AKA: Doyle, A.E., Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - department stores; built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Doyle and Merriam, Architects (firm); Hewitt / Daly/ Isley Architects (firm); Nelsen, Ibsen, and Associates, Architects (firm); James Daly (architect); Albert Ernest Doyle (architect); David M. Hewitt (architect); William A. Isley (architect); Charles A.I. Merriam (architect); Ibsen Andreas Nelsen (architect)

Dates: constructed 1915

4 stories

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119 Pine Street
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101

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The Graham Department Store #2 occupied the southwest corner 2nd Avenue and Pine Street;


Designed by the renowned Portland architectural firm of Doyle and Merriam, the J.S. Graham Department Store has been one of Seattle's finest terra cotta-faced buildings since its construction in 1915. Albert E. Doyle (1877-1928) ran his own office from 1907 until cutting back from work responsibilities due to the onset of Bright's Disease in the mid-1920s. Doyle and Merriam was Doyle's WA State partnership that designed at least three bank buildings and the Graham store in the state.

Building History

J.S. Graham operated a department store at this address c. 1915. Previously, c. 06/1908, it had a store at 714-716 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA.

Building Notes

M. Coy Books, owned by Michael Coy, leased first floor retail space from 1990-2008.


Ibsen Nelsen and Associates, Architects, oversaw the 1973 renovation.

Hewitt / Daly / Isley Architects supervised a renovation of the A.E. Doyle Building that occurred in 1985-1986.

Owner Eli Almo purchased the building in 2006, just after new zoning rules went into effect in Downtown Seattle. Almo was set to renovate the Graham Building and add another story to it in 2008; Almo's company, ERA Care, a retirement home operator, was slated to occupy the building's top two floors. Almo was a member of the Samis Foundation's Board of Directors at this time. Samis was involved in the development of the 37-story 1521 Second Avenue condominium building next door.

PCAD id: 6270