Exchange Building (Seattle)

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Exchange Building
Seattle - Exchange Building 01.jpg
Exchange Building, seen from across the street to the north on the grounds of the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building.
Exchange Building (Seattle) is located in Seattle WA Downtown
Exchange Building (Seattle)
Location within downtown Seattle
Alternative names United Exchange Building
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 821 Second Avenue
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°36′15″N 122°20′05″W / 47.604254°N 122.334814°W / 47.604254; -122.334814Coordinates: 47°36′15″N 122°20′05″W / 47.604254°N 122.334814°W / 47.604254; -122.334814
Completed 1930
Owner Beacon Capital Partners =
Roof 83.82 m (275.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 23
Floor area 27,549 m2 (296,530 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect John Graham & Associates
Mithun Architects
Main contractor Turner Construction
Designated April 16, 1990[1]

The Exchange Building is a 23-story (275 ft) Art Deco office building located in the central business district of Seattle, Washington. It was designed to house the Seattle Stock Exchange by John Graham & Associates and completed in 1930.

John Graham, an English-born architect, also designed many other landmark Seattle buildings, including the downtown Frederick & Nelson (now Nordstrom), the downtown Bon Marché (now a Macy's), and the Dexter Horton Building.[5]

At the time of its completion, the Exchange Building was the second-tallest reinforced concrete skyscraper in the United States.[6] In addition to many of Seattle’s commodity market exchanges, early tenants included General Electric, Standard Oil, Edison Lamp Works, and Underwriters Laboratories. Later tenants included Pacific Northwest Bell and King County Metro (formally Seattle Metro). As of 2016 major tenants include the Slalom Consulting, Deloitte Digital, and Nuance Communications.

Landmark status was awarded April 20, 1990.[6][7] The Exchange Building won the "Office Building of the Year" award from the Building Owners and Managers Association in 2002.[6]


  1. ^ "Landmarks and Designation". City of Seattle. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  2. ^ Exchange Building (Seattle) at Emporis
  3. ^ "Exchange Building". SkyscraperPage. 
  4. ^ Exchange Building (Seattle) at Structurae
  5. ^ DLR Group, Top Projects of the Century in Washington State, The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, December 9, 1999. Accessed 3 December 2007.
  6. ^ a b c Exchange Building, Seattle, Emporis. Accessed 3 December 2007.
  7. ^ Council Bill Number: 107875, Ordinance Number: 115038, City of Seattle Legislative Information Service. Accessed 3 December 2007.