AKA: K and R Building, 625 1st Avenue, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA; Emerald City Building, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA

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

Designers: Dodd, Harvey, and Associates, Engineers (firm); Stasny, R.L., Architect (firm); Harvey Dodd (engineer); R. L. Stasny (architect)

Dates: constructed 1890

2 stories, total floor area: 12,360 sq. ft.

625 1st Avenue
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104-2274

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Lazarus Kline and Samuel Roseberg owned at least three buildings in the Pioneer Square area following the 1889 Seattle Fire; a two-story Kline-Rosenberg Building stood on the southwest corner of 2nd Avenue and University Street; another was located on the south side of Washington Street between Commercial Street and South 2nd Avenue (later renamed Occidental); the third was located at this site, on the west side of Front Street (later renamed 1st Avenue) and Cherry Street. This building, in 1890, housed a clothing store owned by Kline and Rosenberg. Newspaper ads in the Seattle Times indicated that the offices of Dr. J.H. Lukens occupied a portion of this space in 1900. The clothing company of Samuel Rosenberg and Isaac Himeloch occupied another part the facility at the same time. The Kline and Rosenberg Building, once stood to the north of the now demolished Starr-Boyd Building (1890) by prolific Seattle architect Elmer Fisher (1844-1905) in the heart of Pioneer Square. A small remnant of the Starr-Boyd Building still stands on the Kline and Rosenberg Building's southeast corner. The King County Assessor's Parcel Viewer record indicated on 02/26/2010 that the building dated from 1900. It later became known as the "Emerald City Building" and was owned by Flying Monkeys LLC in 2012.

This small building had an assessed value in King County of $1,186,500 in 2010. It contained 12,360 gross square feet and 8,790 net s.f. The lot was 3,600 s.f. The Kline and Rosenberg Building was included as a contributing part of the National Historic Register's Pioneer Square District.

Clearly, this building's facade has been altered considerably since 1890. Two upper stories appear to have been removed at some point, perhaps at the time the neighboring Starr-Boyd Building was demolished. According to the City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods database, "While the present building’s storefront was somewhat modernized in the 1960s and then in 1982 by architect R. L. Stasny and Harvey Dodd and Associates Engineers, the important elements of the main façade and the somewhat loopy but rich, ornamental detailing remain." Two, two-story, engaged Ionic columns frame the simple facade; two smaller columns visually support the second floor.