Capitol Hill

In Seattle, Washington, the United States, Capitol Hill is a heavily populated residential region. It is home to a historic homosexual village and a vibrant counterculture subculture, making it one of the city’s most popular nightlife and entertainment districts.

Geographical Features

Capitol Hill is the most famous steep hill located in the east of the Seattle’s core firm centre. It is bordered on the top west side by Interstate 5 (beyond which are Cascade, Eastlake, and Downtown), on the north by Interlaken and Park State Route 520 (beyond which are Montlake and Portage Bay), on the extreme south by E. Madison and E. Pike Streets (beyond which are the Central District and First Hill), and on the extreme east by 23rd and 24th Avenues E., near Madison Valley.

Broadway, the district’s firm hub, is Capitol Hill’s primary thoroughfare. 10th, 12th, 15th, and 19th Avenues all run from north to south, as do E. Pike, E. Pine, E. John, E. Aloha Streets, E. Thomas, and, E. Olive Way, which runs from east to west. Large sections of E. Pine Street, E. Pike Street, Broadway, E. Olive Way and 15th Avenue are lined with street-level retail almost in a continuous way. From Boren Avenue to 15th Street, the Pike-Pine corridor (the area between Pine streets and Pike) is another famous road in Capitol Hill, with bars, coffeeshops, restaurants, and other music and food companies. The neighbourhood is dominated by mid-rise buildings that house a good range of businesses.

Volunteer Park, near to the water tower, is the highest point on Capitol Hill, at up to 444.5 feet or 135.5 m above sea level. Half of Seattle’s 12 steepest street grades are found on Capitol Hill: 21% on E. Roy Street between 25th and 26th Avenues E. or eastern slope, 19% on Broadway E. (western slope), E. Boston Street between Harvard Avenue E. and E. Ward Street between 25th and 26th Avenues E. (eastern slope), and 18% on E. Highland Drive between E. Lee Street between 24th (western slope) and 24th and 25th Avenues E. (eastern slope)


Capitol Hill was situated on the ‘Broadway Hill’ in 1900s after the neighborhood’s principal street. The name was given by James A. Moore, a property developer who discovered much of the area, in the hopes that the Washington State Capitol would relocate from Seattle to Olympia. Moore is named after the Capitol Hill neighbourhood of Colorado, Denver, where his wife grew up. Both stories, of the author Jacqueline Williams, are most likely accurate. In the 1980s, the neighbourhood was known as Catholic Hill because of its Roman Catholic population.

The “Millionaire’s Row” and Harvard-Belmont Landmark District along 14th Avenue E. south of Volunteer Park (family properties on tree-lined roads) are two of Seattle’s wealthiest places. Many homes, including some by Fred Anhalt, as well as a few Classical Revival complexes, like the Blackstone Apartments, are still available in the neighbourhood. So in this 21st century Seattle is becoming the best place for dwelling.

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