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Diocesan-House-2The Office of the Bishop is located in Diocesan House, a stone mansion in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Diocesan House was the home of Eliza Ferry Leary, daughter of Washington’s first Governor, Elisha P Ferry. Mrs Leary’s husband John shared in the design of the house but died in 1905 before the house was completed. John Leary was also a Seattle Mayor.

The house was placed on the National Historic Register in 1976 and is open to the public. More than 17 groups use Diocesan House for monthly meetings. Members of the public are welcome to visit during business hours and guided tours are available by appointment.

Diocesan-House-1Please contact Erik Bauer, Diocesan Archivist and Records Manager, for more information or to schedule a tour.

5 thoughts on “Diocesan House

  • October 5, 2019 at 4:20 am

    Hi, Tim Drewes here, Music Director at St. Andrew’s Seattle. I’m looking for diocesan staff list, and not finding any on the “Staff” page. Seems like something’s wrong…

    • October 8, 2019 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Tim,

      Here’s a link to the staff page on the website: DIOCESAN STAFF.

      You can find this list from any page on the website by hovering over “Who We Are” on the main navigation menu, and clicking on “Diocesan Staff” near the bottom of that menu.


      Josh Hornbeck [he/him]
      Communications Director

      • April 1, 2020 at 3:22 pm

        Actually, Josh, I’m having the same experience as Tim reported in October. Going from “Who We Are” on the front page, to “Diocesan Staff” on the drop-down menu, yields a short article about D House, but no staff listings.

  • April 1, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    AHA! Figured it out! “Diocesan House” looks like the only menu item under “Diocesan Staff” but it’s really just an isolated sub-page. You have to stop and click at “Diocesan Staff” and not go any further down the menu. I’d suggest that’s not a very intuitive arrangement. Sure had me stuck for a few minutes there!

    • April 2, 2020 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks for the feedback on that, Doug+! I’ll get with our internet strategist and see how we can rearrange it and make it more intuitive.


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