AKA: Young Women's Christian Association Headquarters, Downtown, Seattle, WA; Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), Main Branch #1, Downtown, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: [unspecified]

1 story

706 3rd Avenue
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98104-1803

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Building History

A group of 28 local women founded the Young Women's Christian Association's (YWCA) first Seattle chapter on 02/17/1894. Their first quarters were in Elmer Fisher's Burke Building (1891) in Pioneer Square. Because of its popularity, the chapter had to move to a larger facility, shifting to the Shorey Building. This was the first dedicated building in which the YWCA was the sole occupant.

Building Notes

This small brick building was erected before 1908. The building was brick, with three storefronts and a flat roof. A carved escutcheon with garlands graced the parapet directly above the central front door. After 1914, another YWCA was built nearby in Downtown Seattle, WA. (A later YWCA was located on 4th Avenue and Seneca Street.)

PCAD id: 5579