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Pioneer Building

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Identification

Pioneer Building
219384

Map

Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
romanesque revival

Usages

commercial office
restaurant

Facts

  • During the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897, at least 48 different mining firms had offices in the building.
  • Fire Insurance maps indicate the building is 84 feet to the main roof, not including the penthouse.
  • The 1949 earthquake damaged the 7th floor tower beyond repair and was removed shortly thereafter.
  • In addition to the building itself, the historic designation includes the Tlingit Totem Pole and Iron Pergola in adjacent Pioneer Place Park.
  • The Iron Pergola was built in 1909 as a shelter for waiting streetcar riders.
  • The Seattle Underground Tour originates from this location.
  • The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
  • The building sits on the site of the Seattle area's first sawmill (1853) belonging to Henry Yesler (1810-1892), the surveyor of Puget Sound.
  • The architectural style of the red brick and terra-cotta building is that of Richardsonian-Romanesque design.

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Location

600-610 First Avenue
100-110 James Street
600 First Avenue
98104
Pioneer Square
Seattle
Washington
U.S.A.

Technical Data

92.00 ft
92.00 ft
84.00 ft
6
1
1889
1892
2

Involved Companies

Elmer H. Fisher

Features & Amenities

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