Fourth and Blanchard Building

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Fourth and Blanchard Building
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The Fourth and Blanchard Building as seen from the South at Virginia Street
Fourth and Blanchard Building is located in Seattle WA Downtown
Fourth and Blanchard Building
Location within downtown Seattle
General information
Typeoffice, government
Location2101 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, United States
Roof105 m (344 ft)
Technical details
Floor count25 (Above) 3 (Below)
Design and construction
ArchitectChester L. Lindsey Architects

The Fourth and Blanchard Building, also known as the Sedgwick James Building or the Darth Vader building,[2][3] is a skyscraper located in the Belltown neighborhood just north of downtown Seattle. The high-rise style construction rises to 105 meters (344 feet) and has 25 floors above the ground. Chester L. Lindsey Architects, notable as the architects of the Columbia Center, designed the building.[4] The building holds commercial office space. It is located in the Denny Regrade, on the site of what was once the highest point of Denny Hill, and is about one hundred feet taller than the peak of the former hill.[5]

The building was completed in 1979 and is clad in reflective glass. Its design is reminiscent of Houston's Pennzoil Place.[4]


  1. ^ "Fourth and Blanchard Building". SkyscraperPage.
  2. ^ Egan, Timothy (June 29, 1986). "Focus: Seattle; Creating An Office Empire". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
  3. ^ "the bell awards - Tom Graff (interview)". Belltown Messenger. June 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-06-17. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
  4. ^ a b Fourth & Blanchard Building, Seattle
  5. ^ Williams, David B.; Too High and Too Steep; University of Washington Press; 2015; p 147

Coordinates: 47°36′52″N 122°20′33″W / 47.61444°N 122.34250°W / 47.61444; -122.34250