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The Emerald (building)

Coordinates: 47°36′38″N 122°20′26″W / 47.61056°N 122.34056°W / 47.61056; -122.34056
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The Emerald
The Emerald (building) is located in Seattle WA Downtown
The Emerald (building)
Location within downtown Seattle
General information
Location1613 2nd Avenue
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Coordinates47°36′38″N 122°20′26″W / 47.61056°N 122.34056°W / 47.61056; -122.34056
Construction startedJuly 2017
Topped-outJuly 2019
CompletedOctober 2020
Architectural439 ft (134 m)
Top floor400 ft (120 m)
Technical details
Floor count40
Design and construction
Architecture firmHewitt Architects
DeveloperDaniels Create World Seattle, LLC
Main contractorAndersen Construction
Other information
Number of units262 condominiums
Parking63 spaces

The Emerald is a mixed-use 40-story skyscraper in downtown Seattle, Washington, United States. The tower includes 262 luxury condominiums, retail space, and amenity spaces on outdoor terraces. It began construction in July 2017 and was completed in October 2020.


The site, at the southwest corner of 2nd Avenue and Stewart Street, was home to the two-story Ames Building (also known as the MJA Building) from 1914 to 2017.[2][3] Atlanta-based real estate developers Wood Partners filed plans to develop a 400-foot (120 m) residential tower at the site in March 2014, while property owner Principal Global Investors submitted the Ames Building for landmark status.[3] The Landmarks Preservation Board rejected landmark status for the Ames Building in August, allowing for it to be demolished for the new tower.[4] Wood Partners and Hewitt Architects submitted an initial design plan to the city in December, proposing that the tower's upper 24 stories cantilever over the adjacent Broadacres Building.[5]

After a series of design review meetings in 2015, the number of residential units in the building was reduced from 230 to 177, and the number of parking spaces was increased and split between underground and above-grade levels.[6] The project and property was sold to a Chinese developer, Create World America, for $17.1 million in June 2016, with plans to convert the residential units into condominiums.[7] A revised design with 266 condominiums, additional retail space, and reduced, underground-only parking was unveiled in January 2017, along with the building's name, "The Emerald", inspired by Seattle's nickname of the "Emerald City".[8]

Construction of The Emerald began in July 2017 and it was topped out two years later.[9] It was originally scheduled to be complete by March 2020, but was pushed back to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[10][11] As of February 2020, 25 percent of units at The Emerald had been reserved by buyers.[12] The building was completed in October 2020.[13]


The Emerald is 40 stories tall, consisting of a two-story glass podium with 4,600 square feet (430 m2) of retail space and 38 stories of condominiums.[14] The building's 262 condominiums include one-, two-, and three-bedroom units that range from 569 to 1,189 square feet (52.9 to 110.5 m2).[9] The upper floors include 22 penthouse units that cost between $2 million and $10.5 million for a 4,000-square-foot (370 m2) unit.[15] The upper 23 floors cantilever 14 feet (4.3 m) over the adjacent Broadacres Building, expanding the floorplate from 7,350 square feet (683 m2) at street level to 9,100 square feet (850 m2).[8][16] Two amenity areas, located on the rooftop and on the third floor, include a fitness center, pet spa, yoga studio, and outdoor balconies with views of Pike Place Market and the Olympic Mountains.[8][13] Residents also have access to a fleet of on-demand Tesla electric cars through a smartphone app.[17] The Emerald has 62 parking stalls, the lowest stalls-per-unit ratio of any new residential building in Downtown Seattle, and has 20 additional spaces leased from the adjacent Thompson Hotel.[12]


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  2. ^ "Summary for 1613 2nd Ave". Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Porter, Lynn (April 1, 2014). "Wood Partners eyes 2nd & Stewart tower". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "1613 Second Avenue not a city landmark". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. August 8, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Stiles, Marc (December 8, 2014). "Stretching out: Proposed Second Avenue high-rise may jut out over Broadacres Building". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "39-story tower eyed for 2nd and Stewart site". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. September 29, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  7. ^ Stiles, Marc (June 10, 2016). "Chinese company plans condo high-rise by Pike Place Market". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "On the Block: Create World revises design for condo tower". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. January 12, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Daniels tops off The Emerald". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. July 25, 2019. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  10. ^ Zhou, Nuoya (July 20, 2017). "Construction starts on condo tower by Pike Place Market". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  11. ^ Stiles, Marc (August 14, 2020). "New condo tower near Pike Place Market cuts asking prices". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Khashimova Long, Katherine (February 7, 2020). "A tower of luxury condos with almost no parking? This experiment seems to be failing". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Create World finishes 40-story Emerald condos near Pike Place". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. October 23, 2020. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  14. ^ "Create World cues up The Emerald, and 1914 building is coming down". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. July 10, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  15. ^ Khashimova Long, Katherine (December 20, 2019). "Waterfront penthouse, Tesla included: $11 million". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  16. ^ "The Emerald". Hewitt Architects. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  17. ^ Levy, Nat (April 22, 2019). "This new Seattle high-rise condo tower will come with a fleet of Teslas that residents can rent". GeekWire. Retrieved April 22, 2019.