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1201 Third Avenue

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1201 Third Avenue formerly Washington Mutual Tower is a 23531 m 7720 ft, 55-story skyscraper in Downtown Seattle, Washington It is the second tallest building in the city, the eighth tallest on the West Coast of the United States, and the 74th tallest in the United States Developed by Wright Runstad & Company, construction began in 1986 and finished in 1988 1201 Third Avenue was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and The McKinley Architects The building was the world headquarters of the financial company Washington Mutual from the building's opening until 2006, when the company moved across the street to the WaMu Center renamed the Russell Investments Center after the bank collapsed in 2008


  • 1 History
  • 2 Appearances in the media
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Kohn Pedersen Fox was hired to design the tower while visiting Seattle to be interviewed as a possible candidate for the job of designing the Seattle Art Museum It was the first major office building built under Seattle’s 1985 downtown zoning plan, largely implemented in response to the Columbia Center, which called for height limits, interesting profiles, and height and density bonuses for public amenities to create a 24-hour downtown5 The tower took advantage of all the height bonuses for public amenities that the 1985 plan called for including an entrance to the Metro Bus Tunnel later renamed the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, retail space, day care, public plaza, sculptured top, hillside public escalators, and lobby/atrium public access, as well as donating $25 million for off-site housing6 By providing the amenities the designers were able to add 28 stories to the tower and almost double the base floor area ratio of the site6 The building was built on the site of the 12-story Savoy Hotel which was imploded in 1986; however, the architects incorporated the historic Brooklyn Building into the design of the tower

The New York Times named it one of the three best new office buildings in the United States in 1988, and in the May 1989 issue of Architecture Magazine Walter McQuade called it "perhaps the best recent addition to any US skyline" Paul Goldberger said of the tower, “The building seems proud of its height; for all its classical elements it has a certain sleekness, and in this sense it is characteristic of our time, at least in intention, for it bespeaks a desire to combine the formal imagery of classicism and the energizing aura of modernity”7 Seattlites have voted the 55-story skyscraper as one of their favorite buildings The building is managed by Wright Runstad & Company

Appearances in the mediaedit

  • A CGI version of this building makes an appearance on the teaser trailer for the film Inception 2010 It is found toward the end of the trailer on the curved cityscape where the movie's namesake has been carved out8

See alsoedit

  • Seattle portal
  • Architecture portal
  • List of skyscrapers
  • List of tallest buildings in Seattle
  • List of tallest buildings in the United States


  1. ^ "1201 Third Avenue" CTBUH Skyscraper Database 
  2. ^ 1201 Third Avenue at Emporis
  3. ^ "1201 Third Avenue" SkyscraperPage 
  4. ^ 1201 Third Avenue at Structurae
  5. ^ Egan, Timothy May 11, 1986 "A 55-Story Tower Inaugurates A New Downtown Zoning Plan" The New York Times Retrieved August 12, 2010 
  6. ^ a b Gregerson, John March 1990 "Seattle Tower Earns Its Place on the Skyline" Building Design & Construction Retrieved December 6, 2007 
  7. ^ Goldberger, Paul November 27, 1988 "Proud of Its Height, A New Tower Rules Over Seattle" The New York Times Retrieved August 12, 2010 
  8. ^ https://wwwyoutubecom/watchv=8hP9D6kZseM

External linksedit

  • Wright Runstad & Company website
  • 1201 Third Avenue website
  • Flickr Group: Washington Mutual Tower

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