AKA: Isaac Stevens School, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools

Designers: Stephen, James, Architect (firm); James Stephen (architect)

Dates: constructed 1906

4 stories

1242 18th Avenue East
Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA 98112

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18th Avenue North and East Galer Street

The school, designed by the Seattle Public Schools' house architect, James Stephen, honored the first Governor of the Washington Territory, Isaac Ingalls Stevens (1818-1862), who served under the title of "Superintendent of Indian Affairs" for the Washington Territory. He held this role from 1853-1857; subsequently, he served as a Congressional representative for the Washington Territory in Washington, DC, in 1857-1858, before being killed in action leading his division of the Union IX Corps at the Battle of Chantilly on 09/01/1862.

For the Stevens School, architect James Stephen (1858-1938) designed a Neo-classical Revival Style building with a projecting portico supported by paired Ionic columns. A large pediment hung over the main entry. The wood-frame building was set on a tall basement story; its roof was lit by a pair of gabled dormers. Ceiling proportions of rooms were high, amply lit by tall, thin double-hing windows.

An addition was made in 1922 in the same Neo-Classical Style. It was planned to include 22 rooms.

Seattle Historic Landmark: ID n/a

PCAD id: 11653