University in U District

University of Washington

Founded in 1861, Seattle's university is almost as old as the city itself and is highly ranked worldwide (the prestigious Times Higher Education magazine listed it 32nd in the world in 2016). The college was origina…
Landmark in U District

Suzzallo Library

The architecturally minded will be interested in the University of Washington’s Suzzallo Library. Designed by Carl Gould in 1926, this bibliophile’s dream was inspired by Henry Suzzallo, UW’s president at the time. …
Museum in U District

Burke Museum

An interesting hybrid museum covering both natural history and indigenous cultures of the Pacific Rim. On the entry-level floor is, arguably, Washington's best natural-history collection, focusing on the geology and…
Museum in U District

Henry Art Gallery

Approaching 90 years of age, the Henry is Seattle's modern-art masterpiece. Set in a sophisticated space on the University of Washington campus, it revolves around a remarkable permanent exhibit created in 2003 by l…
Viewpoint in U District

Rainier Vista

What other US university campus has a perfectly framed view of a glacier-drizzled, 14,410ft stratovolcano? This beautiful green corridor of lawns and walkways emanates from the steps of UW's Red Sq and was designed …
Landmark in U District


The lovely Quad is home to some of the original campus buildings, many of them built in a Collegiate Gothic style reminiscent of New England. On sunny days, you can relax on the grass amid Frisbee throwers, sunbathe…
Square in U District

Central Plaza (Red Square)

The center of campus is more commonly referred to as Red Sq because of its base of red brick rather than any Bolshevik inclinations. It’s not the coziest plaza, but it fills up with students cheerfully sunning thems…
Park in U District

Ravenna Park

Just north of the U District is Ravenna, a residential neighborhood that’s home to a lot of professors and university staff. At its heart is Ravenna Park, a lush and wild park with two playgrounds on either side of …
Fountain in U District

Drumheller Fountain

Drumheller Fountain sits inside what was originally known as Geyser Basin (now ‘Frosh Pond’), one of the few remaining pieces left over from the 1909 expo that beefed up the university.