Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Arai Jackson Ellison Murakami, Architects + Planners, LLP (firm); Graham, John and Company, Architects and Engineers (firm); Steven N. Arai (architect); Bruce Ellison (architect); John Graham Sr. (architect/engineer); Clifford Jackson (architect); Richard Murakami (architect); Henrik Valle (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1929-1930

total floor area: 121,573 sq. ft.

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1707 NE Grant Lane
University of Washington, Seattle, Campus, Seattle, WA 98195

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Building History

In 2007, a basalt column purchased from the Marenakos Rock Center near Issaquah, WA, was placed near the entrance of the newly renovated Johnson Hall. It was inscribed "Earth and Space Sciences."

Building Notes

Voted a "Knowledge by Design Case Study Prize Finalist" by the AIA NW + Pacific Region, American Institute of Architects; at one time, an elevated walkway joined Johnson Hall with the former Physics Building, not called Mary Gates Hall.


Renovated 2003-2005, Arai Jackson Ellison Murakami; the renovation left the building with 121,573 square feet; the Earth and Space Sciences Department became the sole tenant of the renovated building, 12/2005-1/2006; Steven N. Arai (1946-2006) supervised the project for Arai Jackson Ellison Murakami Architect + Planners.

On 02/13/2019, the UW undertook voluntary seismic upgrades to Johnson Hall, at an estimated cost of $1,500,000. (The City of Seattle provided permit #6649302-CN.)

PCAD id: 5132