AKA: University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Raitt, Effie I., Hall, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Bebb and Gould, Architects (firm); Charles Herbert Bebb ; Carl Freylinghausen Gould Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1916-1917

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Chelan Lane
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195

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Raitt Hall was erected on the northeast corner of UW's Liberal Arts Quad.


Home Economics Hall and Commerce Hall (1917) were the first two Jacobethan buildings composing the Liberal Arts Quadrangle at the University of Washington (UW). These two buildings predated the remarkable Gothic Suzzallo Library, completed in 1927. All three buildings were the work of the Seattle architectural firm of Bebb and Gould, of which Carl Gould, Sr., (1873-1939) was the primary designer. The UW dropped Home Economics from its curriculum after 1980. In 2015, the Departments of Scandinavian Languages and Literature and DX Arts occupied Raitt Hall.

Building History

Home Economics Hall opened in 04/1917.

Building Notes

The Home Economics Building was ornamented with female gargoyles performing domestic tasks, designed by Gould. In 1917, the Faculty Women's Club was located in Home Economics Hall. (See "Woman Educator Will Speak Here," Seattle Times, 05/19/1917, p. 2.)

PCAD id: 8704