Structure Type: built works - dwellings - housing - affordable housing
Designers: Aitken, William, Architect (firm); Bain, William J., Sr., Architect, AIA (firm); Heilman, E. Clair, Landscape Architect (firm); Holmes, J. Lister, Architect (firm); Jacobsen, John T. , Architect (firm); Stoddard, George W., Architect (firm); Sturtevant, Butler, Landscape Architect (firm); William Aitken (architect); William James Bain Sr. (architect); E. Clair Heilman (landscape architect); Joseph Lister Holmes Sr. (architect); John T. Jacobsen (architect); George Wellington Stoddard (architect); Butler Stevens Sturtevant (landscape architect)
Dates: constructed 1939-1941
Designed under the guidance of Jesse Epstein (1911-1989), Director of the Seattle Housing Authority, this affordable housing project had 561 apartments (on 43 acres) when built; its name commemorated Henry L. Yesler (1810-1892), the pioneering Seattle lumber mill owner and public servant. In 1941, Yesler Terrace took the lead in racial integration, becoming the first public housing project in the US not to segregate the races. Yesler Terrace faced redevelopment in 2005 into a mixed-income, rather than a low-income housing tract; other Seattle housing sub-divisions, many built during WW II, such as Holly Park (later called "New Holly"), Rainier Vista, and High Point, were redeveloped by the the Seattle Housing Authority. J. Lister Holmes served as Chief Architect of this low-cost housing project, and was assisted by William Bain, Sr., William Aitken, George W. Stoddard, and John T. Jacobsen, who acted as Associate Architects. Jacobsen has been credited as the Principal Designer of the group. (See Michael Houser, "Jacobsen, John T. (1903 - 1998),
Yesler Terrace received many accolades for its design over the years. The Seattle Art Commission presented it with a design citation for excellence in 1966. The City of Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board considered the landmarks nomination of Yesler Terrace on 08/18/2010.
PCAD id: 5319