Hoge Building

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Hoge Building
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Hoge Building is located in Seattle WA Downtown
Hoge Building
Location within downtown Seattle
Record height
Tallest in Seattle from 1911 to 1914[I]
Preceded byAlaska Building
Surpassed bySmith Tower
General information
Address705 Second Avenue
Seattle, Washington
Named forJames D. Hoge, Jr.
Construction started1909
Roof205 feet (62 m)
Technical details
Floor count17
Design and construction
Architect(s)Bebb & Mendel
Hoge Building
LocationSeattle, Washington
Coordinates47°36′10.79″N 122°20′1.10″W / 47.6029972°N 122.3336389°W / 47.6029972; -122.3336389Coordinates: 47°36′10.79″N 122°20′1.10″W / 47.6029972°N 122.3336389°W / 47.6029972; -122.3336389
ArchitectBebb & Mendel
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts
NRHP reference No.83003339 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 14, 1983
Designated SEATLSeptember 10, 1984[2]

The Hoge Building is a 17-story building constructed in 1911 by, and named for James D. Hoge, a banker and real estate investor, on the northwest corner of Second Avenue and Cherry Street in Seattle, Washington. The building was constructed primarily of tan brick and terracotta built over a steel frame in the architectural style of Second Renaissance Revival with elements of Beaux Arts. It was the tallest building in Seattle from 1911 to 1914, until the completion of Smith Tower.


The site of the Hoge building, at 705 Second Avenue, was the location of the cabin of Carson Boren, reputedly the first white man's house in what was to become Seattle.[4] The cabin was later replaced by a row of 1 and 2 story shops facing Cherry Street which would all be destroyed by the Great Seattle fire.[5] Hoge's uncle, John Hoge, a wealthy businessman of Zanesville, Ohio purchased the site soon after the fire and erected a three-story brick building to house his company: Washington Territorial Investment Company, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Washington National Bank, and several other small businesses. Hoge would form Union Trust & Savings Bank (later renamed Seattle Trust Bank and merged with Seafirst Bank) in 1903 which would become the ground-floor tenant of his new building.

Hoge commissioned the architectural firm of Charles Bebb and Louis Mendel to design the building. Construction began in March 1911. The steel frame of the building was constructed at an amazing pace, with all 18 stories completed in 30 days, a feat which broke all records at the time. Reportedly, the building was designed with special concern by the architects for seismic events as a result of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

One of the last branches of Dexter Horton Bank was housed in the building in 1991 after being moved from its own building.[6] The ground floor previously contained a Bank of America branch but as of January 2020, the commercial space is vacant. The building was owned by the Hoge family until being sold in 1986.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ "Landmarks and Designation". City of Seattle. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
  3. ^ "Emporis building ID 119465". Emporis. Archived from the original on May 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Bagley, Clarence (1916). History of Seattle. Vol. II. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. OCLC 7372062.
  5. ^ Fire Insurance Map of Seattle, Washington Territory. (First edition). New York: Sanborn Map and Publishing Company, 1888
  6. ^ Richard Buck (17 May 1991). "Banking in Grand Old Style Ends". The Seattle Times.
  7. ^ Polly Lane (6 February 1986). "Landmark Hoge Building Sold". The Seattle Times. p. F6.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl (1994). Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-97365-X.
  • Kreisman, Lawrence (1985). Historic Preservation in Seattle (First ed.). Seattle: Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority. OCLC 12824826.

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