Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

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

Dates: constructed 1889-1890

4 stories

2nd Avenue and Union Street
Downtown, Seattle, WA

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The real estate investor William Elder Bailey (born 1860 in Harrisburg, PA) directed several commissions to the Seattle architectural firm of Saunders and Houghton. This was the last of four known designs, the previous being the Washington Territory Investment Company Building (1889-1890), the Bailey Building (1889-1892) and the Rainier Hotel (1889). Saunders and Houghton created a compact design for a four-story, stucco-faced building, the first-floor entrance covered by three arches. The front facade had three bays, one end bay double the width of the other. Fenestration of the second and third floors consisted of trabeated windows, while the fourth floor had triplets of arched openings. A cornice topped the building edged with prominent acroteria. Excavation work began on the Manhattan Building at its 2nd Avenue and Union Street site, but proceeded no further. Draftsman A.B. Chamberlin (1865-1933) created a presentation drawing for the Saunders and Houghton firm of the Manhattan Building that appeared in the The Graphic on 10/03/1891.


PCAD id: 18213