Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Norton, Matthew G., Building #2, Seattle, WA

ID: 5120
Construction Date: Start Date: 1956
End Date: 1959
Notes: Clad in aluminum, the Norton Building stood 17 stories high, the tallest structure in Seattle, WA, at the time. (Garage and mezzanine floors add 2 stories to make 19.) In 1960, the American Institute of Architects, Seattle Chapter, gave the Norton Building an Honor Award. Tel: (206) 464-5220 (2009);
Building History: Like the contemporary Crown Zellerbach Building, Skidmore Owings and Merrill's San Francisco branch designed this significant, early, curtain-walled, International Style skyscraper office tower. Myron Goldsmith of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's San Francisco Office was active in the Seattle Skyscraper's design. Seattle architects, Bindon and Wright, served as local, associated architects with SOM on this building. (SOM was not licensed to practice architecture in the State of Washington at this time.) A sculpture by Northwest artist Philip McCracken (b. 1928) stood on the exterior plaza. Matthew G. Norton was an early real estate investor in Seattle; the building was erected by his grandson, Norton B. Clapp (1906-1995).
Assessor Number: King County Parcel #0939000355;
Structure Size: Number of Floors: 17
Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings
Locations: Structure:
801 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA
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