The Terminal Sales Building


When the Terminal Sales Building (1923 First Avenue) opened in 1923, the 10-story loft building was a unique sales and display center for distributors serving nearby stores. It sat in the developing retail core--Frederick and Nelson (where Nordstrom is today) had opened at Fifth and Pine streets in 1919, and the Bon Marche (now Macy's) moved to Third and Pine streets in 1929.

The expansive steel-sash industrial windows reveal the building's warehouse origins and contrast with the lavish Gothic-inspired terra cotta on each floor.

To learn more about this building, visit the City of Seattle's historical sites page.

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Terminal Sales Building, King County Property Record Card, Washington State Archives, 1937
Terminal Sales Building, photo by Joe Mabel, 2008

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This site is dedicated to the history of Seattle's downtown and waterfront, especially the State Route 99 / Alaskan Way Viaduct corridor. It was developed by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration as an educational resource and as part of a Memorandum of Agreement for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (pdf 1mb).

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