AKA: Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE), Agricultural Building, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - exhibition buildings - exposition buildings; events - exhibitions; events - expos

Designers: Chase, M., and Company, Building Contractors (firm); Graham and Myers, Architects (firm); Howard and Galloway, Architects and Engineers (firm); M. Chase (building contractor); John Debo Galloway (structural engineer); John Graham Sr. (architect/engineer); John Galen Howard (architect); David John Myers (architect)

Dates: constructed 1908-1909

3 stories

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Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, WA

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The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition's Agriculture Building was one of two buildings curving around the fair's central fountain, the other, its pendant, was the Manufacture Building. The two together embodied the symbolic heart at the center of Washington State.

Building History

The Agriculture Building occupied a site just east of the main round fountain, the Arctic Circle, at the center of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) grounds, where the current Chemistry Building later was erected on the University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Campus. Like the Manufacture Building standing to its east, both buildings had a curved form echoing the circular central round fountain. The architectural firms of Howard and Galloway (of San Francisco) and Seattle's Graham and Myers, Architects, active between 1905-1910, designed the AYPE Agriculture Building. They collaborated with M. Chase, who served as the building contractor.

The building had a utilitarian interior. A central street, shaped in an arc, led fairgoers past exhibits on either side. The pavilion had three stories, the upper two as galleries on either side of the central corridor. The curving interior structure consisted of posts supporting laminated arches and trusses that held up a glazed roof.

Building Notes

Various WA Counties sponsored exhibits in the Agriculture Building, including Pierce, Walla Walla, Klickitat, Lewis, and Snohomish. Apple growers of the Wenatchee Valley had an exhibit, as did food processing companies, including the Seattle Brewing and Malting Company, brewers of the popular local brand, Rainier Beer. (See "Why Take Chances," advertisement, Seattle Times, 04/09/1909, p. 16.) Additionally, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company sponsored a large exhibit in the Agriculture Building.

The Agriculture Building stood opposite the Manufactures Building at the AYPE. Both of these pavilions showed off the latest applications of technology in their respective fields and underscored the inventiveness and productivity of American farmers and businessmen.


PCAD id: 5511