Ward House (Seattle)

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Ward House
Seattle - Ward House 04.jpg
Ward House, 2007
Location520 E. Denny Way
Seattle, Washington
Architectural styleVictorian
NRHP reference #72001277
Significant dates
Added to NRHP16 March 1972
Designated SEATL13 December 1976[1]

The Ward House is a house on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington, USA. Having been built in 1882, it is one of the oldest houses in Seattle. Existing houses reportedly built before 1882 in Seattle include the 2629 East Aloha Street (1881), 727 28th Avenue (1870) and Maynard's House located at 3045 64th Avenue Southwest (approximately 1860 ± 2 years).[2]

The building, originally at 1427 Boren Avenue, was designed, built and originally owned by George W. Ward. In 1962, the architect Victor Steinbrueck wrote of it, "…this fanciful example of residential Victorian carpenter Gothic, one of the most interesting and apparently sound of the rare few remaining… could be made delightfully attractive by sympathetic preservation…"[3]

Nonetheless, it became vacant in 1974 and was scheduled for demolition in the mid-1980s. The owners, Dr. and Mrs. Michael Buckley, donated the structure to Historic Seattle, a nonprofit architectural preservation organization chartered as a public development authority by the city. Historic Seattle in turn sold it to David Leen, a local lawyer, for $7,500. On 6 April 1986, Leen moved the Ward House from its First Hill lot on Boren Avenue between Union and Pike Streets to its current location at the corner of E. Denny Way and Belmont Avenue E. Leen worked to restore the building using fixtures and furniture from the original time period. The building was occupied by Leen's law office, as well as several other solo practices, until 2016. It is now owned and occupied by Tola Capital, LLC, who have since modernized the interior fixtures and décor, and opted to repaint the exterior, leading to some controversial opinions throughout the community.

Besides being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is also an official City of Seattle landmark.[4]


  1. ^ "Landmarks List". City of Seattle: Department of Neighborhoods. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  2. ^ Historical Sites, Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle. Accessed 24 October, 2011.
    - Historical Sites, Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle. Accessed 25 October 2011.
    - "Preserving our unique Northwest neighborhoods is everybody's business", The Seattle Times, 11 January 2009. Accessed 25 October 2011.
  3. ^ Victor Steinbrueck, Seattle Cityscape, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1962, p. 65.
  4. ^ Landmarks Alphabetical Listing for W, Individual Landmarks, Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle. Accessed 28 December 2007.

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Coordinates: 47°37′07″N 122°19′27″W / 47.6186°N 122.3242°W / 47.6186; -122.3242