AKA: Century Investment Company, Office Building, Seattle, WA; Corporate Council Building, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Bystrom and Greco, Architects (firm); Carl Arnold Bystrom (architect); James Greco (architect)

Dates: constructed 1963-1964

4 stories

400 Queen Anne Avenue North
Lower Queen Anne, Seattle, WA 98109

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Progressive Architecture in 1964 described the Century Building's structure: "Looking a little like a well-known new building on a certain Ivy League campus, the structure has a poured-in-place, exposed concrete frame with insulated brick cavity filler walls. Floors and parking deck are clear-span poured-in-place, post-tensioned concrete pan-joist systems." (See "Neat Civic Center Neighbor for Seattle," Progressive Architecture, XLV:10, 10/1964, p. 102.) The Ivy League building mentioned may have been Louis Kahn's Richards Medical Laboratories Building, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1957-1961. In 1964, Bystrom and Greco moved their offices to the Century Building.

Originally, the Century building had a 120-foot by 119-foot lot. This part of Seattle, WA, the former site of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, had a height limit of 60 feet, limiting this project to 4 stories. A circulation tower housing stairs and elevator separated the office building from the parking garage. The building included a two-story parking garage capable of housing 50 autos. The Century Building, Seattle, WA, won an award in the 1966 Prestressed Concrete Institute's (PCI) Awards Program.