Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Frye Art Museum, First Hill, Seattle, WA

ID: 6109
Construction Date: End Date: 1952
Notes: Tel: 206-622-9250 (2006).
Alteration Note: Addition by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen, in 1997. Noted Seattle landscape architect Richard Haag (b. 1923) and his firm Richard Haag Associates, Incorporated, did the courtyard garden for this addition. Monte Clark Engineering served as the structural engineer. RoseWater Engineering, Incorporated, (a subsidiary of Australian engineering giant, GHD,) performed the civil engineering, Affiliated Engineers, Incorporated handled the electrical and mechanical engineering and Skanska USA Building, Incorporated, was the general contractor. Bruck Richards Chaudiere were the acoustical engineers; two different lighting consultants worked on the addition: Michael McCafferty handled the gallery lighting, while Marietta Millett and UW Professor Joel Loveland produced the building lighting plan.
Building History: Seattle residents Charles and Emma Frye created a non-profit organization that could display their art collection. They commissioned architect Paul Thiry, Sr., to design the structure; just a few years previously, Thiry designed the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). Opened in 1952, it has offered free admission since its inception.
Structure Type: built works - exhibition buildings - museums
Locations: Structure:
704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA
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Exterior view of the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 2007; from Wikimedia Commons, photo by Joe Mabel