Historic Queen Anne Photos

Seattle Children's Home, 1933

Photo from the collection of the Museum of History and Industry

"In 1890 the Ladies' Relief Society, a group of Seattle women who worked for social causes, purchased property on Queen Anne Hill for a large orphanage. The city's explosive growth had also brought about a need for increased social services. The Seattle Children's Home opened in 1905 at Tenth Avenue W. and W. McGraw Street. The home accepted not only orphaned children, but also those whose parents were not able to provide for them. Many children stayed only a few months, and it was not unusual for more than 100 youngsters to live at the home during any single year. In 1932 the old building was replaced by a new fireproof brick structure, as seen in this photo."

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