Capitol Hill Community Info –
Old Seattle charm, thriving urban center. Capitol Hill is a unique counter-culture area and music and art are prominent cornerstones of the community—with clubs, restaurants, the Internationally renowned Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), bookstores and galleries found throughout the neighborhood. During the academic year, Capitol Hill is filled with backpacking students who go to one of the nearby major institutions of higher learning—Seattle Central Community College, the nationally acclaimed Cornish College of the Arts, and nearby Seattle University. The popular Capitol Hill station of the Seattle Light Rail system offers convenient access to downtown Seattle and connected neighborhoods beyond. Check out these recent Seattle Times articles about Capitol Hill, First Hill and Seattle’s Central District.
There has been a trend of tearing down old homes to make way for condos. This has been quite unfortunate due to Capitol Hill’s architecturally significant buildings and homes. You’ll find mansions with Victorian or Craftsman accents, Fredrick Anhalt designed apartments with Tudor influences and central courtyards, and the Seattle Box style homes of a bygone era. Millionaire’s Row—along 14th Ave E near the South entrance of Volunteer Park—features prominent early Seattle homes, many with lovely vistas. The well-preserved Harvard-Belmont Landmark District is located on the west slope of Capitol Hill with its early 1900-built homes that once housed Seattle’s leading financiers, industrialists, merchants, and businessmen.