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Norton Building

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Identification

Norton Building
801 Second Avenue
119458

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
aluminum
glass
curtain wall
international style

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Seattle's first major high-rise building built in 30 years as well as the the first with glass curtain walls.
  • First building in USA over six stories to incorporate pre-stressed concrete members.
  • Seattle's longest escalators, linking Second and First Avenues.
  • Named in honor of Matthew G. Norton, grandfather of businessman Norton Clapp (1906-1995), one of the five original investors in the Space Needle.
  • The curtain wall consists of 1,792 pre-glazed spandrel and window panel units.
  • Winner of the AIA Honor Award 1960.
  • Developed by the owners of its neighbor to the north by the United Exchange Building Corporation.
  • SOM's design architect for the Norton Building was Myron Goldsmith, one of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's most distinguished students.
  • It was the Norton Building that introduced the Bauhaus school of architecture to Seattle.
  • Seattle's first "international-style" that was technologically innovative in its composite structural system and its curtainwall, which was assembled from preglazed units.

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Location

801-805 Second Avenue
100-124 Columbia Street, 800-804 First Avenue
801 Second Avenue
98104
Seattle
Washington
U.S.A.

Technical Data

298.00 ft
215.00 ft
72.00 ft
19
1956
1959
$12,000,000

Involved Companies


Bindon & Wright

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