• Hotel Seattle at James St. and Yesler Way, ca. 1903

    Hotel Seattle at James St. and Yesler Way, ca. 1903

    Located in Pioneer Square at the intersection of Yesler Way, James Street and First Avenue, Hotel Seattle (also known as the Seattle Hotel) was constructed in 1890. It replaced the Occidental Hotel which burned down in the fire of 1889. In 1891, the building served as home to the Seattle Public Library. Around the time of the construction of the nearby Smith Tower in 1914, Hotel Seattle was converted from hotel use to an office building. By 1961, the building was abandoned and later torn down and replaced with a parking garage. This instigated a historic preservation movement in the Pioneer Square area to preserve other historic buildings before they could be demolished.

    Identifier: spl_pc_00822

    Date: 1903?

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  • Moscow Restaurant, December 9, 1953

    Moscow Restaurant, December 9, 1953

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    Seattle; Wash. Moscow Restaurant; Lakeview Blvd. Long a landmark in Seattle this Russian restaurant makes a picturesque scene. Photograph 1953.

    Identifier: spl_wl_res_00128

    Date: 1953-12-09

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  • Elk's Hall at 4th Ave. and Spring St., ca. 1910

    Elk's Hall at 4th Ave. and Spring St., ca. 1910

    Street view of Elk's Hall on Fourth Ave. and Spring Street.

    Identifier: spl_pc_00503

    Date: 1910?

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  • Residences on Capitol Hill, ca. 1905

    Residences on Capitol Hill, ca. 1905

    Street view of residences on Capitol Hill.

    Identifier: spl_pc_00606

    Date: 1905?

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  • Northern Life Tower, ca. 1930

    Northern Life Tower, ca. 1930

    One of the tallest and most beautiful buildings of the West, is the home of the Northern Life Insurance Co., originators of the Complete Coverage Insurance Policy Idea. The building stand at the corner of Third Avenue and University Street, Seattle, 429 feet above sea level and commands a sweeping view of the Puget Sound country. [Constructed between 1928 and 1929.]

    Identifier: spl_pc_00228

    Date: 1930?

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  • Federal Building at 3rd Ave. and Union St., ca. 1910

    Federal Building at 3rd Ave. and Union St., ca. 1910

    Street view of the Federal Building in downtown Seattle with the White-Henry-Stuart Building and the Pantages Theatre in the background. Construction on the Federal Building (also known as the U.S. Court House, Custom House and Post Office) began in 1903 and ended in 1908. The building was located at the intersection of Union Street and Third Avenue, which was being regraded at the time. The Third Avenue regrade left a gap of four feet down to the new sidewalk which resulted in a new set of stairs being added to the building's exterior. The building was demolished in 1958.

    Identifier: spl_pc_00413

    Date: 1910?

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  • Providence Hospital, ca. 1911

    Providence Hospital, ca. 1911

    Between 1907 and 1912, Seattle's Providence Hospital built a large new brick building, at a cost of one million dollars. Designed by Somervell & Cote, it was a full-service hospital with six operating rooms and a nursing school.

    Identifier: spl_pc_00904

    Date: 1911

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  • King Street Station, ca. 1906

    King Street Station, ca. 1906

    During the early 1900s, there was increasing interest in connecting railroads with Seattle. The high demand and competition between railways resulted in two railway stations being built directly next to each other at 4th Avenue and Jackson Street. King Street Station (which is depicted in this postcard) was constructed in 1906 and can be distinguished by its tower. Union Station, originally known as the Oregon and Washington Station, was constructed in 1911. (Alternative names for Union Station include the Union Depot and the Northern Pacific Great Northern Depot.) The postcard captioning can be confusing because both stations were sometimes referred to as "union stations" due to the fact that multiple railroad lines were shared within the same terminal. For a good example of the differences between Union Station and King Street Station see spl_pc_01011 where Union Station appears in the foreground and King Street Station appears in the background.

    Identifier: spl_pc_01002

    Date: 1906?

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  • Swedish Tabernacle at Bellevue Ave. and E. Pike St., ca. 1915

    Swedish Tabernacle at Bellevue Ave. and E. Pike St., ca. 1915

    Nowell, Frank H., 1864-1950

    Located at the corner of Bellevue Avenue and Pike Street, construction on the Swedish Tabernacle Church was completed in 1906 under the guidance of the architect, John A. Creutzer.

    Identifier: spl_pc_00314

    Date: 1915?

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  • King Street Station, ca. 1911

    King Street Station, ca. 1911

    During the early 1900s, there was increasing interest in connecting railroads with Seattle. The high demand and competition between railways resulted in two railway stations being built directly next to each other at 4th Avenue and Jackson Street. King Street Station (which is depicted in this postcard) was constructed in 1906 and can be distinguished by its tower. Union Station, originally known as the Oregon and Washington Station, was constructed in 1911. (Alternative names for Union Station include the Union Depot and the Northern Pacific Great Northern Depot.) Confusingly, both stations were sometimes referred to as "union stations" due to the fact that multiple railroad lines were shared within the same terminal. For a good example of the differences between Union Station and King Street Station see spl_pc_01011 where Union Station appears in the foreground and King Street Station appears in the background.

    Identifier: spl_pc_01013

    Date: 1911

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