AKA: Great Northern Railway Offices, Seattle, WA; Pacific First Federal Savings Building, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Reamer, Robert C., Architect (firm); Robert Chambers Reamer (architect)

Dates: constructed 1928-1929

4 stories

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1404 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-2252

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Building History

Seattle architect Robert C. Reamer (1873-1938) designed this building as a Downtown Seattle ticket office for the Great Northern Railway. Over the years, Reamer had done a great deal of work in Yellowstone National Park and the State of Montana, territory served by the Great Northern. In recent years, the building housed a local Men's Wearhouse franchise on its first floor.

Building Notes

This flat-roofed, four-story office and commercial building had subtle, classical/Art Deco ornamentation on its cornice line and first-floor frieze, an overlay of ferns and sunflowers covered chevrons on these decorative courses. It functioned as an office building for the Great Northern Railway, based in Saint Paul, MN. James J. Hill produced a northern transcontinental rail route by 1893, connecting Saint Paul and Seattle, WA.

PCAD id: 4973