Historical Background

Arrangement

Scope and Content

Digital Content

Restrictions on Access

Custodial History

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Inventory

Subject Terms


Guide to the William P. Romans Alaska Building Photographs



PH Collection No.: 592
Creator: Romans, William P. , photographer
Title: William P. Romans Alaska Building Photographs
Date Span: 1904
Quantity: 13 photographic prints (1 box)
Location: K0182
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Steel beam construction up to fifteenth floor, decorative brick and concrete work up to sixth floor, 1904. Special Collections, UW Libraries, #592.12

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Historical Background

After the disastrous fire of 1889, Seattle's tallest building and first steel-framed skyscraper was constructed. The Alaska Building, built from 1903 to 1904 at the southeast corner of 2nd Avenue and Cherry Street, rose fourteen stories high. Earmes & Young, a St. Louis architectural firm, with assistance from Seattle architects Saunders & Lawton, designed the building. The Alaska Building remained the tallest building in Seattle until the eighteen-story Hoge Building (located at 705 2nd Avenue) was completed in 1911.

Arrangement

Photographs are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of thirteen photographs of the Alaska Building construction, 1903-1904.

All of the photographs were taken by William P. Romans, a Seattle photographer in partnership with photographer Asahel Curtis in the early 1900s.

Digital Content

View the digital version of the collection.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to the public.

Custodial History

The photographs were transferred from the Seattle photographs file, 2004.

Acquisition Info

Gift of Robert Dunn, 1989.

Processing Info

Processed by Jill M. Dalager, 2004.


Inventory

 
Folder Item Date
11Construction workers and horses working in the excavation for the foundation   View imageMay 23, 1904
 
22Construction workers and horses beginning to install steel beams in foundation   View imageJune 7, 1904
 
33Construction workers and horses installing steel beams in foundation   View imageJune 14, 1904
 
44Construction workers laying boards on first floor   View imageJune 21, 1904
 
55Construction work on second and third floor wall beams   View imageJune 28, 1904
 
66 Steel beam frame construction up to sixth floor   View imageJuly 19, 1904
 
77Steel beam frame construction up to eighth floor   View imageJuly 26, 1904
 
88Steel beam frame construction up to eleventh floor   View imageAug. 2, 1904
 
99Decorative brick and concrete facade on first floor   View imageAug. 9, 1904
 
1010Steel frame construction of Alaska Building seen from roof of building next door   View imageAug. 15, 1904
 
1111Steel beam construction up to fifteenth floor, decorative brick and concrete work up to second floor   View imageAug. 17, 1904
 
1212Steel beam construction up to fifteenth floor, decorative brick and concrete work up to sixth floor   View imageAug. 29, 1094
 
1313Exterior brick walls with wooden scaffolding   View imageSept. 5, 1904

Subject Terms

Organizations:
Earmes and Young.
Saunders and Lawton.
Subjects:
Building--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Historic buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Geographic Names:
Seattle (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs.
Genre Headings:
Architectural photographs.
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