Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Graham, John and Company, Architects and Engineers (firm); John Graham Jr. (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

Pike Street and 5th Avenue
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101

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The Stimson Center was planned for the block bounded by Pike Street on the north, Union Street on the south, Fifth Avenue on the west and Sixth Avenue on the east.

Graham Development Services, a subsidiary of the Seattle architecture and engineering firm, John Graham and Company, sought to erect this $200 million office building, but failed to do so due to financial issues, the center's scale and other environmental concerns. The failure of this project hastened the demise of the Graham Development Services subsidiary in early 1986, and also precipitated the merger of John Graham and Company with the Omaha architecture and engineering firm, Dana, Larson, Roubal and Associates in 1986.


Several company officials left recently after the firm's efforts as a developer became involved in public controversy. Graham Development Services, a subsidiary, proposed developing the $200 million, multi-use Stimson Center that Graham designed for the block bounded by Pike and Union streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues. But the project was halted by environmental disputes, partly over its bulky design, and financial difficulties, highlighted when a major Seattle law firm pulled out as a development partner and major tenant. The subsidiary was dismantled earlier this year.

PCAD id: 8989