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Exchange Building (Seattle)

Coordinates: 47°36′15″N 122°20′05″W / 47.604254°N 122.334814°W / 47.604254; -122.334814
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Exchange Building
Exchange Building (Seattle) is located in Seattle WA Downtown
Exchange Building (Seattle)
Location within downtown Seattle
Alternative namesUnited Exchange Building
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location821 Second Avenue
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates47°36′15″N 122°20′05″W / 47.604254°N 122.334814°W / 47.604254; -122.334814
OwnerBeacon Capital Partners
Roof83.82 m (275.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count23
Floor area27,549 m2 (296,530 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect(s)John Graham & Associates
Mithun Architects
Main contractorTurner Construction
DesignatedApril 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 Slalom Consulting, Deloitte Digital, and Nuance Communications.

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


  1. ^ "Landmarks and Designation". City of Seattle. Archived from the original on 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
  2. ^ "Emporis building ID 119496". Emporis. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Exchange Building". SkyscraperPage.
  4. ^ Exchange Building 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.