AKA: Seattle Symphony, Benaroya Concert Hall, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - concert halls

Designers: Loschky Marquardt and Nesholm (LMN), Architects (firm); Murase Associates, Incorporated (firm); Cyril Manton Harris (acoustical engineer/architect); Michael Knowles (architect); George Henry Loschky (architect); Judsen Robert Marquardt (architect); Robert K. Murase (landscape architect); John Frank Nesholm (architect); Mark Reddington (architect)

Dates: constructed 1997-1998

200 University Street
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101-3428

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Building History

LMN Partner-in-Charge Judsen Marquardt and Design Partner Mark Reddington led the design team. Dr. Cyril M. Harris, the Charles Batchelor Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Columbia University, consulted on the design of the auditorium. Noise from a nearby transit tunnel also complicated the design and sound insulation of the concert hall. LMN and Harris later collaborated on the design of the University of California, San Diego, Conrad Prebys Music Center in 2007-2008.

Building Notes

Benaroya Hall was given a 2001 National Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects; the first performance occurred 09/12/1998; the hall was named for the family of Jack Benaroya, local developers who are noted philanthropists in Seattle, WA. Jack Benaroya, the patriarch of this real estate family, donated $15 million of the $118 million needed to build the facility. The City of Seattle chipped in $48.7 million; King County and the State of Washington also contributed to the remaining cost of $54.3 million, some of which was paid for through private donations. The concert hall took about two years to construct and was built on schedule and within budget. The hall is composed of two main listening spaces: the Mark Taper Main Stage, seating 2,500, and the 540-seat, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. The Taper space was named for S. Mark Taper, a Los Angeles financier who donated widely to philanthropic causes; the Nordstrom Recital Hall was named for Illsley Nordstrom, widow of Nordstrom department-store executive, Lloyd Nordstrom, and a staunch supporter of the arts in Seattle.

The Estabrook Building occupied the southeast corner of 2nd Avenue and Union Street before Benaroya Hall. The Eilers Building, once the home of company that sold music and musical instruments,stood at 1305 3rd Avenue, on the northwest corner of 3rd Avenue and Unversity Street.


On 07/04/1998, "The Garden of Remembrance" by Robert Murase of Murase Associates, was dedicated to memorialize all Washingtonians who died in wars including and after World War II.

PCAD id: 4108