Structure Type: built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: Boone, William E., Architect (firm); William Ely Boone (architect)

Dates: constructed 1891-1892

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3rd Avenue and University Street
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101

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The Plymouth Congregational Church #2 stood on the northeast corner lot at 3rd Avenue and University Street

Building History

This stone-clad church replaced the first one that became too small by 1889, the year of Seattle's Great Fire. The congregation reaped $32,000 from the sale of its previous property on 2nd Avenue, land that had been donated by the pioneers, Arthur and Mary Denny, in 1872. As noted by Paul Dorpat et al., the cornerstone for this substantial Richardsonian Romanesque was laid on 07/31/1891 and was completed by the end of the next year. Dorpat agreed with the speculation of Ochsner and Anderson (in their book, Distant Corner) about William E. Boone being the original architect for this larger and more permanent sanctuary. Its massive stone exterior suggested the prosperity and establishment of its congregation. (See Dorpat Sherrard Lomont, "Plymouth Congregational Church Twice on University Street,"accessed 07/28/2011.) The church served its influential membership from 1892-1910, when various new development schemes were considered. A mixed-use church and commercial building was suggested, but was trumped by a $325,000 bid from Vaudeville impresario Alexander Pantages (1875-1936) for the property. The church took the windfall and built new quarters on 6th Avenue. Pantages built his second Pantages Building here, containing a state-of-the-art theatre, offices for himself, and commercial office space.

Building Notes

This Romanesque Revival church was located at the corner of 3rd Avenue and University Street, in what is now Downtown Seattle. Clad in stone, it had a corner steeple topped by a tall, pyramidal spire.


The Plymouth Congregational Church was demolished by 1911. This church stood on the site of the Pantages Theatre #2, Seattle, WA, which, in turn, was also demolished.

PCAD id: 10100