North Admiral, Seattle

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North Admiral
Downtown Seattle as seen from West Seattle
Downtown Seattle as seen from West Seattle
Map of West Seattle's location in Seattle
Map of West Seattle's location in Seattle
Coordinates: 47°35′08″N 122°23′05″W / 47.5855°N 122.3847°W / 47.5855; -122.3847Coordinates: 47°35′08″N 122°23′05″W / 47.5855°N 122.3847°W / 47.5855; -122.3847
The nautically themed Admiral Theater in North Admiral is on the National Register of Historic Places.

North Admiral (or simply the Admiral District) is the oldest neighborhood in West Seattle, Washington. In the early 1900s, it was connected to Seattle by ferries and a cable car. These ferries included the paddle steamers City of Seattle and West Seattle.[1]

The North Admiral district is the location of West Seattle High School, which is adjacent to Hiawatha Playfields and Community Center, the oldest community center west of the Mississippi. [2] North Admiral is also home to Schmitz Preserve Park, 53.1 acres of old-growth forest traversed by 1.7 miles of hiking trails.[3][4] The neighborhood name implies that it is at the north end of Admiral Way S.W.; however, Admiral Way runs east and west and crosses California Avenue S.W. north of the major junction at S.W. Alaska Street and California. Thus the name North Admiral combines the orientation to The Junction with the name of the main cross street.

The population of the area is approximately 22,241, based on the estimates of the U.S. Census.[5]


  1. ^ Kline and Bayless, Ferryboats, pp 5–8.
  2. ^ "Hiawatha Community Center - Parksv".
  3. ^ Martinez, Ray (November 11, 2006). "North Admiral — the historic heart of West Seattle". The Seattle Times.
  4. ^ "Schmitz Preserve Park — Washington Trails Association".
  5. ^ "98116 zip code data". Retrieved 18 July 2019.


  • Kline, Mary S., and Bayless, G.A., Ferryboats – A Legend on Puget Sound, Bayless Books, Seattle 1983 ISBN 0-914515-00-4

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