Thursday, January 29, 2009

Smith Tower Annex

2nd and Yesler, Pioneer Square

Fun Fact! The stone building in the forefront was once G.O. Guys drugstore, and is where former Seattle Police Chief William Meredith was shot and killed by John Considine while defending himself against Meredith.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mutual Life Insurance

605 First Avenue South
1st and Yesler (seen from Post Ave.)

Fun Facts:
-This building is on the original site of Yesler's Cookhouse.
-When built, it was called The Yesler Building.
-Mutual Life bought the building in 1897
-The building was restored in the 1980's
-Prior to it's restoration and current owner Historic Seattle, the building had four owners: Henry Yesler, the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, Shafer Brothers Land Company, and Dr. S. T. Magnuson.

Click on the bottom photo to enlarge. There are three additional ghost signs visible in this photo: the Black Bear Beans sign, the Lovera Cigars sign and a third "..ale.." which I can't quite figure out.

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