The Most Reverend Thomas Connolly, Archbishop of Seattle from 1951 to 1975, lived in a First Hill mansion owned by the archdiocese from the time of his initial installment in 1951 until his death in 1991. The beautiful and historic three-story home was closed off to the general public during this period.
After seeking and evaluating input from Archbishop Hunthausen, other religious leaders and members of the laity, Archbishop Murphy decided to move into the home in August of 1991. His vision was to make the residence the peoples’ house – a place where all were welcome. He named the residence Connolly House in honor of Archbishop Connolly. Archbishop Murphy occupied a portion of the second floor. The archbishop loved bringing people together at Connolly House and encouraged its use for many different church and archdiocesan functions. He relished telling colleagues and friends that a neighbor was once heard saying, “I don’t know who lives there but they sure have a lot of parties.”