Saint Edward Planning - Seminary

Seminary Building with people walking up to it

Built in 1931, the Saint Edward Seminary building is a significant historical structure and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The seminary structure and associated landscape are part of a collection of 700 historic structures and sites managed and cared for by Washington State Parks. 

Aging Seminary needs rehabilitation

The aging Seminary  building has been in a state of disrepair for years. Rehabilitation would require resources well beyond State Parks’ means.  

At its regular meeting on September 2014, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission directed staff to explore the possibility of rehabilitating the building. (Download the agenda and minutes. Action item on the Seminary building begins on page 101.)

Previously, in 2013, the Commission also adopted a resolution to authorize the Director of State Parks to “explore partnerships with other public and private sector entities for the purpose of rehabilitating the Saint Edward Seminary building.” 

Bastyr University steps forward

Bastyr University in Kenmore has expressed interest in rehabilitating the building to expand  its campus. The university is working with Daniels Real Estate to secure funding using private resources and establishing partnerships with private entities. 

The other part of this proposal would include a land exchange between the university and Washington State Parks. 

Public comment opportunities 

The public will have several opportunities to comment on the proposal, both in person and online. The first public meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Northshore Utility District building, 6830 NE 185th St., Kenmore, WA  98028. 

Prior to the meeting, you may view the document: “Concept Proposal: Land Exchange and Rehabilitation — Saint Edward Seminary Building Complex” posted below.

If you would like to comment online, please follow this link:  
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Contact Information:

Project Leads: Michael Hankinson, Planner and Nikki Fields, Planner

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission E-mail Phone: (360) 902-8671 P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650