Henry M. Jackson Federal Building

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Henry M. Jackson Federal Building
Seattle - Jackson Federal Building 02.jpg
The portal arch of the former Burke Building completed in 1891[1] stands in the foreground.
Alternative names JFB
The Federal Center
General information
Type Government offices
Location 915 Second Avenue
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°36′16″N 122°20′07″W / 47.6044°N 122.3354°W / 47.6044; -122.3354Coordinates: 47°36′16″N 122°20′07″W / 47.6044°N 122.3354°W / 47.6044; -122.3354
Construction started 1971
Completed 1974
Roof 148 m (486 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 37
Design and construction
Architect Bassetti Architects
John Graham & Company
Structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Main contractor Hoffman Construction Company

The Henry M. Jackson Federal Building (JFB) is a 37-story United States Federal Government skyscraper in downtown Seattle, Washington. Located on the block bounded by Marion and Madison Streets and First and Second Avenues, the building was completed in 1974 and won the Honor Award of the American Institute of Architects in 1976.[5] It received its current name after the death of U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson in 1983.[2] Architects for the project were Bassetti/Norton/Metler/Rekevics and John Graham & Associates.

Among the structures torn down to build the federal building were the Richardsonian Romanesque[6] Burke Building (built 1889–91),[2][7] the Hotel Stevens,[citation needed] and the Tivoli Theater, a burlesque house.[7] It is located across from the Old Federal Building.


  1. ^ "ArchitectDB Structes Burke Building". University of Washington. 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Henry M. Jackson Federal Building at Emporis
  3. ^ Henry M. Jackson Federal Building at SkyscraperPage
  4. ^ Henry M. Jackson Federal Building at Structurae
  5. ^ "AIA Seattle honor awards". AIA Seattle. 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Heather MacIntosh (May 2003). "Seattle's Canyon of Dreams: Preservation along Second Avenue". Preservation Seattle. Historic Seattle. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Jones, Nard (1972). Seattle. Doubleday. p. 21. ISBN 0-385-01875-4. 

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