Apr 10, 2024 - News

Where we were: Queen Anne High School

A photo of a large and elegant former school in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.

After closing in the '80s, the hulking Queen Anne High School now houses 139 residential units. Photo: Megan Burbank/Axios

Last week, we posted a photo of a stone lion and asked where we were. Most of you got it right: We were at Queen Anne High School.

Zoom in: Built in 1909 in the neoclassical style, the building appears in aerial establishing shots on "Grey's Anatomy" and is visible from I-5 and Highway 99 — especially at night, when its facade is lit up like a crown.

  • The lion was a fake-out: While two felines do flank the entrance, the school's mascot was actually a grizzly bear. Across the street, students flocked to the (now-shuttered) Grizzly Inn for burgers and sodas.
  • As enrollment declined, the school closed in 1981.
  • It's now the site of 139 housing units, with John Hay Elementary School across the street.
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