AKA: Unico Properties, LLC, White Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings; built works - commercial buildings - stores

Designers: Howells and Stokes, Architects (firm); Metropolitan Building Company, Developers (firm); Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation, Builders (firm); Unico Properties, LLC (firm); Abraham Horace Albertson (architect); John Francis Douglas Sr. (developer); John Mead Howells (architect); Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes (architect)

Dates: constructed 1908-1909, demolished 1974

11 stories

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4th Avenue
Downtown, Seattle, WA

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Metropolitan Tract


This was the first office building undertaken by the Metropolitan Building Company on the former 10-acre campus of the University of Washington, begun in 02/1908.

Building History

New York architects Howells and Stokes designed the White Building to fit within its masterplan for the Metropolitan Building Company's 10-acre Metropolitan Tract. The Stone and Webster Engineering Company of Boston constructed the building, at a cost of $610,000. Of the White-Henry-Stuart Building trio, the White Building was completed first in 1909, then the Henry later in 1909, and finally the Stuart in 1915. It was complete by mid-08/1909.

Building Notes

One of three conjoined office buildings, the White-Henry-Stuart Buildings, that occupied a prominent portion of the Metropolitan Tract, a parcel of land where the first University of Washington Campus stood, developed in the 1900s-1910s by the Metropolitan Building Company.

A number of lumber companies operated offices in the White-Henry-Stuart Building complex during the 1910s and 1920s. The Alberni Pacific Lumber Company, had an office in Room #715 of the White Building in 1918. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1918, p. 313.)


Annexes were added to the White and Stuart Buildings in 1922-1923 also by Howells and Stokes. The White-Henry-Stuart Buildings all underwent a large-scale renovation in 1955.


The White Building, along with the Hnery and Stuart Buildings were razed.

PCAD id: 15105