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

Designers: Metropolitan Building Company, Developers (firm); John Francis Douglas Sr. (developer)

Dates: [unspecified]

1301 5th Avenue
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101

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The Whitson Building stood on the northwest corner of University Street and 5th Avenue.


The Whitson Building occupied the northwest corner of 5th Avenue and University Street, c. 1912-1917. (See R.L. Polk and Company’s Seattle City Directory, 1912, p. 1475.) Across the street to the east lay the Hippodrome, a venue for large events. To the west, on the 4th Avenue side of the block, stood the White-Henry-Stuart Buildings, a key part of the University of Washington's Metropolitan Tract development of 1908-1915.


The short-lived Whitson Building was razed to make way for the Stuart Building Annex, completed in 1922. The Stuart Building Annex, in turn, was demolished to make way for the Rainier Square development and Minoru Yamasaki's Rainier Bank Tower, finished in 1977.

PCAD id: 16707