AKA: Kreielsheimer Place, Downtown, Seattle, WA; A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), Downtown, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings; built works - recreation areas and structures

Designers: Bittman, Henry W., Architect and Engineer (firm); Callison Architecture, Incorporated (firm); Grant, William R., Architect (firm); Sellen Construction Company, Incorporated (firm); Henry W. Bittman (architect/structural engineer); Anthony Callison (architect); William R. Grant (architect); John Henry Sellen Sr. (building contractor/civil engineer)

Dates: constructed 1924-1925

5 stories, total floor area: 94,033 sq. ft.

700 Union Street
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101-4037

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1416 7th Avenue at Union Street; Mapquest gives zip code of 700 Union Street as: 98101-2330; the street address has also been recorded as 1406 7th Avenue;

Building History

Six theatre owners operating in Seattle, WA, met to consider how to deal with a musician's strike in 1898. The competing owners found that they had much in common and thereafter resolved to create a fraternal organization. The Fraternal Order of Eagles was founded 02/06/1898 and was popularized early on by businessmen in the performing arts field. This large building was designed to be the largest of the hundreds of Eagles Lodges or "aeries" across the United States; Because of its connections to entertainment, it is not surprising that this major Eagles post would contain an elaborate movie theatre. The Bagdad Theatre opened on the west end of the Eagles Building in 1927 and continued operation for 30 years. It had a blade sign marking its location and a rooftop marquee pointing toward approaching Market Street auto traffic from the southeast. In 2011, CKM Associates, LLC, owned the Eagles Building, which had an assessed value of $12,836,700 in 2011.

Building Notes

Designated a City of Seattle Historic Landmark; the Eagles Building contained 94,033 gross square feet, 69,676 net, and occupied a 22,000-square-foot lot. Over the years, the storefronts of this building housed some notable businesses, including a large Kress five-and-dime store. The Ballard Building had a small neighborhood hospital on its third floor equipped with 5 beds.

Alteration

It was later renovated to house Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) headquarters; alterations occurred in 1980. A renovation campaign 06/1995-09/1996 hoped to raise $28.15 million to renovate the Eagles Auditorium for use by ACT. Callison Architects' Seattle Housing Resources Group served as Architects for this 1995-1996 effort. Callison redesigned the Eagles Grand Ballroom into an arena stage; below this, a thrust stage with 390 seats was planned. In the space once occupied by a restaurant, an alternative cabaret/black box theatre was devised for the the lower level of the building. Entrances on 7th Avenue and Union Street were renovated, and spaces were found within the building to serve as rehearsal room, and scene, prop, and paint shops.

An additional story was added to Eagles Building at some point giving it five.

Seattle Historic Landmark: ID n/a

National Register of Historic Places: 83003338 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

King County Assessor Number: 2767701055 Department of Assessments eReal Property GIS Center parcel report GIS Center parcel viewer GIS Center iMap viewer

PCAD id: 4733