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Seattle Tower

Identification

Seattle Tower
Northern Life Tower
119453

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
brick
applied masonry
Art Deco

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In 2000, the FBI occupied 14 floors in the tower.
  • First building in Seattle to illustrate the Art Deco style.
  • The façade design and colors was inspired by local rock formations.
  • 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.
  • Ziggurat exterior is clad with 33 colors of brick.
  • 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.

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Location

1218 Third Avenue
98101
Seattle
Washington
U.S.A.

Technical Data

366.10 ft
318.00 ft
313.50 ft
27
1927
1928
2003
5
50
$1,500,000

Involved Companies

construction company, owner, property management, real estate agent

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • National landmark
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