AKA: Tower Building, Denny Triangle, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings; built works - commercial buildings - stores

Designers: Morrison, Earl W., Architect (firm); Strand Construction Company (firm); Witt, W.H., Company (firm); Earl Wilson Morrison (architect); Arvid Strand (building contractor); William Henry Witt Sr. (civil engineer)

Dates: constructed 1930-1931

17 stories

Seattle, WA

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In the mid-1930s, the Penthouse Art Gallery operated in the Textile Tower. It became an early exhibition space for an important early group of Modern artists in Seattle, the "Group of Twelve" painters--Ambrose Patterson, Viola Patterson, Walter Isaacs, Earl Fields, Morris Graves, Peter Camfferman, Ray Hill, T. Fujii, Kamekichi Tokita, Kenijioi Nomura, Kenneth Callahan and Elizabeth Cooper--whose first show occurred here on 10/24/1925. According to an article announcing this opening in the Seattle Times, the Group of 12 was "... interested in furthering its painting standards and represents the best in painting in the Northwest." It was to continue showing in the Penthouse Gallery; the article added that, "This group will have new paintings on exhibition every three weeks at the Penthouse Gallery." (See "Penthouse Art Gallery Plans To Show Work," Seattle Times, 10/20/1935, Section 3, page 3.)

PCAD id: 14017