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Street Directional Designations

Seattle changed the directional scheme for street names by Ordinance 89910 in 1961. Older documents, including modern indexes to them such as the Seattle Municipal Archives photograph index, often use the directional designations in effect at the time the documents were created. Use the maps on this page to translate this information to modern directional designations.

City of Seattle pre-1961 street directional designation map City of Seattle post-1961 street directional designation map

Municipal Archives, City Clerk

Anne Frantilla, City Archivist
Address: 600 Fourth Avenue, Third Floor, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94728, Seattle, WA, 98124-4728
Phone: (206) 684-8353
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