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First Hill is a downtown neighborhood dominated by multi-story buildings – grand hotels, apartments, condos, a university, and hospitals. Three major hospitals (UW Harbor View, Swedish, and Virginia Mason) plus dozens of ancillary clinics and medical centers give the area its nickname: Pill Hill.
Seattle University is another dominating institution on First Hill. The campus grounds are filled with spectacular trees and garden plantings – a nice oasis of green amidst the bustling neighborhood.
Dozens of Seattle’s “founding families” built mansions and social clubs on The Hill in the late 1800’s. The Frye family lived near the site of the current Frye Art Museum. The museum was built in 1950 in accordance with the will of the Frye estate to make their large collection of paintings available to the public at no charge. Today the museum has been rebuilt but admission to the exhibits is still free.
Other remnants from the early development of First Hill include the Sorrento Hotel (1908), St. James Cathedral (1907), First Baptist Church (1910), and a few historic apartment buildings and mansions preserved or restored for public and private uses.
Today’s First Hill is both home and workplace for thousands of people with even more residential and commercial development in the planning and construction phases. Fred Hutchinson Medical Research Center recently moved to Lake Union, leaving its First Hill campus to be converted to affordable housing. Senior living centers and market-rate condos are also readily available.
Pedestrian-friendly and close to all the city has to offer, First Hill still attracts Northwest settlers looking for the perfect location to call home.