Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures

Designers: [unspecified]

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Madison Street and 4th Avenue
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98104

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The Seattle YMCA #3 was located on the southwest corner of Madison Street and 4th Avenue in 1917.

Building Notes

British Arts and Crafts movement theorist and graphic designer C.R. Ashbee (1863-1942) delivered three lectures at the Seattle YMCA's Main Building #1 on January 6th, 7th and 9th during his third lecture tour of the United States in 1908-1909. As reported in the Seattle Times, the Fine Arts Association tried for some time to get Ashbee to add Seattle to his lecture circuit. It said: "The first lecture will be given on Wednesday evening, January 6, the subject being 'The Arts and Crafts and Their Relation to Education.' The second will be on Thursday evening, January 7, the subject being 'THe Arts and Crafts in Their Stand Against Machinery and Commercialism.' The third will be given on Saturday evening, January 9, the subject being 'William Morris.'" (See "C.R. Ashbee to Lecture on Arts and Crafts," Seattle Times, 12/29/1908, p. 7.) The Times noted that all three lectures were illustrated and given in the YMCA's auditorium. The cost was 50 cents per lecture or $1.00 for all three.


The YMCA #3 at 4th Avenue and Madison Street was razed. In 2019, the Fourth and Madison Building (925 4th Avenue) stood on the site.

PCAD id: 19537