Situated on the highest of Seattle's iconic seven hills, Queen Anne is known for its remarkable buildings and landmarks. In fact, the neighborhood is named for one of its more prominent architectural styles.
When our brokers want to show off Seattle to visitors, these memorable landmarks are on the viewing list.
- Ballard-Howe House - 22 W. Highland Dr., Seattle, WA 98109
The name of Ballard-Howe House pays tribute to the building's history and its two notable owners. After Martin D. Ballard traveled to the Pacific Northwest via the Oregon Trail, he built his stunning Colonial/Georgian Revival home on Queen Anne's south slope. Upon his death in 1907, the home was purchased by attorney James B. Howe. Today, Ballard-Howe House has been converted into an 18-unit apartment community.
- Climate Pledge Arena - 334 1st Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109
Seattle residents know Climate Pledge Arena as the site of countless musical and sporting events. But through a series of name changes and renovations, the building has been a significant part of Queen Anne's history. The Washington State Pavilion and the Space Needle were the two major highlights of the 1962 World's Fair. Since the city purchased the arena in 1964, it has served as home to Seattle's various basketball and hockey teams, including the Supersonics of the NBA and the Kraken. In its current iteration as Climate Pledge Arena, the building is making news of another sort as the world's first net zero-carbon certified arena.
- C. H. Black House & Gardens - 615 W. Lee St., Seattle, WA 98119
As founder of Seattle Hardware Co., Charles H. Black was one of the city's more prominent citizens. In 1909, Black built what would become known as C. H. Black House & Gardens. The Tudor-style home included 33 rooms across 11,600 square feet. Landscaping was designed by the prestigious Olmsted Brothers firm, which created NYC's Central Park as well as Seattle's impressive park system. A unique feature of the home is the stable on the north side, which was connected to the main house by an underground tunnel.
- George Washington Memorial Bridge - Aurora Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
While the official name of this landmark is the George Washington Memorial Bridge, most people refer to it simply as the Aurora Bridge for the street where it's located. During the dedication ceremony in 1932, President Herbert Hoover used a telegraphic key in Washington, D.C., to unfurl the flags along the bridge. The 3,000-foot span crosses Lake Union to connect the Queen Anne and Fremont neighborhoods. People love to pose alongside the Fremont Troll, a whimsical 18-foot sculpture lurking under the north end of the bridge. On the south end sits Canlis, Seattle's most iconic restaurant, known for its sweeping panoramic views.
- Kobe Bell - 301 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
As the centerpiece of its namesake memorial garden, the Kobe Bell stands as a sign of international friendship. During activities for the 1962 World's Fair, the bell was donated to Seattle by its sister city, Kobe, Japan. In accordance with traditional Japanese style, the Kobe Bell has no clapper. Sounds are produced by clanging a large attached log against the bell's exterior.
- Queen Anne Library - 400 W. Garfield St., Seattle, WA 98119
Dating back to 1913, the majestic Queen Anne Library was built using funds donated by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Plans for the library initially led to bitter infighting within community groups regarding the proposed location. Eventually, they settled on the current spot on W. Garfield St. The Tudor Revival-style building has undergone several updates and renovations, including the addition of five stained glass mural windows in the central reading room. During the most recent remodel in 2007, the entire building was repainted and recarpeted, while technology services and equipment received a major upgrade.
- Wagner Floating Home - 2770 Westlake Ave. N, #10, Seattle, WA 98109
Queen Anne's landmarks aren't restricted to dry land. The Wagner Floating Home is a symbol of a lifestyle seen in a few cities. Originally docked on Lake Washington, the home was towed to its current spot on Lake Union in 1938. Dick Wagner, an architect by trade and passionate sailor, purchased the home in the 1950s. Wagner and his wife Colleen, an accomplished artist, turned their home into the Center for Wooden Boats, a museum documenting the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest. While the CWB has since grown into three other sites, the floating home was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
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