AKA: Olympic Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA

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

Designers: Saunders and Houghton, Architects (firm); Edwin Walker Houghton (architect); Charles Willard Saunders (architect)

Dates: constructed 1889-1891

4 stories

105 Yesler Way
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104-2525

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105-107 Yesler Way; Yesler Way and Commercial Street

Building History

The architectural duo of Saunders and Hamilton designed this building that at one time occupied the southeast corner of Yesler Way and Commercial Street. According to architectural historians Ochsner and Andersen, construction on the Olympic Block occurred between c. 10/1889-10/1890. Interior finishing might have delayed opening until 1891. In its early years, the Northern Pacific Railroad had its ticket office on the first-floor corner retail location in the Olympic Block (101 Yesler Way), while the Northern Pacific Express Company, Wells Fargo and Company Express Office and the Burlington Route Railway Ticket Office were located at 105 and 103 Yesler.The Olympic Hotel occupied upper floors.


The Starr-Colman Building was razed.

PCAD id: 16705