Harvard-Belmont Landmark District

Located on the west slope of Capitol Hill, the Harvard-Belmont Landmark District is significant to the City of Seattle as a well-preserved, essentially residential neighborhood which retains its individual identity as an area of fine homes built by the city's leading financiers, industrialists, merchants, and businessmen in the early years of the twentieth century.

The combination of urban and almost pastoral qualities, the tree-shaded streets, the several open vistas, and the wooded ravines to the northwest, all create a neighborhood of outstanding and enduring character. In order to recognize, preserve and protect the significant assets of the Harvard-Belmont area, residents initiated the process by which their neighborhood became a preservation district and the Harvard-Belmont Landmark District was approved for designation in 1980.

The Harvard-Belmont Landmark District, situated on the west slope of Capitol Hill above the City's major freeway and representing gracious residential quality in the urban setting, is one such area. The character of the district is defined by a substantial, well- established, and well-maintained residential fabric encompassing both large estates and modest houses, a mix of urban cultural and commercial institutions, within a framework of tree-lined streets, well-maintained grounds, and distinctive natural features.

The topography of the area is typical of those where the first outlying neighborhoods of quality residences were established in Seattle during a decade of rapid growth just after the turn of the century. From the relatively flat eastern boundaries of Broadway East and Harvard Avenue East the land slopes gradually and then more precipitously downward to the west, providing many of the properties with dramatic sites affording views of Lake Union and Queen Anne Hill. The northern boundary is marked by a deep wooded ravine separating the Sam Hill House from the properties around St. Mark's Cathedral. The southern boundary at East Roy Street changes to apartment, institutional, and commercial use and marks the transition to the denser multiple-unit residential area and the commercial shopping strip of Broadway East to the south. Within these boundaries the normally overriding grid system of platting gives way to some diagonal and curving streets that generally conform to the natural contours of the land. H. C. Henry, a railroad builder and a powerful force in Seattle's business community, was the first man of influence to settle in the district. Although his house is now gone, his presence was instrumental in attracting others of like means and ability to the area. During the first decade of the twentieth century merchants, bankers, lawyers, engineers, and then lumber barons, successful businessmen and entrepreneurs built impressive residences along Harvard Avenue East, Belmont Place East and neighboring streets.

In the next two decades some additional large houses were built and some of the existing mansions were sold to equally affluent buyers.

Although many architectural styles are represented in the district, among the buildings of primary significance are a substantial number of residences which exhibit the enduring influence of Richard Norman Shaw. These Shavian houses impart a special quality to the area, a distinctive element which can be found in northern Pacific coast cities (Victoria and Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, Portland). The two Fisher houses on Belmont Place East together with their garage below on Summit Avenue East form a distinctive group of brick and half- timbered dwellings with fine leaded and beveled glass. The M. H. Young House, the C. H. Bacon House, the J. A. Kerr House, and the W. L. Rhodes House are additional examples of the use of brick and half-timbering to evoke the spirit of a romantic medievalism as filtered through the precepts of Shaw.

Other residences display the symmetry of a more classical tradition. The restrained formality of the R. D. Merrill House, the imposing mass of the Chapin-Eddy House relieved by delicate ornamentation, and the strong simple statement of the Brownell-Bloedel House all contribute a sense of solidity and permanence to the district.

Sometimes architects outside the City, such as Charles Al Platte, Hornblower & Marshall, Cutter & Malmgren, and Arthur Bodely, were called upon to satisfy a client's particular wishes. More often local firms with established reputations were commissioned, and works by Carl F. Gould, Somerwell & Cote, Bebb & Mendel, the Beezer Brothers, James H. Schack, Graham & Myers, Blackwell & Baker, and Andrew Willatsen can be found in the district. Interspersed among the mansions of the wealthy bankers, shipbuilders, lumbermen, and merchants are numerous wood frame houses of more modest scale. A few of these were built before 1900, many date from the first decade of the twentieth century, and there are a number of simple residences from the late 1930's and early 1940's.

The 1920's brought the introduction of the Spanish style Hacienda Apartments, the Tudor influenced Anhalt apartment groups, as well as the Cornish School and the Woman's Century Club. These structures, concentrated along the southern and western boundaries of the District, are particularly representative of the Capitol Hill character where a rich mix of architecture, and a successful mix of residential and commercial uses, exists.

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2021 Landmarks Preservation Board Agendas and Minutes

2021 Meeting Schedule | 2021 ARC Meeting Schedule

2020 Landmarks Preservation Board Agendas and Minutes

2020 Meeting Schedule | 2020 ARC Meeting Schedule

January 10, 2020 ARC Agenda

January 15, 2020 | January 15, 2020 Minutes

January 31, 2020 ARC Agenda

February 5, 2020 Agenda | February 5, 2020 Minutes

February 14, 2020 ARC Agenda

February 19, 2020 Agenda | February 19, 2020 Minutes

February 28, 2020 ARC Agenda

March 4, 2020 Agenda | March 4, 2020 Minutes

March 13, 2020 ARC Cancellation

March 18, 2020 - CANCELLED

April 1, 2020 - CANCELLED

April 10, 2020 ARC - CANCELED

April 15, 2020 - CANCELLED

May 1, 2020 ARC - CANCELLED

May 6, 2020 - CANCELLED

May 15, 2020 ARC - CANCELLED

May 20, 2020 - CANCELLED

May 29, 2020 ARC - CANCELLED

June 3, 2020 - CANCELLED 

June 12, 2020 ARC - CANCELLED

June 17, 2020 ARC - CANCELLED

June 26, 2020 ARC - CANCELLED

July 1, 2020 Agenda

July 10, 2020 ARC - CANCELLED

July 15, 2020 Agenda

July 31, 2020 ARC - CANCELLED

August 5, 2020 Agenda 

August 14, 2020 ARC Cancelled

August 19, 2020 Agenda 

August 28, 2020 ARC AgendaIn-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call-in line provided on agenda.

September 2, 2020 Agenda: In-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call-in line provided on agenda.

September 11, 2020 ARC Agenda:  In-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call-in line provided on agenda.

September 16, 2020 AgendaIn-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call-in line provided on agenda.

October 2, 2020 ARC Agenda:  In-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call-in line provided on agenda.

October 7, 2020 AgendaIn-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call-in line provided on agenda.

October 16, 2020 ARC AgendaIn-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call-in line provided on agenda.

October 21, 2020 AgendaIn-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call-in line provided on agenda.

October 30, 2020 ARC AgendaIn-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call-in line provided on agenda.

November 4, 2020 Agenda: In-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call-in line provided on agenda.

November 13, 2020 ARC AgendaIn-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call-in line provided on agenda.

November 18, 2020 Agenda: In-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call-in line provided on agenda.

December 2, 2020 Agenda In-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call-in line provided on agenda.  

2019 Landmarks Preservation Board Agendas and Minutes

2019 Meeting Schedule | 2019 ARC Meeting Schedule

January 2, 2019 Agenda | January 2, 2019 Minutes

January 11, 2019 ARC Agenda

January 16, 2019 Agenda |January 16, 2019 Minutes

February 1, 2019 ARC Agenda

February 6, 2019 Agenda | February 6, 2019 Minutes

February 15, 2019 ARC Agenda  

February 20, 2019 Agenda | February 20, 2019 Minutes

March 1, 2019 ARC Agenda

March 6, 2019 Agenda | March 6, 2019 Minutes

March 15, 2019 ARC Agenda

March 20, 2019 Agenda | March 20, 2019 Minutes

March 29, 2019 ARC Agenda

April 3, 2019 Agenda | April 3, 2019 Minutes

April 12, 2019 ARC Agenda

April 17, 2019 Agenda | April 17, 2019 Minutes

April 26, 2019 ARC Agenda

May 1, 2019 Agenda | May 1, 2019 Minutes

May 10, 2019 ARC Agenda

May 15, 2019 Agenda | May 15, 2019 Minutes

May 31, 2019 ARC Agenda

June 5, 2019 Agenda | June 5, 2019 Minutes

June 14, 2019 ARC Agenda

June 19, 2019 Agenda | June 19, 2019 Minutes

June 28, 2019 ARC Agenda

July 3, 2019 No Meeting

July 12, 2019 ARC Agenda

July 17, 2019 Agenda | July 17, 2019 Minutes

August 2, 2019 ARC Agenda

August 7, 2019 Agenda | August 7, 2019 Minutes

August 16, 2019 ARC Agenda

August 21, 2019 Agenda | August 21, 2019 Minutes

September 4, 2019 Agenda | September 4, 2019 Minutes

September 13, 2019 ARC Agenda

September 18, 2019 Agenda | September 18, 2019 Minutes

September 27, 2019 ARC Agenda

October 2, 2019 Agenda | October 2, 2019 Minutes

October 4, 2019 ARC Agenda

October 16, 2019 Agenda | October 16, 2019 Minutes

November 1, 2019 ARC Agenda

November 6, 2019 Agenda | November 6, 2019 Minutes

November 15, 2019 ARC Agenda 

November 20, 2019 Agenda | November 20, 2019 Minutes

December 4, 2019 Agenda |

December 13, 2019 ARC Agenda

December 18, 2019 Agenda |

2018 Landmarks Preservation Board Agendas and Minutes

2018 Meeting Schedule | 2018 ARC Meeting Schedule

January 3, 2018 Agenda | January 3, 2018 Minutes

January 12, 2018 ARC Agenda

January 17, 2018 Agenda | January 17, Minutes

February 2, 2018 ARC Agenda

February 7, 2018 Agenda | February 7, 2018 Minutes

February 16, 2018 ARC Agenda

February 21, 2018 Agenda | February 21, 2018 Minutes

March 2, 2018 ARC Agenda

March 7, 2018 Agenda | March 7, 2018 Minutes

March 16, 2018 ARC Agenda

March 21, 2018 Agenda | March 21, 2018 Minutes

March 30, 2018 ARC Agenda

April 4, 2018 Agenda | April 4, 2018 Minutes

April 13, 2018 ARC Agenda

April 18, 2018 Agenda | April 18, 2018 Minutes

April 27, 2018 ARC Agenda

May 2, 2018 AgendaMay 2, 2018 Minutes

May 11, 2018 ARC Agenda

May 16, 2018 Agenda | May 16, 2018 Minutes

June 1, 2018 ARC Agenda

June 6, 2018 Agenda | June 6, 2018 Minutes

June 15, 2018 ARC Agenda

June 26, 2018 Agenda | June 26, 2018 Minutes

June 29, 2018 ARC Agenda

July 13, 2018 ARC Agenda

July 18, 2018 Agenda | July 18, 2018 Minutes

August 1, 2018 Agenda | August 1, 2018 Minutes

August 10, 2018 ARC Agenda

August 15, 2018 Agenda | August 15, 2018 Minutes

August 31, 2018 ARC Agenda

September 5, 2018 Agenda | September 5, 2018 Minutes

September 14, 2018 ARC Agenda

September 19, 2018 Agenda | September 19, 2018 Minutes

September 28, 2018 ARC Agenda

October 3, 2018 Agenda | October 3, 2018 Minutes

October 12, 2018 ARC Agenda

October 17, 2018 Agenda | October 17, 2018 Minutes

November 2, 2018 ARC Agenda

November 7, 2018 Agenda | November 7, 2018 Minutes

November 16, 2018 ARC Agenda

November 21, 2018 Agenda | November 21, 2018 Minutes

Novermber 30, 2018 ARC Agenda

December 5, 2018 Agenda | December 5, 2018 Minutes

December 14, 2018 ARC Agenda

December 19, 2018 Agenda | December 19, 2018 Minutes

2017 Landmarks Preservation Board Agendas and Minutes

2017 Meeting Schedule | 2017 ARC Meeting  Schedule

January 4, 2017 Agenda | January 4, 2017 Minutes

January 18, 2017 Agenda | January 18, 2017 Minutes

January 13, 2017 ARC Agenda 

January 27, 2017 ARC Agenda 

February 1, 2017 Agenda | February 1, 2017 Minutes

February 10, 2017 ARC Agenda

February 15, 2017 Agenda | February 15, 2017 Minutes

February 24, 2017 ARC Agenda

March 1, 2017 Agenda | March 1, 2017 Minutes

March 10, 2017 ARC Agenda

March 15, 2017 Agenda | March 15, 2017 Minutes

March 31, 2017 ARC Agenda

April 5, 2017 Agenda | April 5, 2017 Minutes

April 14, 2017 ARC Agenda

April 19, 2017 Agenda | April 19, 2017 Minutes

May 3, 2017 Agenda | May 3, 2017 Minutes

May 17, 2017 Agenda | May 17, 2017 Minutes

June 2, 2017 ARC Agenda

June 7, 2017 Agenda | June 7, 2017 Minutes

June 16, 2017 ARC Agenda

June 21, 2017 Agenda | June 21, 2017 Minutes

June 30, 2017 ARC Agenda

July 5, 2017 Agenda | July 5, 2017 Minutes

July 14, 2017 ARC Agenda

July 19, 2017 Agenda | July 19, 2017 Minutes

July 28, 2017 ARC Agenda

August 2, 2017 Agenda | August 2, 2017 Minutes

August 16, 2017 Agenda| August 16, 2017 Minutes

September 1, 2017 ARC Agenda

September 6, 2017 Agenda | September 6, 2017 Minutes

September 15, 2017 ARC Agenda

September 20, 2017 Agenda | September 20, 2017 Minutes

September 29, 2017 ARC Agenda

October 4, 2017 Agenda | October 4, 2017 Minutes

October 13, 2017 ARC Agenda

October 18, 2017 Agenda | October 18, 2017 Minutes

October 27, 2017 ARC Agenda

November 1, 2017 Agenda | November 1, 2017 Minutes

November 9, 2017 ARC Agenda

November 15, 2017 Agenda | November 15, 2017 Minutes

December 1, 2017 ARC Agenda

December 6, 2017 Agenda |

December 20, 2017 Agenda |

2016 Landmarks Preservation Board Agenda and Minutes

January 6, 2016 Agenda | January 6, 2016 Minutes

January 15, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee

January 20, 2016 Agenda | January 20, 2016 Minutes

January 29, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee

February 3, 2016 Agenda | February 3, 2016 Minutes

February 12, 2016 Agenda Archtiectural Review Committee

February 17, 2016 Agenda |February 17, 2016 Minutes

February 26, 2016 Agenda ARC

March 2, 2016 Agenda | March 2, 2016 Minutes

March 11, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee   NOTE LOCATION CHANGE

March 16, 2016 Agenda | March 16, 2016 Minutes

March 25, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee

April 6, 2016 Agenda | April 6, 2016 Minutes

April 15, 2016 Agenda ARC

April 20, 2016 Agenda | April 20, 2016 Minutes

May 4, 2016 Agenda | May 4, 2016 Minutes

May 13, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee

May 18, 2016 Agenda | May 18, 2016 Minutes

May 27, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee

June 1, 2016 Agenda | June 1, 2016 Minutes

June 10, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee

June 15, 2016 Agenda | June 15, 2016 Minutes

June 24, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee NOTE LOCATION

July 6, 2016 Agenda | July 6, 2016 Minutes

July 20, 2016 Agenda | July 20, 2016 Minutes

July 29, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee

August 3, 2016 Agenda | August 3, 2016 Minutes

August 12, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee

August 17, 2016 Agenda | August 17, 2016 Minutes

September 2, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee

September 7, 2016 Agenda REVISED | September 7, 2016 Minutes

September 16, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee - Revised

September 21, 2016 Agenda | September 21, 2016 Minutes

September 30, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee NOTE LOCATION

October 5, 2016 Agenda | October 5, 2016 Minutes

October 14, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee

October 19, 2016 Agenda | October 19, 2016 Minutes

October 28, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee

November 8, 2016 Meeting Cancellation Notice

November 16, 2016 Agenda | November 16, 2016 Minutes

December 2, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee

December 7, 2016 Agenda | December 7, 2016 Minutes

December 16, 2016 Agenda Architectural Review Committee

2015 Landmarks Preservation Board Agendas and Minutes

January 7, 2015 Agenda | January 7, 2015 Minutes

January 21, 2015 Agenda | January 21, 2015 Minutes

February 5, 2015 Agenda | February 5, 2015 Minutes

 February 18, 2015 Agenda | February 18, 2015 Minutes

 March 4, 2015 Agenda | March 4, 2015 Minutes

March 18, 2015 Agenda | March 18, 2015 Minutes

April 1, 2015 Agenda | April 1, 2015 Minutes

April 10, 2015 Agenda - Architectural Review Committee

April 15, 2015 Agenda | April 15, 2015 Minutes

May 1, 2015 Agenda - Architectural Review Committee

May 6, 2015 Agenda | May 6, 2015 Minutes

May 20, 2015 Agenda | May 20, 2015 Minutes

May 29, 2015 Agenda - Architectural Review Committee

June 3, 2015 Agenda | June 3, 2015 Minutes

June 12, 2015 Agenda - Architectural Review Committee

June 17, 2015 Agenda | June 17, 2015 Minutes

June 26, 2015 Agenda - Architectural Review Committee

July 1, 2015 Agenda | July 1, 2015 Minutes

July 15, 2015 Agenda | July 15, 2015 Minutes

July 31, 2015 Agenda | Architectural Review Committee

August 5, 2015 Agenda | August 5, 2015 Minutes

August 14, 2015 Agenda | Architectural Review Committee

August 19, 2015 Agenda | August 19, 2015 Minutes

August 28, 2015 Agenda | Architectural Review Committee

September 2, 2015 Agenda | September 2, 2015 Minutes

September 11, 2015 Agenda | Architectural Review Committee

September 16, 2015 Agenda | September 16, 2015 Minutes

October 2, 2015 Agenda | Architectural Review Committee

October 7, 2015 Agenda | October 7, 2015 Minutes

October 16, 2015 Agenda | Architectural Review Committee

October 21, 2015 Agenda | October 21, 2015 Minutes

October 30, 2015 Agenda | Architectural Review Committee

November 4, 2015 Agenda | November 4, 2015 Minutes

November 13, 2015 Agenda | Architectural Review Committee

November 18, 2015 Agenda | November 18, 2015 Minutes

December 2, 2015 Agenda | December 2, 2015 Minutes

December 11, 2015 Agenda | Architectural Review Committee

December 16, 2015 Agenda | December 16, 2015 Minutes


2014 Landmark Preservation Board Agendas and Minutes

November 5, 2014 Agenda | November 5, 2014 Minutes

November 19, 2014 Agenda | November 19, 2014 Minutes

December 3, 2014 Agenda | December 3, 2014 Minutes

December 17, 2014 Agenda | December 17, 2014 Minutes

» Archived Landmarks Preservation Board Agendas and Minutes


Certificate of Approval must be issued before changes can be made to individually designated City Landmarks or to properties within the City's eight historic districts

Refer to the District Guidelines and other relevant resources for information regarding design standards and other considerations.

Please consult the Guide to Acing the Certificate of Approval Process before starting the online application process.

A Certificate of Approval issued by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board is required prior to the issuance of any building, demolition, street use, or other permits for proposed work within the district that is visible from a public right-of-way. This includes:

  • Exterior alterations or additions to any structure,
  • New construction, and
  • Addition or removal of major landscape and site elements such as retaining walls, gateways, trees or driveways.

1. What is the Harvard-Belmont Landmark District?

Designation as a landmark district helps ensure the preservation of this special mix of urban cultural and commercial institutions within a framework of tree-lined streets, well-maintained grounds, and distinctive natural features. More than half of the buildings within district boundaries date from the first decade of the century. The lively eclecticism and high quality of its houses, mostly constructed between 1905 and 1910, give the district an architectural integrity and visual continuity, while the history of the commercially venturesome and socially prominent families who settled there imparts a sense of Seattle's most dynamic period of growth. A second surge of building activity in the 1920s brought distinctive apartment groups and important institutional buildings to the southern edge of the district, which nonetheless retained its essentially residential character. The area today remains a prestigious neighborhood of well-maintained homes, carefully tended gardens, tree-shaded streets, open vistas, and picturesque natural features.