AKA: Mercer Island School District #400, Contact High School, Mercer Island, WA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - middle schools

Designers: Bassetti and Morse, Architects (firm); Frederick Forde Bassetti (architect); John Moore Morse (architect)

Dates: constructed 1961

4030 86th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040-4198

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Building History

The Seattle architectural firm of Bassetti and Morse, designed at least four schools for the Mercer Island School District during the late 1950s and early 1960s, including this one, North Mercer Junior High School, in 1960-1961. Otehr Mercer Island schools by Bassetti and Morse were

Due to shrinking enrollments, North Mercer Junior High School closed in 1982. According to a blog, the Mercer Island Patch, after North Mercer closed it was used for various purposes: "From 1982 until 1987, the Mercer Island School District's alternative Contract High School occupied the building. It had a stint as a City University campus, and now it's home to many of the Island's beloved institutions: Youth Theatre Northwest, Mary Wayte Pool, the new PEAK building, Pixie Hill Daycare and Little Acorn Preschool. The 21st Century Planning Committee is currently making assessments and taking public input on what should be done with the property in the face of another surge in school enrollment. It will make its recommendations next September." (See Cody Ellerd Bay, Mercer Island Patch.com, "Then & Now: North Mercer Junior High," published 12/23/2010, accessed 07/25/2018.)

The Mercer Island School District determined that another elementary school was needed. In 2014-2016, the Northwood Elementary School was built on the former North Mercer Junior High School property.

Building Notes

Images of the North Mercer Junior High School are included in Photo Collection #191, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Photograph Collection, 1943-1976 held in the University of Washington Libraries, Department of Special Collections, Seattle, WA. Tel: (206) 232-7107 (2010);


The Mercer Crest Junior High School was razed in about 1999.

PCAD id: 8029