Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - stores; built works - dwellings - houses - apartment houses

Designers: Weber + Thompson, PLLC (firm); Scott E. Thompson (architect); Blaine Jeffrey Weber (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

31 stories, total floor area: 436,257 sq. ft.

1800 Terry Avenue
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101

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Bosa Properties of Vancouver, BC, proposed this 30+ story, mixed-use apartment tower in the mid-2000s. It was not built. According to the website of the architectural firm, Weber + Thompson, its " [was] inspired by tall, slender towers of Vancouver BC." (See Weber + Thompson PLLC, "1800 Terry," accessed 07/20/2015.)

Building History

Unbuilt. This large-scale apartment tower was designed just after the 2006 change in building codes in Downtown Seattle, aimed at creating taller, thinner and more transparent skyscrapers in the city center. This concept was adapted from planning practices developed during the 1990s in Vancouver, BC.

This was to have been the first Seattle high-rise erected by Bosa Properties of Vancouver, BC. It was meant to replace a low-rise, concrete-framed office building, but construction was scuttled during the Recession of 2008. The low-rise building was not razed but transformed into a self-storage business, Seattle Vault Self Storage, opened in 2012. Its concrete frame was ideal to carry the heavy, square-foot loads of such a facility.

Building Notes

This 350-foot mixed-use tower would contain 31 stores and 436,257 gross square feet of space, 7,046 of which was set aside for retail use. The building was to accommodate 270 apartments with an average size of 954 square feet.

An article by Blaine Weber in Seattle's Daily Journal of Commerce described the 1800 Terry Avenue Building: "This new project by Bosa Properties is its first in Seattle. The British Columbia developer has chosen to limit the size of the floor plate, in keeping with new code requirements. Tall and slender by choice, this elegant, simple structure celebrates the vertical with powerful architectural elements. The top is sculpted, and the base is designed to be inviting and pedestrian friendly, with a generous entry plaza and green street amenities. A sky bar serves as an exclamation point on an iconic, sculpted top that has deep overhangs that will be 'dusted' with soft light." (See Blaine Weber,, "Are we ready for Seattle’s pivotal moment in history?" accessed 07/22/2015.)

PCAD id: 19681