Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools

Designers: Meany, Stephen J., Architect (firm); Parkinson, John, Architect (firm); Stephen Joseph Meany (architect); John Parkinson (architect)

Dates: constructed 1883-1884, demolished 1928

2 stories

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5th Avenue and Battery Street
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98121

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This early Seattle Public School served for about 44 years, from 1884 until 1928. Designed by architect Stephen J. Meany. the wood-frame school originally served elementary school students and had 12 classrooms.

Building Notes

The Denny School had a cross-gabled roof and a three-bay composition. The central bay, crowned by a pediment, projected forward ahead of the sides. On one side wing, perhaps that of the southwest, another two-floor wing stood out further, this section containing the main entry sheltered by a trabeated porch. At the center of this design, a cupola/belltower stood in the center of the roof. The building had a vaguely 18th century, Georgian composition, although the ornamentation trimming the windows lacked Palladian accuracy.


The Denny School was enlarged in 1891 by the architect John Parkinson (1861-1935). Parkinson would migrate to Los Angeles, CA, about three years later, becoming one of that city's most successful architects of the early 20th century. Parkinson added wings on the building's northeast and southwest sides, each in the stylistic manner of the original.

PCAD id: 21750