Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Lawton and Moldenhour, Architects (firm); George Willis Lawton (architect); Herman Alfred Moldenhour (architect)

Dates: constructed 1927

10 stories, total floor area: 130,893 sq. ft.

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1511 3rd Avenue
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101-3635

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Building History

The Seattle architectural firm of Lawton and Moldenhower designed this 10-floor, the reinforced-concrete office tower in the mid-1920s. It was completed in 1927.

The high-rise was owned by Doncaster Investments c. 2017.

Building Notes

In 2007, a Walgreens Drug Store occupied the prime corner location at Pike Street and Third Avenue. Drug stores emphasize the importance of corner locations for attracting customers. Headquartered in Deerfield, IL, Wlagreens leased 18,484 square feet of space on floors one and two, and 5,885 square feet of basement storage.

The Melbourne Building occupied a 12,582-square-foot (0.29-acre) site, and contained 130,893 gross square feet, 98,770 net. Of the 130,893 gross square feet, 98,409 was used for offices on nine floors.

Like many office towers of the 1920s, the Melbourne building was configured in a U-shape, allowing offices to receive natural light and ventilation through a central courtyard space.


A building permit for a $1.8 million remodeling effort of the second floor and other areas was granted on 03/22/2014. The permit was for: "Change use of portion of 2nd floor from office to retail, construct alterations to basement, 1st and 2nd floor of existing retail space, including mechanical, and occupy, per plan." (See King County Assessor, iMap Record for Parcel #197570-0465, accessed 07/18/2017.)