AKA: Seattle City Light, East Pine Street Substation, Minor, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - infrastructure

Designers: Bassetti, Fred, and Company (firm); Close, Donald, Company, Electrical Engineers (firm); Haag, Richard, Associates, Incorporated, Site Planners, Landscape Architects (firm); Frederick Forde Bassetti (architect); Donald Wyman Close (building contractor); Richard Haag (landscape architect)

Dates: constructed 1965-1967

1 story

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23rd Avenue and East Pine Street
Minor, Seattle , WA 98122

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The East Pine Substation occupied the southwest corner of the 23rd Avenue and East Pine Street intersection.


The Seattle architect Fred Bassetti invited examination of this power substation, in an effort to celebrate the American public power system and to educate people about its importance. He conceived to elevate its status as an overlooked or hidden utlitarian structure to something that intrigued and engaged the passerby. For this commission, Bassetti was able to employ brick, a building material he loved, and may have made reference to ancient brick-walled structures of the past. Its unorthodox design made it one of the more celebrated power substations of its time.

Building Notes

This commission was one of Fred Bassetti's proudest achievements. He often mentioned it as one of his firm's best works.

PCAD id: 11665