Pioneer Square Historical District
Pioneer Square marks Seattle's original downtown, dating
back to 1852. Rebuilt after the devastating "Great Fire" of 1889, the district is
characterized by late nineteenth century brick and stone buildings and one of the
nation's best surviving collections of Romanesque Revival style urban architecture.
Established as both a National historic district and a local preservation district
in 1970, Pioneer Square is protected by an ordinance and design guidelines focused
on preserving its unique historic and architectural character, assuring the sensitive
rehabilitation of buildings, promoting development of residential uses for all income
levels, and enhancing the district's economic climate for residents, employers,
workers, and visitors. This section reviews Pioneer Square's history; answers to
frequently asked questions; Pioneer Square Preservation Board guidelines, printable
PDF application form, schedule and agenda.