AKA: University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Hansee, Martha Louis, Hall, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - housing - student housing; built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Bebb and Gould, Architects (firm); Carlson Electric Company (firm); Graham and Myers, Architects (firm); Sheble Construction Company (firm); University Plumbing and Heating Company (firm); Charles Herbert Bebb ; Carl Freylinghausen Gould Sr. (architect); John Graham Sr. (architect/engineer); David John Myers (architect); Sheble (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1935-1936

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4000 15th Ave NE
University of Washington Campus, Seattle, WA 98105

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Building History

Seattle architects John Graham, Sr., (1873-1955) and David J. Myers (1872-1939) associated to work on this dormitory commission; their formal partnership lasted only between 1905-1910. They worked with supervising architects Bebb and Gould on the UW Women's Dormitory. The architects collaborated with the building contractor, the Sheble Construction Company. and sub-contractors, University Plumbing and Heating and the Carlson Electric Company.

Hansee Hall opened during the first week of 10/1936. The Seattle Daily Times described the new dormitory's location, capacity and amenities: "Three hundred girls are busy moving into the new $600,000 women's dormitory at the University of Washington in preparation for opening of classes next week. Built under a grant of federal funds, the dormitory is situated opposite the campus at East 45th Street. It consists of four halls, each accommodating seventy-five women. Each of the four units is equipped with its own living room, recreation room and dining hall connecting with a fully euipped kitchen. The halls are named Isabella Austin, Eliza Ferry Leary, Ruth Karr McKee and Catherine Blaine." (See Seattle Daily Times, "New $600,000 Women's 'Dorm' To Open Doors," 10/04/1946, p. 56.)

The dormitory was renamed "Hansee Hall" in 1965.


The four-story building had an H shape, the rooms located in four "houses", each named after a significant woman; the building shares the "Jacobethan" styling of the campus's Main Quad.

PCAD id: 6070