Structure Type: built works - military buildings

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1908-1909, demolished 1968

3 stories

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Virginia Street and Western Avenue
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101

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Building History

Like many armories designed since the mid-19th century, this rectangular building had a daunting, medieval appearance, with a castellated parapet, round corner turrets and impenetrably thick walls. The Romanesque, round-arched entrance way had a wrought iron portcullis. Rusticated stone trimmed the entry's arch, providing strong contrast to the red-brown brick walls. The building existed between 1909-1968, and served a variety of community uses, such as dances and meetings. According to historian Paul Dorpat, it operated as a food bank during the 1930s. (See Paul Dorpat, "A Citizen Armory,"accessed 09/20/2011.)

Building Notes

Located on the Seattle waterfront, this storehouse of military supplies presented a striking appearance when seen from Elliott Bay.


The armory burned in a suspicious blaze of 01/907/1962, and was, despite efforts to save it, torn down in 1968. The Armory stood on land that was, in 2008, Victor Steinbrueck Park.

PCAD id: 11278