Northern Life Tower
Structure in General
- Collaborative architects: Webster & Stevens (architects of the Olympic Hotel).
- The building uses marble from all over the world: France, Spain, Italy, Alaska, Vermont, California, New York and Tennessee; as well as polished pink granite from Texas.
- At one time over 200 flood lights bathed the tower making people refer to it as the Northern LIGHT Tower.
- In 2000, the FBI occupied 14 floors in the tower.
- First building in Seattle to illustrate the Art Deco style.
- Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, record #51505.
- Originally planned as 24 floors, three more floors were added so that it was one floor higher above sea level than the taller Smith Tower.
- The marble lobby features intricate bronze panels with a bas-relief ceiling depicting local flora and fauna.
- The architects controlled the color of brickwork to achieve a subtle gradation, from dark earth tones at the base to much lighter hues descending up, accentuating the building's height and reinforcing its metaphorical relationship with the mountains.
- The façade design and colors was inspired by local rock formations.
- The building's design was taken from Eliel Saarinen's second place proposal for the 1922 Chicago Tribune Tower competition.
- The building was purchased by Trinity Real Estate and Helix Investment Partners in November 2004 for $19.2 million.
- Winner of the AIA Honor Award 1962.
- The building was purchased by Legacy Partners Commercial on August 1, 2006 for $36,090,000.
- Ziggurat exterior is clad with 33 colors of brick.
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1218-1222 Third Avenue
301-309 University Street
1218 Third Avenue
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Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings
- City landmark
- National landmark