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HIstoric Seattle
The text of this extensive article was written by Larry Johnson. "On August 2, 2006 the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board designated the Eitel Building at 1501 Second Avenue as a City landmark with a vote of 6-1. As part of its ongoing effort to preserve historically significant structures downtown during the City's new increased height and density program, Historic Seattle has focused on this grande dame from the past. The Eitel Building at the corner of Second and Pike was built in 1904 as a medical professional high-rise office building with a drug store and other retail businesses on the first floor. The designer was noted local architect William Doty Van Siclen and the building features a steel frame." The web site also noted: "The Eitels particularly courted medical professionals as tenants, probably making the building the first building in the United States designed from the beginning for this use."
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