AKA: Norway Center, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures

Designers: Boen Construction Company (firm); Mahlum, Edward K., Architect (firm); Boen (building contractor); Edward Kristian Mahlum (architect)

Dates: constructed 1950-1951

3 stories, total floor area: 39,000 sq. ft.

300 3rd Avenue West
Queen Anne, Seattle, WA 98119

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Building History

The Sons of Norway, Leif Erikson Lodge #1, and Daughters of Norway, Valkyrien Lodge No. 1, originally opened their first meeting facility in Belltown, at 2015 Boren Avenue, in 1915. They utilized this facility until 1948, when the property was sold. The two groups collaborated with other local Norwegian immigrant organizations to build theNorway Center at 300 3rd Avenue West in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, WA, opening this facility on 04/07/1951. This hall served the groups until 1983, when it was sold to The Mountaineers, an influential Seattle-based mountaineering and environmental organization.

The Mountaineers, in turn, sold the former Norway Center in 05/2008.

Building Notes

A cornerstone embedded into the building was filled with mementos of 1950. When the building was being demolished, its contents were saved and forwarded to the Sons and Daughters of Norway, who reexamined them on 06/07/2009.


Norway Center/Mountaineers Headquarters was razed in 2009 to make way for the Avalon Bay Apartments, aka AVA Queen Anne Apartments, completed in 2011.

PCAD id: 11095