Wallingford Center

Project Description

24 studio and one-bedroom apartments
2 lower floors of commercial and retail shops
Variety of interior and exterior community-oriented areas

Client: Wallingford Limited Partnership
Contractor: The Leary Construction Company


  • 1990 Award “Neighborhood Designs That Work” from the Seattle Design Commission
  • 1986 Award for Outstanding Merit from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 1986 Associated General Contractor’s Award for Design & Construction Excellence

Wallingford Center was a pioneering effort of the City of Seattle and the Seattle School District to adaptively re-use the original Interlake Public School – a Seattle Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The three-story wood-framed structure in the heart of the Wallingford commercial district is a private development converting the 53,000 square foot former elementary school into a mixed-use complex. The financing utilized the 25% Historic Tax Credit program through the National Park Service.

The project had many special technical constraints resulting from the alteration of the existing building to accommodate all the new uses, and the strict code requirements for exiting, fire, and structural safety. Proposed design changes were carefully considered to insure that any elements which were deleted or added maintained and promoted the historic integrity of the building.