Seattle’s oldest dweller: a pioneer stands tall

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The title of “oldest building” in Seattle goes to the Ward House, a Victorian Gothic gem nestled in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Built in 1882 by George W. Ward, it represents the city’s early development following the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. Originally situated at 1025 Pike Street, the Ward House was later rotated and relocated to its current site.

Despite its move, the house retains its historic character and features decorative trim, arched doorways and a distinctive wraparound porch. Today, the Ward House serves as a reminder of Seattle’s pioneering spirit and the architectural styles of its early years.

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