Another Arbor Heights scene: Westside School’s future home

June 7, 2014 at 6:24 pm | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 6 Comments

While in Arbor Heights, we stopped by the future site of Westside School (WSB sponsor) for a look at the dramatic renovation scene at the former Hillcrest Presbyterian Church. The former sanctuary is basically hollowed out, as you can see, looking over the fence from 34th SW. Westside will spend one more year at its current campus, the former EC Hughes Elementary, leased from Seattle Public Schools, before moving to the new site. Westside’s 2013-2014 school year ended yesterday, and this past week, the school had its first middle-school graduation, having added 6th-8th grades over the past three years. Construction at the new site began just over a month ago.

P.S. We recently asked SPS to reconfirm what happens to Hughes once Westside moves; district spokesperson Teresa Wippel replied, “There are no plans at this point for EC Hughes other than to have it available for emergency use/to hold students when other schools are being remodeled, etc. No plans to lease it to anyone else, either.”


  1. Oh my gosh! What a view from my old house! :-)

    Comment by MargL — 7:29 pm June 7, 2014 #

  2. The two sites have a long history. The brother of the principle of Hughes in the early 50′s was the owner of the Arbor Heights property. He sold it for church construction.

    Comment by dsa — 1:43 am June 8, 2014 #

  3. Wow!

    Comment by WSB — 2:09 am June 8, 2014 #

  4. super cool, that the mid century architecture is being re used instead of demolished.

    Comment by sophista-tiki — 9:50 am June 8, 2014 #

  5. Could be used as a temporary hangar for a small spy blimp until all the cameras are up and running.

    Comment by Rick — 11:45 am June 8, 2014 #

  6. Wondering what happened to Arbor Heights Co-op Preschool that used to be at this location? Never fear–it is alive and well (and such a great community for preschool families!) contact for more info

    Comment by bellvy — 2:36 pm June 8, 2014 #

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