AKA: Merchants' National Bank, Office Building #1, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA; Seattle Safe Deposit Building #1, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - banks (buildings)

Designers: Boone and Meeker, Architects (firm); William Ely Boone (architect); George Cook Meeker (architect)

Dates: constructed 1883-1884, demolished 1889

3 stories

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701 1st Avenue
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104-1402

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This Bank Building was originlly located on Front Street, later renamed 1st Avenue.


According to the Seattle City Directory, 1884, (p. 152), Angus Mackintosh was the President, Robert N. McFadden, Cashier, of the Merchants' National Bank at 629 Front Street (later renamed 1st Avenue). Prior to establishing the Merchants’ National Bank, Mackintosh was a partner in Mackintosh and Reeves, an abstracting and title examination company. (See C.T. Comover, “Just Cogitating: Items Gleaned from Seattle Newspaper of 67 Years Ago,” Seattle Times, 01/06/1949, p. 31.)

Building History

Banker Angus Mackintosh (1839-1904) opened this bank in 1884, boasting one of the most secure basement vaults in Seattle with a huge Diebold Safe. The Merchants National Bank burned in the Great Fire of 06/06/1889, but the vault remained impervious to the flames. After the devastating fire, other banks that had lost their own safe deposit boxes utilized Mackintosh's existing vault.

With the vault modified but intact in the basement, the Merchants National Bank was rebuilt four stories taller soon thereafter, but went out of business in 1895.


The Merchant’s National Bank Building #1 (Safe Deposit Building) perished in the Great Seattle Fire of 06/06/1889.

PCAD id: 18216