AKA: Swedish Medical Center, Providence Campus, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - hospitals

Designers: Somervell and Cote, Architects (firm); Joseph Simon Cote (architect); Woodruff Marbury Somervell (architect)

Dates: constructed 1910-1911

500 17th Avenue
First Hill, Seattle, WA 98122-5711

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17th Avenue and Jefferson Street

Building History

The Sisters of Providence Order operated the hospital from 1876-2000; the Providence Seattle Medical Center (with its 9 surrounding clinics) was purchased by Swedish Hospital.

Building Notes

The new building had Georgian elements coupled with a tall central tower derived from the previous Providence location. The spire was known in 2011 as "James Tower."


Greatly altered; according to the Swedish Medical Center web site, thorough renovations occurred after Providence Hospital was absorbed into the Swedish Medical Center System in 2000: "Since [the merger], the [Providence] campus has undergone more than $100 million in new construction and renovations and now stands as one of the most modern and technologically advanced medical facilities in our region. Renovations include new neurosurgery and cardiovascular surgery operating rooms and interventional suites that are among the most advanced in the country." (See "Locations: Cherry Hill Campus," http://www.swedish.org/Locations/Cherry-Hill-Campus, Accessed 04/27/2011.)

PCAD id: 4791