AKA: Seattle Public Library, Queen Anne Branch, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - libraries

Designers: Biwell Construction, Incorporated (firm); Hoshide Williams Architecture (firm); Somervell and Thomas, Associated Architects (firm); Robert Isamu Hoshide (architect); Woodruff Marbury Somervell (architect); Irving Harlan Thomas (architect); Michael Wagner (building contractor); Steven Wagner (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1912-1913

2 stories, total floor area: 7,931 sq. ft.

400 West Garfield Street
Queen Anne, Seattle, WA 98119-3038

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Building Notes

The Seattle Public Library (SPL) Queen Anne Branch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; it contained 7,931 square feet in 2007. Dennis Evans, a Seattle, WA, artist, placed two works of art in the library, once it was renovated in 2007.

Shrubbery was planted at this library by a landscape gardener in 1914. (See Daniel B. Trefethen,Twenty-fourth Annual Report of the Seattle Public Library, 1914, [Dearborn Printing Company, 1914], p. 6.)


The library was closed on 12/16/2006 for renovations paid for by the $196.4 million "Libraries for All" Bond Issue passed in 1998. The renovation included an upgraded ventilation system, computer enhancements, and expansion of the book collections. Work was scheduled to be completed during the second half of 2007. Renovation lasted 8 months, and the library reopened 08/25/2007. It was the 23rd project finished using funds provided by the "Libraries for All" Bond Issue passed in 1998. Hoshide Williams served as the Project Architects for the renovation; Biwell Construction, Incorporated, functioned as the Building Contractor.

National Register of Historic Places (August 3, 1982): 82004250 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

King County Assessor Number: ID n/a

PCAD id: 7271