Fort Lawton Historic District Seattle, Washington
The Fort Lawton Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in the late 1970s after the City of Seattle acquired the fort from the federal government. The property was designated a city landmark in 1988. BOLA updated local and NRHP nomination documents in 2009, and recommended changes to district boundaries with inclusion of 26 historic residences.
In 2010, BOLA assisted the City’s Historic Preservation Office in establishing design guidelines for the historic district. Working with the City's designated developer, BOLA also created rehabilitation designs for the exteriors of the historic residences. These included restoration of roofs, siding and porches, exterior painting, new windows and infill additions for the twelve wood-framed duplexes and two single-family houses, as well as seven new garages. The designs were reviewed and approved by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board.
Fort Lawton, Seattle’s only Army post, was established in the early 20th century on Magnolia Bluff. During World War II the fort was the second-largest port of embarkation on the West Coast. The Fort Lawton Historic District presently covers over 59 acres, contains 29 buildings, several of which are organized around a large parade ground, and is situated within Discovery Park. Its historical significance derives from its strong association with the development of Seattle. The district is architecturally noteworthy for its historic military fort layout and building designs.