AKA: Interurban Building, Seattle, WA; Smith Tower Annex, Seattle, WA

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

Designers: Parkinson and Evers, Architects (firm); Parkinson, John, Architect (firm); Cecil Louis Calvert Evers (architect); John Parkinson (architect)

Dates: constructed 1890-1892

6 stories, total floor area: 43,229 sq. ft.

102 Occidental Avenue South
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104-2518

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The Seattle 1st National Bank Building stood at 102-108 Occidental Avenue South, and also at 155-159 Yesler Way, 98104-2539.

Building History

The Seattle National Bank Building was designed by John Parkinson in the Romanesque Revival Style; Parkinson left Seattle a few years after the design of this office building to start a practice in Los Angeles, CA, where he became very successful. This building's design and construction spanned the period when John Parkinson (1861-1935) practiced with Cecil Evers (1889-1890) and on his own in Seattle (1880-1894).

Building Notes

King County Parcel ID#: 5247800555; this six-story building rests on a plot 112' x 119'. Bank owner, William Rankin Ballard (1847-1929), the founder of the Ballard Neighborhood in Seattle, wanted the bank to appear grand and substantial as an encouragement to potential customers. In 2008, the Seattle National Bank Building had a Class B rating and 43,229 square feet.


The building lacks its original, more ornate cornice; renovation occurred in 1997.