AKA: Fremont Steel Bascule Bridge, Fremont, Seattle, WA; Fremont Bridge #4, Fremont, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - infrastructure - transportation structures - bridges

Designers: Hoshide Williams Architecture (firm); Huntington, Daniel R., Architect (firm); Rapp, F. A., Engineer (firm); Robert Isamu Hoshide (architect); F. A. Rapp (engineer); John Grouille Williams III (architect)

Dates: constructed 1915-1917

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Fremont Avenue North
Fremont, Seattle, WA

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Fremont Avenue North over Ship Canal;

Building History

The bridge opened for auto and streetcar traffic on 06/15/1917; in 2007, the bridge served 33,000 vehicles a day.

Building Notes

The Fremont Bridge has been designated a City of Seattle Historic Landmark; the bridge opens approximately 35 times per day, making it one of the busiest drawbridges in the world.


The Seattle firm of Hoshide Williams Architects worked on the renovation of the Fremont bridge's tower in 2000. Their work on the bridge tower won them a Merit Award from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation in 2000. This steel bascule bridge underwent $41.9 million worth of renovations in 2006. The bridge reopened to traffic before Memorial Day Weekend 2007.

Seattle Historic Landmark: ID n/a

PCAD id: 5150