Elizabeth Thomas Homes

Elizabeth Thomas Homes is a community-oriented affordable housing development in the Rainier Beach area at 4524 S. Henderson St.

The 150,000-square-foot building has 119 units ranging from one to three bedrooms for individuals and families earning between 50%-60% of the area median income. There are 42 surface parking spaces and 1,100 square feet of commercial space for a future tenant.

The eye-catching building has a unique facade featuring bright elements.

Community and family-oriented amenities include an interior courtyard with a play area and a rooftop deck with views of the surrounding neighborhood. There is on-site laundry, a computer lab, and a community room for events.

The ground floor has office space for both property management and other commercial activities.

The building is named for Elizabeth R. Thomas, the first black graduate of the Pediatric Nursing degree program at the University of Washington. Thomas, who passed away in 2011, was the head nurse at the Odessa Brown Clinic in the Central District and was inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame in 2000.

Developers: Catholic Housing Services and FAME-Equity Alliance of Washington

Community partner: Rainier Beach Action Coalition

Architect: Environmental Works Community Design Center

Contractor: Home – Walsh Construction Co.

MEP: Sider Byers

Civil engineer: Coterra Engineering

Structural engineer: Swenson Say Faget


More Photos



NW Skyview Imagery


Alaska Capitol Renovation Complete / / 12.24.16

This renovation reinforced the building against earthquakes, made its heating system efficient, and restored it to the way it looked in 1931.

Ethiopian Village / / 06.12.23

Ethiopian Village is a five-story affordable senior housing development and community center at 8323 Rainier Ave. S.

Centerline Apartments / / 08.09.21

Centerline is a seven-story mixed-use development at 6505 15th Ave. N.E. in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood. It has 235 residential units, … read more +