Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Alaska Building

Second and Cherry, Downtown


- This is the city's first steel-framed skyscraper.
- Seattle's first "modern" skyscraper, the building is an "L" shape.
- Tallest building in Seattle from 1904 until 1911 when it was displaced by the Hoge Building one block north.
- Sold by the City of Seattle in August 2005 for $8.5 million to Kauri Investments, who had plans to convert the upper half of the building into 100 condo units.
- The building was purchased by American Life on December 6, 2007 for $38.7 million.
- The renovated building will have 200 hotel rooms and 36 apartments when it is reconstructed in 2009.
- Besides conversion to hotel space, a 37,377 square-foot addition to the existing structure was performed in 2008.

Amazing how blue it still is!

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