle. The parks represented are Kinnear, Leschi, Lincoln, Madison, Madrona, Mount Baker, Volunteer, and Woodland. Also shown are the Hungerford Hotel, Kirkpatrick's restaurant, Machinery Hall, Smith Tower, Washington Shipping Corporation, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, and the YMCA. From the Seattle Municipal Archives.
The seattletimes.com Web archive
contains only stories published on this site since February 1, 1996. For complete content of The Seattle Times print edition or stories published prior to this date, please visit your local public library.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Archives
The archive contains Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper articles but not photos, graphics, advertisements or Web-only features on seattlepi.com. Coverage is July 1, 1999 – current
Type “Seattle” in the City Search blank on the home page for information about 136 Seattle structures starting with the Bank of American Tower. Most include illustrations.
Offers an explanation of how to trace the history of an older home or building. The information is specific to Snohomish County in Washington state, but the process can be applied elsewhere. Describes what to look for and where to look. Includes details about historic register records, maps, city and county records, newspapers, photographs, architectural resources, biographical resources, Internet tools, and local historical organizations.
The Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross Chapter
is "a small congenial group of people from diverse professional backgrounds who enjoy an interest in architecture. We believe the built environment reflects the culture of our region and we value its contribution to our quality of life." The organization's mission is to support and further the objectives of the Society of Architectural Historians; hold meetings for the study and discussion of historically significant architectural sites in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere; and, to increase awareness and knowledge of the region's architectural heritage and of the history of architecture worldwide. The site contains information on forthcoming conferences, membership, student participation and some helpful links related to architectural history and the Board of Directors (link on site) welcomes inquiries.
Washington State Legislative Building
This online exhibit celebrates the December 2004 re-opening of the Washington State Legislative Building. Presents a brief history and statistics about the building, which was designed by Walter R. Wilder and Harry K. White. Includes photographs and images of the building's predecessors, its dome, elevations, floor plans, construction plans, stone-cutting details, interiors, the surrounding government buildings, and the damage that occurred in the earthquakes of 1949 and 1965.
Washington State/Puget Sound Regional Archives
Collection includes WPA (Work Progress Administration) King County property record cards with photographs, 1937-1972. Information may include construction date, building use, small sketch of the footprint of the building, and some floor plan diagrams. To access this information you will need the tax identification number of the property or the legal description. The Archives is located on the Bellevue Community College Campus. Call 425) 564-3940 to set up an appointment if you wish to do onsite research
University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections
Pacific Northwest collections represent the demographic, environmental, political and historical diversity of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. While the Pacific Northwest materials come from a variety of repositories, these are primarily selected samples from the holdings of the University of Washington Libraries' Manuscripts, Special Collections and University Archives Division.
Seattle collections focus on a selection of material which represent the demographic, environmental, political and historical diversity of Seattle. Drawn from the holdings of the University of Washington Libraries' Manuscripts, Special Collections and University Archives Division.
Art and Architecture collections focus primarily on global architecture - examples of cityscapes, buildings and architectural details from around the world across time. In addition, we are also presenting a sample of our poster and broadside holdings. These collections represent selections from faculty collections as well as from the Washington Libraries' Manuscripts, Special Collections, University Archives Division
Booth, T. William.
Carl F. Gould: a life in architecture and the arts.
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1995.
Maddex, Diane, ed.
Built in the U.S.A.: American buildings from airports to zoos.
Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press, 1985.
National trust guide, Seattle: America's guide for architecture and history travelers.
New York: Preservation Press, J. Wiley & Sons, 1998.
Foley, Mary Mix.
The American house.
New York: Harper & Row, 1980.
New York: Knopf, 1981.
On the rise: architecture and design in a post modern age.
New York, N.Y.: Times Books, 1983.
Huxtable, Ada Louise.
The tall building artistically reconsidered: the search for a skyscraper style.
New York: Pantheon Books, 1984.
Allied Arts of Seattle.
Impressions of imagination: terra-cotta Seattle.
Seattle, Wash.: Allied Arts of Seattle, 1986.
The death and life of great American cities.
New York: Modern Library, 1993.
Apartments by Anhalt.
Seattle, The Office of Urban Conservation, 1978.
Art Deco Seattle.
Seattle: Kreisman, Gardaya, 1979.
Made to last: historic preservation in Seattle and King County.
Seattle: Historic Seattle Preservation Foundation in association with the University of Washington Press, 1999.
The Stimson legacy: architecture in the urban West.
Seattle, WA: Willows Press: Distributed by University of Washington Press, 1992.
Maddex, Diane, ed.
Master builders: a guide to famous American architects.
New York: J. Wiley, 1996.
A field guide to American houses.
New York: Knopf, 1984.
American picture palaces: the architecture of fantasy.
New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981.
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl.
Distant corner: Seattle architects and the legacy of H.H. Richardson.
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2003.
Poppeliers, John C.
What style is it?: a guide to American architecture.
New York: J. Wiley, 1996.
A field guide to contemporary American architecture.
New York: Dutton, 1998.
Ochsner, J, ed.
Shaping Seattle architecture: a historical guide to the architects.
Seattle: University of Washington Press in association with the American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter and the Seattle Architectural Foundation, 1998.
Woodbridge, Sally Byrne.
A guide to architecture in Washington State: an environmental perspective.
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1980.
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