Historic Seattle Restores 1907 House

Posted on: December 5th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

Dearborn House, SeattleOn Sunday, a Seattle preservation group celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Dearborn House, which it has restored as its offices.

Historic Seattle bought the Henry H. Dearborn House 10 years ago, thanks to a large donation. The exterior was restored in 2003 with a grant from the Washington State Historical Society Heritage Fund.

Last year Historic Seattle began the interior work, removing false ceilings and replacing original doors and windows in the National Register-listed building, which became a city landmark in May.

"Historic Seattle is thrilled to be the steward of the 100-year-old Dearborn House, and we expect to be here another 100 years," says Christine Palmer, preservation advocate at Historic Seattle. "We enjoy being the custodian of one of the last residences of the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle."

Named for Henry Dearborn, a Seattle developer, the foursquare had been converted to medical offices and a beauty shop in 1953.

Next year the city-chartered group plans to open a research center in the basement of the house.

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