AKA: German Gymnastics Club #3, Seattle, WA; Seattle Turnverein #3, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures

Designers: Breitung and Buchinger, Architects (firm); Conradin Alfred Breitung (architect); Theobald Buchinger (architect)

Dates: constructed 1905-1906

2 stories

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8th Avenue
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101

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The Seattle Turnverein was located on 8th Avenue between Olive and Stewart Streets.


This $10,000 Neo-Classical building was to serve as the "home of all the German societies of Seattle." It was situated on a 53x90-foot parcel on 8th Avenue between Olive and Stewart Streets. Two floors in height, the first floor would contain a gymnasium and auditorium. (The Turnverein clubs originally provided gymnastics facilities for their German-American members.) The second floor accommodated lodge rooms, a banquet hall, women's parlor and reading rooms. (See "Realty Market Active for Summer Weather," Seattle Times, 07/09/1905, p. 20.)

Building History

The Neo-Classical styling of the building contrasted greatly with the primarily Queen Anne and Italianate building stock of the Downtown in 1905. In some ways, this new Neoclassicism had a pronounced American Colonial and Georgian flavor to it, reflecting larger tastes shifting toward more sober, "indigenous" stylistic sources.


PCAD id: 10983