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Kristine A Kenney, ASLA, LEED AP

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Phone: 206 685-6430

Email: kkenney@uw.edu

UW Campus Plans Chronology

1891 Boone and Willcox Plan
In 1891, the two-year-old State of Washington Legislature passed an appropriations bill to buy 160 acres of land on Union Bay, with views of both Lake Union and Lake Washington. The UW Land and Buildings Committee commissioned the dean of Seattle's architects, William E. Boone (1830-1921), to draw up a campus master plan. Boone's plan positioned five buildings along a curve facing Lake Washington on what would be land later occupied by the UW Hospital and the Athletic Department. Bids proved too high for its realization, and was quickly forgotten. Additional Information

Title: "The University that Never Was--The 1891 Boone and Willcox Plan for the University of Washington"
Author: Ochsner, JK
Is Part Of: Pacific Northwest Quarterly, 1999, Vol.90(2), pp.59-67 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

1898 Fuller or Oval Plan
Plan developed by the UW Civil Engineering Professor, Albert H. Fuller (b. 1870) for the northern area of the UW Campus. It was a simple oval street on which five campus buildings were placed on the exterior.

1903-1904 Olmsted Plan #1
The UW hired the prestigious landscape architecture firm, The Olmsted Brothers, of Brookline, MA, to devise a comprehensive plan for the campus. It was done in concert with the firm's 1903 Seattle Parks Plan created for the City of Seattle. This insular plan, not focused on the magnificent mountains or lakes, was never pursued. The University had an opportunity to host the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and the Olmsted Brothers were brought back to replan the fair's site.

1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Plan (Olmsted Plan #2)
The Olmsteds conceived the plan to reuse  many fair buildings as later UW halls.

Title: "The UW Campus: The Miracle at 15th and 45th"
Author: Norman J. Johnston
University of Washington. Alumni Association. ; TVW (Television station : Olympia, Wash.)
Subjects: University of Washington -- History ; University of Washington -- Buildings ; Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909 : Seattle, Wash.)--History ; College campuses -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- History ; Filmed lectures ; Nonfiction television programs ; Television programs -- United States
Description: One of five lectures from the UW Alumni Association series on UW history. Architecture Professor Emeritus Norman Johnston, '42, covers the evolution of the UW campus, and how the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition & other events shaped the University of Washington of today.
Lecture title spoken by Professor Johnston.
"UW Alumni Association 2004 fall lecture series."
DVD-R, NTSC.
Publisher: Olympia, Wash. : TVW
Creation Date: 2009
Format: 1 videodisc (ca. 89 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 cm.

1914 Olmsted Plan #3
The UW asked the Olmsteds back once more in 1911 to provide direction on campus progress since the fair. This plan was discretely scuttled by a triumvirate of faculty and a regent, so as to cause the university and the distinguished firm as little bad publicity as possible.

1915 Bebb and Gould Plan
The Seattle architectural firm Bebb & Gould, itself formed only in 1914, was commissioned by the UW to provide a campus plan that would direct imminent state capital improvements. Many academic buildings were built from 1915-1940, and this document proved to be the most influential until World War II. Additional Information

Title: The Fountain & the Mountain : the University of Washington Campus in Seattle
Author: Norman J. Johnston
Subjects: University of Washington -- History ; University of Washington -- Guidebooks
Description: Founding of the university -- The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition -- Suzzallo's "University of a thousand years" -- The postwar campus evolution and Charles E. Odegaard -- William P. Gerberding and the politics of growth -- Richard L. McCormick and the twenty-first century -- North campus -- Central campus -- South campus.
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Documentary Media, LLC, and University of Washington
Creation Date: 2003
Edition: 2nd ed..
Format: 176 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 35 cm.

Locations: Built Environments Library  Closed Stacks  LD5753 .J64 2003          
Odegaard Undergraduate Library  Reference  LD5753 .J64 2003 

1936 Olmsted UW Arboretum Plan
Title: General plan for the University of Washington Arboretum, Seattle, Washington
Author: Olmsted Associates.
Subjects: Washington Park Arboretum -- Maps ; Arboretums -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Maps ; Maps
Description: North oriented to left.
"March 1936."
Scale 1:375.
Publisher: Brookline, Mass. : Olmsted Bros.
Creation Date: 1936

Locations: Suzzallo and Allen Libraries  Maps Historic Map Cases  G4284.S4:2W37 1936 .O41          
Suzzallo and Allen Libraries  Special Collections Map  G4284.S4:2W37 1936 .O41 

1940 History of Campus Plans
Title: The history of the development of the present campus plan for the University of Washington,
Author: University of Washington.
John Paul Jones
Subjects: Washington State University ; University of Washington -- History ; Campus planning -- Washington (State) -- Seattle
Description: On cover: Campus plans, 1861-1940.
Publisher: Seattle
Creation Date: 1940
Format: [37] p. ill., table (folded) diagrs.

Locations: Suzzallo and Allen Libraries  Special Collections Pacific NW  LB3218.W3 U55 1940         
Built Environments Library  Storage  378.73 W27j        
Built Environments Library  NW Reference  LB3218.W3 U55 1940         
Suzzallo and Allen Libraries  Auxiliary Stacks  378.73 W27j          
Suzzallo and Allen Libraries  Special Collections Ref Wall  LB3218.W3 U55 1940          
Suzzallo and Allen Libraries  Stacks  LB3218.W3 U55 1940     

1959 Campus Map
Title: University of Washington, plan of present campus
Author: University of Washington.
Subjects: University of Washington -- Maps
Description: Blue line print.
Includes index of buildings.
Scale [ca. 1:2,400].
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : University of Washington
Creation Date: 1959
Format: 1 map : photocopy ; 87 x 122 cm..

Location: Suzzallo and Allen Libraries   Maps Historic Map Cases   G4284.S4:2U5 1959 .U5 

1964 South Campus Plan
Title: University of Washington 1964 South Campus Plan
Author: Naramore, Bain, Brady & Johanson.
Subjects: University of Washington ; Campus planning -- Washington (State) -- Seattle ; College facilities -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Planning
Description: Cover title.Publisher: S.l. : s.n.
Creation Date: 1964
Format: 119 p. : ill., plans ; 24 x 31 cm.

Locations: Built Environments Library  General Stacks  LB3223.4.W3 N37         
Suzzallo and Allen Libraries  Special Collections Pacific NW  LB3223.4.W3 N37      

1993 Southwest Campus Plan
Title: University of Washington Southwest Campus plan : a supplement to the 1991-2001 General physical development plan.
Uniform Title: Southwest Campus plan
Author: University of Washington. Facility Management Office. ; University of Washington. Facility Management Office.
Subjects: University of Washington -- Planning ; Campus planning -- Washington (State) -- Seattle ; College facilities -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Planning
Description: "April 5, 1993."
"The Southwest campus plan was prepared by the University of Washington Facility Management Office ..."--Pref.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : University of Washington
Creation Date: 1993
Format: iv, 57 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.

Locations: Built Environments Library  General Stacks  LD5755.S68 U55 1993       
Suzzallo and Allen Libraries  Gov Pubs Stacks  LD5755.S68 U55 1993        

2001 University of Washington Master Plan Seattle Campus 2002-2012
Title: Final environmental impact statement for the University of Washington master plan Seattle campusUniform Title: Final environmental impact statement, September 2001 : University of Washington master plan Seattle campus 2002-2012
University of Washington master plan Seattle campus final EIS
Author: University of Washington. Capital Projects Office.
Subjects: University of Washington ; University of Washington -- Buildings -- Environmental aspects ; Environmental impact statements -- Washington (State) -- Seattle ; Campus planning -- Environmental aspects -- Washington (State) -- Seattle
Description: "Date of Final EIS issuance September 10, 2001."
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : The Office
Creation Date: 2001
Format: 2 v. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 28 cm.

2003 Campus Master Plan

2018 Campus Master Plan

Annual Reports on the University of Washington Master Plan, Seattle Campus