Safeco Plaza (Seattle)

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Safeco Plaza
1001 Fourth Avenue Seattle Washington.jpg
Viewed from the 48th floor sundeck of Washington Mutual Tower
Alternative names 1001 Fourth Avenue Plaza
Seafirst Building
Seattle-First National Bank Building
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 1001 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°36′22″N 122°20′03″W / 47.6061°N 122.3341°W / 47.6061; -122.3341Coordinates: 47°36′22″N 122°20′03″W / 47.6061°N 122.3341°W / 47.6061; -122.3341
Construction started 1966
Completed 1969
Cost US$32 million
Owner CommonWealth Partners, CalPERS
Management CommonWealth Partners
Roof 192 m (630 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 50
Floor area 70,089 m2 (754,430 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 18
Design and construction
Architect Naramore, Bain, Bray, and Johanson
Developer Hines Interests Limited Partnership
Structural engineer Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Main contractor Howard S. Wright Construction Company

Safeco Plaza, previously 1001 Fourth Avenue Plaza, and the Seattle-First National Bank Building, is a 50-story, 192 m (630 ft) skyscraper in downtown Seattle, Washington. The building is referred to by locals as "The Box the Space Needle Came In".[5][6] When the tower was completed in 1969, it dwarfed Smith Tower, which had reigned as downtown's tallest building since 1914, and edged out the Space Needle (1962) in Seattle Center by 25 ft (7.6 m).[6] It was the first class-A office building in Seattle.

Safeco Insurance Company of America leased the building May 23, 2006 to be its headquarters, and renamed it Safeco Plaza.[7]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Safeco Plaza (Seattle) at CTBUH Skyscraper Database
  2. ^ Safeco Plaza (Seattle) at Emporis
  3. ^ Safeco Plaza (Seattle) at SkyscraperPage
  4. ^ Safeco Plaza (Seattle) at Structurae
  5. ^ Alan J. Stein (May 31, 1999). "Seattle First National Bank building is dedicated on March 28, 1969". HistoryLink. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Paul Dorpat (February 3, 2006). "Boxed In". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Safeco Corporation Form 8-K". United States Securities and Exchange Commission. May 23, 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 

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