Georgetown Steam Plant

The Georgetown Steam Plant is a National Historic Landmark - a reminder of the era of electrification when industry was first attracted to Seattle by its inexpensive hydroelectric power and electric trolley car system. It is also a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, a Seattle Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1906-1907 by the Seattle Electric Company on 18 acres of land along the Duwamish River, it was once at the center of the rapidly growing Georgetown neighborhood.

The plant's two vertical Curtis Turbines helped establish the steam turbine as capable of producing large amounts of power, more cheaply and efficiently than other generators at the time.

Today, tours and open houses are available at no charge for anyone wanting to learn more about Seattle's energy history.

Georgetown Steam Plant, shown from the outside and the inside with a tour group

Free Guided Tours

Nov. 2020 Update

The Georgetown Steam Plant is currently closed to the public to accommodate the installation of a new roof. The closure is expected to last through February 2021. Please watch this space for further updates and we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the plant soon.

We offer public open houses on the second Saturday of every month at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, with free guided tours at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

  • Admission is free
  • No reservations required (for groups of 15 or more or to schedule a private tour for your group, please call (206) 763-2542)
  • Parking is limited on-site
  • Bags, backpacks, purses, and packages larger than 11"x17"x8" are not allowed inside
  • The only access to the 2nd floor of the Steam Plant is via a steep flight of stairs (to request special assistance, please speak to one of our staff)
  • There are no indoor restroom facilities at the Plant, but an ADA-accessible Honey Bucket is available on the grounds of the facility

Location:

The Georgetown Steam Plant is located at 6605 13th Ave. South, Seattle - adjacent to Boeing Field/King County International Airport. Directions driving south on Interstate 5:

  1. Take Exit 161, Albro Place. Turn right onto S Albro Pl
  2. S Albro Pl turns into Ellis Ave S
  3. Turn left onto S Warsaw St

Note: We recommend not using Google Maps or GPS as they are not accurate for this location.

Get a Sneak Preview

To enhance your visit - or if you can't join us in person - get an inside view of the history and engineering of the Georgetown Steam Plant:

Contact Us

Reservations are not required. If you need to make special arrangements for large groups or would like to receive updates for special events, contact us at (206) 763-2542 or email scl_georgetownsteamplant@seattle.gov.