Colman School

The 1909 Colman School sits next to the entrance of the Mount Baker Tunnel. Like the Beacon Hill School, it was abandoned by the city and occupied by minority activists. The squatters gained the support of Seattle mayor Norm Rice, and were headed for a legal settlement, but it took years of confrontations to sort it out.

It now houses the modest Northwest African American Museum, though the space is under-utilized. My visit last year left the impression that the building is somewhat of a private clubhouse for the staff and their friends.


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