AKA: Times Square Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA; Seattle Times Newspaper Building #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Bebb and Gould, Architects (firm); Charles Herbert Bebb ; Carl Freylinghausen Gould Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1914-1916

5 stories, total floor area: 73,399 sq. ft.

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Fourth Avenue to Fifth Avenue between Olive Way and Stewart Street

Building History

The original drawings for this building were done by Charles Bebb's preceding firm, Bebb and Mendel, in the Gothic Revival Style. Bebb and Gould reworked it to resemble an Italian Renaissance palazzo. A permit for excavating the Times Building's foundations was granted on 03/18/1914, initiating the construction process. (See "Seattle and State Advance During Year 1914," Seattle Times, 01/03/1915, p. 24.)

Building Notes

On a smaller scale, the building's triangular profile suggested the Flatiron Building by D.H. Burnham and Company, New York, NY, 1902, a building the New Yorker Carl Gould, Sr., (1873-1939) would have known well. (The notion of calling this the "Times Square Building" referred to Times Square in New York City.) In 1920, the Times Square Building's east facade had the "Times Square Automatic Baseball Player Board," which provided play-by-play coverage of the World Series. In 1973, the Beverly Hills-based firm, the Churchill Group, owned the Times Square Building. This company petitioned the City of Seattle to "permit...a portion of the exterior of the building for a flower-stand operation. This request was denied." (See Joseph O. Lampe, "Feedback," Seattle Times, 04/15/1973, p. D3.) According to In 2011, the building occupied a 10,240-square-foot lot, and had 73,399 gross square feet, 59,615 net.


Alterations have occurred over the east entrance; a pediment was removed over the door and a steel awning was put up to shield pedestrians from inclement weather. The Churchill Group's General Partner, Joseph O. Lampe indicated in 1973 that "...$90,000 was expending in improving it since our purchase including the removal of a dingy restaurant, the renovation of the space and the operation, today, by the lessee, of a bright, cheerful and clean establishment." (See Joseph O. Lampe, "Feedback," Seattle Times, 04/15/1973, p. D3.)

Seattle Historic Landmark (1984-09-10): ID n/a

King County Assessor Number: 0659000385 Department of Assessments eReal Property GIS Center parcel report GIS Center parcel viewer GIS Center iMap viewer

PCAD id: 6231