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Polish Home Association
1714 18th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
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The Polish Home Association was established in 1918. The Hall is a place for celebration, festivals, meals, meetings, and evolving into new generations. Today, as yesterday, it is a hub of activity and a place for people of Polish nationality and descent to come together and celebrate common ground.

Their mission is to create, maintain, and operate a democratic association which will promote and uphold such mutual interests as Polish culture, history, education among the people of Polish descent as well as members of general public in Seattle and its vicinity.

Just a little History:
The end of the nineteenth century witnessed large-scale immigration of Poles to the United States. They came to America for economic and political reasons. Between 1795 and 1918, Poland disappeared from the map of Europe as the result of three consecutive partitions by Russia, Prussia, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Many Poles were forced to leave their country and look for freedom and opportunities in other parts of the world, especially in the “New World” of the United States.

The first Polish immigrants arrived in Washington State in the 1870s, mostly settling in the mining and logging communities at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, as well as in the fast-developing port towns. Due to the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897 and the construction of the transcontinental railroad, Seattle started experiencing an economic boom. Along with San Francisco, Seattle became the transportation and supply hub for stampeders heading to Alaska. As the prospects of striking it rich brought thousands of people to Seattle to buy goods and arrange for passage to the North, Poles joined in. However, many decided to stay in Seattle which was rapidly developing and offering all kinds of jobs and business opportunities.

The upstairs hall, one of the most beautiful ballrooms in Seattle, features about 3,500 sq. ft. of hardwood dance floor, bar, stage, and a set of restrooms. The occupancy of this unit is 250 people. There is an elevator providing easy access. This is one of Seattle’s best dance floors.