About the project
After being removed during Seawall construction, crews recently reinstalled the historic Washington Street Boat Landing (WSBL) Pergola in its permanent home in Pioneer Square. Crews will be completing final restoration work in the next few months.
The Pergola has been an important piece of Seattle's waterfront since the early 20th century and serves as a symbolic gateway to the city from the Puget Sound. The historic structure was stored at the Port of Seattle's Terminal 25 during Seawall construction.
The Pergola will remain closed to the public during nearby construction for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program and future Waterfront Seattle roadway and promenade construction. When the new Alaskan Way and promenade are complete, the City will reopen the restored Pergola.
The Pergola restoration includes new lighting, heating and facilities to support food concessions, casting and replacing missing historic ornamentation, restoring the historic office, and updating the structure to meet seismic standards. The Pergola is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A Historic PUBLIC SPACE
Built in 1920 to house the Seattle Harbor Master, the Pergola served many official uses until the mid-1970s. It was a landing for local ferries and ocean-going ships, headquarters for the Seattle Harbor Patrol and a departure point for the US Navy.
History on the move
In February 2014, the Pergola was moved into storage to protect the historic structure during Seawall construction. While in storage, crews began historic restoration of the Pergola. Check out our videos of the Pergola's journey.
Related documents and links:
- Washington Street Boat Landing Pergola project information
- Washington Street Boat Landing Pergola Restoration project – September 2016 (PDF, 5 MB)
- Washington Street Boat Landing Pergola restoration design rendering (PDF, 43 KB)
- Washington Street Boat Landing Pergola restoration night rendering (PDF, 736 KB)