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UCU began as an independent Christian men's living organization in 1935, and has been in continuous operation ever since. The men moved to their present location at 1605 NE 47th two or three years after the organization was founded. A women's organization was also started in the early days but ceased operation after a few years, until it was restarted in 1963 at its present location at 4554-16th Ave NE. The building housing the men dates to 1909, within a year or two after the University of Washington moved to its present “U-district” campus. The women's building dates to 1918, just at the end of World War I. Both houses are wholly owned by the UCU Alumni Association; they were purchased through a fund-raising campaign in the 1960’s.

In an effort to capture this rich history, UCU has created an open wiki dedicated to house history, found at Whether you are looking for prank ideas or are just curious, feel free to visit or contribute to the historical collection!

Flickr Account

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We have accumulated several hundred pictures of life at UCU, both past and present. Visit our Flickr page to experience what the house has been like over the years.

Additionally, if you are an alumni and would like to upload pictures to this collection, then please contact us.

University Christian Union men's house from circa 1970s.
University Christian Union women's house from circa 1970s.
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