WaterFront Place


There is an intact block of early 20th century buildings between Pioneer Square and the Pike Place Market. These buildings were built as hotels in 1901 and had greatly deteriorated by the 1970s. They were renovated in 1983 as part of the Waterfront Place development.

The keystone building on the block is the Alexis Hotel, located at First Avenue and Marion Street. The Arlington and Grand Pacific buildings are now condominiums, and a new condominium tower (the Watermark Tower) was added at First Avenue and Seneca Street. Two warehouse buildings to the west on Western Avenue were renovated as offices.

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Waterfront Place, 1905. Photo courtesy of MOHAI PEMCO Webster & Stevens Collection 1983.10.7063
Waterfont Place (The Alexis Hotel), photo by Joe Mabel

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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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