AKA: First Interstate Center, Seattle, WA; Wells Fargo Center, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: McKinley Architects, PSC (firm); Wright Runstad and Company (firm); Patrick Gordon (architect); David A. McKinley Jr. (architect); H. Jon Runstad (developer); Howard S. Wright (building contractor/developer)

Dates: constructed 1983-1984

47 stories, total floor area: 1,323,055 sq. ft.

999 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-4019

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Covered in rose granite, the forty-seven story First Interstate Center (later the Wells Fargo Center) contained 1,323,055 gross square feet, 940,648 net (2011), and occupied an entire city block, a 56,400-square-foot site. McKinley Architects produced the design for the hexagonal building--supported by a steel frame--that was designed to rest on a landscaped, three-level plaza. In 2007, Beacon Capital Partners of Boston, MA, purchased the Wells Fargo Center for $403 million or nearly $430 per square foot. In 2011, the building and property had a value of $207,125,000, down from a high of $323,765,000 in 2008. Caroline Tobin in Downtown Seattle Walking Tours said of the building: "The First Interstate reflects current zoning laws and planning policies, especially in its extensive use of bonuses, including the plaza and hillclimb assist." (See Caroline Tobin, Downtown Seattle Walking Tours, [Seattle: City of Seattle, 1985], p. 52.)

King County maintained some administrative offices in this building at 999 3rd Street in Seattle, WA, c. 2007. In 04/2011, tenants of the Wells Fargo Center included: 20/20 Eye Care Centers, Atlantic Street Pizza Slices‎, Campus Cleaners, ‎Coco Communications Corp., Community For Youth‎, Directv‎, Equity Office‎, Ernst and Young‎, Free and Clear‎, Georgio's Subs‎, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney‎, Norcliffe Foundation‎, Plum Creek Timberlands LP‎, Short Cressman and Burgess Pllc‎, Sound Soups‎, Wells Fargo Bank‎, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Zillow.com‎.