Settlement House is founded in Seattle in 1906.

  • By Lee Micklin
  • Posted 12/23/1998
  • Essay 563

In 1906, the Seattle Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) founds Settlement House (renamed Neighborhood House in 1947).

The women of the NCJW model Settlement House on Toynbee Hall in London (1884) and on Jane Addams' Hull House in Chicago (1889). Settlement houses were part of a social reform movement to address problems resulting from industrialization, immigration, and crowded tenements.

The Seattle house began operating in the lower part of a rented home on 12th Avenue and Washington Street. A sewing school for 30 girls was one of the earliest programs.


Meta Buttnick, "Marking the 95th Anniversary of Seattle Section, National Council of Jewish Women," Nizcor: Washington State Jewish Historical Society Newsletter, Winter 1995.

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