Seattle Construction- 1890
There is an insufficient amount of articles or sources available to the public which chronicle what construction job sites in Seattle for four-story buildings looked like in 1890. Some articles have been presented below, which describe four-story buildings that were built between 1890 to 1899 and their sites.
WASHINGTON PARK BUILDING
- The article which describes Washington Park Building and its current picture can be accessed via this link.
- The building is a four-story, 36,000-square-foot building containing offices. Its location is south of the central business district of Washington.
- Washington Park Building was constructed in 1890 during the period of "great rebuilding" after the 1889 fire disaster which devoured a large portion of Seattle.
- Construction sites of four-story buildings in 1890 had Carnegie steel beams around them. Several original Carnegie steel beams utilized in the original construction of four-story buildings are intact to this day.
- The site is connected to pedestrian access and numerous public transit options in a commercial district.
SEATTLE, WA 98109 BUILDING SITE PLAN
- The construction site plan of several buildings designed and built in the 1890s by architects based in Seattle, including those "platted in 1890," and a four-story condo is available via this link.
- The plan is relevant to several "multi story apartment buildings" with details such as window and brick type, entry locations (often at the middle of the buildings), etc. Architects based in Seattle, planned and built all buildings in the report. One building was platted in 1890 by a Seattle-based developer James A. Moore. We have assumed they all represent construction sites obtainable in Seattle as of 1890.
4739 RAINIER AVENUE SOUTH SEATTLE & OTHER BUILDINGS
- The building located at 4739 Rainier Avenue South and other buildings in Seattle built in the 1890s is described in a register accessible via this link.
- The article describes the site of a site of "four-story brick" and double-framed Italianate building that was erected in 1897.
- Multi-story buildings constructed between 1880 and 1890 by "Architects Josenhans and Allan" are in the article.
- The article also describes the "former site of two 4-story" high Victorian-era Italianate brick masonry buildings that were erected in 1895.
HISTORIC RESOURCES: PROPERTIES LOCATED IN SEATTLE
- Documentation of landmark resources, including properties constructed in Seattle as in the 1890s is available via this link.
- Two assembled, four-story buildings that originally date back to the 20th century are described in this article. One of them, which is the Grand Pacific Hotel, was built in 1898. The buildings were made mostly of fire-resistant materials and conform to Richardsonian Romanesque's style of brick masonry structures.
- These buildings were erected after the great Seattle fire that occurred in 1889. The Grand Pacific Hotel site has rusticated stones, voussoirs, as well as pier blocks at all ends of its east facade.
- Some materials and features used on the building are brick piers, cut stone, arches, and capitals. Other materials/features include spandrels made of square rustication, fourth-floor dentils that were topped by corbels, a cornice, as well as a raised parapet. The listed materials suggest that typical four-story building sites from the 1890s had stones, bricks, facades, etc.
POLK'S SEATTLE DIRECTORIES OF 1890
- Some four-story buildings which were documented in Polk's Seattle building directories in 1890 are accessible via this link.
- The building at 233 14th Ave, is said to be built in 1930. However, the site is documented in Polk's Seattle building directories of 1890 (about 40 years earlier than the recorded building date)
- The building site has a T-shaped plan and a poured concrete foundation. The cladding is brick and stones (cast), the roof is made flat with parapet.
PCAD — EPLER BUILDING, DOWNTOWN, SEATTLE, WA
- The four-story PCAD Epler Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA was constructed between 1889-1890 and demolished in 1923.
- The architects who were on the construction site are John Parkinson (1861-1935) and Cecil Evers (1866-1936).
- An exterior picture of the building and its surrounding is available at the PEMCO Webster & Stevens Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle.
- The building was designed with an eclectic style of Romanesque and Italianate details on the exterior.
619 2ND AVE, SEATTLE
- The structure at 619 2nd Ave, Seattle was built in 1892. An article describing the building and site is accessible via this link.
- The building was first designed as a four-story building and later modified to be taller.
- The site has a facade and is "fully clad in stone." The building has a rectangular plan.
- The interior of the structure consisted of cast-iron columns and steel girders which supported wood beams and floors. The street elevations faced north on Cherry Street as well as "east on Second Avenue."
- Additional description of the building and site are accessible via this link.
The research reviewed the Pacific Coast Architecture Database for articles or sources which chronicle what construction job sites for four-story buildings in Seattle were like in the 1890s. Uncovered insights described a four-story Epler Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA. No uncovered insights were generalizing what was obtainable on four-story construction sites in the 1890s. We investigated the features specific to the location of Epler Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA, during construction. The strategy uncovered two architects who were on the construction site as John Parkinson (1861-1935) and Cecil Evers (1866-1936). An exterior picture of the building and its surrounding site is available at the PEMCO Webster & Stevens Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle.
The study also studied publications of the government of Seattle for building site plans, reports, and documentation specific to four-story buildings. This strategy revealed the site plans for several buildings documented by architects in Seattle, including those "platted in 1890" and a four-story condo. We reviewed the peculiarities of the various sites. We assumed all sites planned, built, and documented in Seattle in the 1890s by Seattle-based architects illustrate and chronicle what construction was like in Seattle in the 1890s.
The study investigated real estate industry publications by Unico Properties, etc., for an illustration and chronicle of what construction sites of four-story buildings were like in Seattle in 1890s. We studied to uncover pictures of the construction sites. Unfortunately, photos at the time of construction were not available to the public. We also researched post-construction imagery to investigate the landscape and vital features that remained after the construction. The study reviewed documented structures that exist on the sites of construction. This strategy revealed that the site is connected to pedestrian access and numerous public transit options in a commercial district. A review for the time of construction/creation of the pedestrian and public transit paths connected to the site failed to reveal helpful insights.
The research reviewed academic and scholarly publications such as publications of the Pennsylvania State University, etc., for the nature of construction sites of four-story buildings in Seattle in the 1890s. There were no reports related to the nature of construction sites. A review for the quality/nature of building types and description of their environment revealed that structures built around the period were mostly fire-resistant according to the Richardsonian Romanesque style. Multi-story buildings constructed in Seattle in the 1890s were brick masonry structures.