Wells Fargo Center (Seattle)

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Wells Fargo Center
Wells Fargo Center (Seattle).jpg
May 2012
Wells Fargo Center (Seattle) is located in Seattle WA Downtown
Wells Fargo Center (Seattle)
Location within downtown Seattle
Former namesFirst Interstate Tower
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location999 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Coordinates47°36′18″N 122°20′03″W / 47.605°N 122.3341°W / 47.605; -122.3341Coordinates: 47°36′18″N 122°20′03″W / 47.605°N 122.3341°W / 47.605; -122.3341
OwnerIvanhoé Cambridge
ManagementJones Lang LaSalle
Roof174.96 m (574.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count47
Floor area87,753 m2 (944,570 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectMcKinley Architects
Main contractorHoward S. Wright Construction
[1][2][3] [4]

Wells Fargo Center is a skyscraper in Seattle, in the U.S. state of Washington. Formerly named First Interstate Center when completed 36 years ago in 1983, the 47-story, 574-foot (175 m) tower is now the ninth-tallest building in the city, and has 24 elevators and 941,000 square feet (87,400 m2) of rentable space.[5] The design work was done by The McKinley Architects, and it was owned by Chicago-based EQ Office.

In 2013, the building was purchased by Canada's Ivanhoé Cambridge from Beacon Capital Partners of Boston.[6] The building was renamed after First Interstate Bancorp was taken over by Wells Fargo in 1996.

The exterior façade Wells Fargo Center is composed of a six-sided, steel-framed tower that features a combination of tinted continuous double-glazed glass and polished spring rose granite panels. As is common with buildings in downtown Seattle, the Wells Fargo Center rests on a slope. The eastern entrance facing Third Avenue is slightly more than two stories higher than the Western side facing Second Avenue. On the west side, the building has a public hill-climb on two flights of outdoor escalators that were encased in clear tubes until 2006 when they were updated with a simpler, yet more modern glass roof. The building has three levels of outdoor plazas.

The site was previously occupied by the 12-story Olympic National Life building, which was demolished by implosion on the morning of Sunday, February 28, 1982. It was the first demolition by implosion in downtown Seattle.[7][8] One of the city's first steel skyscrapers, it was built in 1906 and was also known as the American Savings Bank and the Empire Building.[9][10]


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  1. ^ Wells Fargo Center at Emporis
  2. ^ "Wells Fargo Center". SkyscraperPage.
  3. ^ Wells Fargo Center at Structurae
  4. ^ "Wells Fargo Center". Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  5. ^ Warren, James R.; Henry Gordon; Karen Milburn (1986). Where Mountains Meet the Sea: An Illustrated History of Puget Sound. Northridge, CA: Windsor Publications. p. 243. ISBN 0-89781-175-5.
  6. ^ http://business.financialpost.com/2013/06/03/ivanhoe-cambridge-buys-47-story-wells-fargo-center-in-seattle-for-us390m/
  7. ^ Walker, Nick (February 28, 1982). "Seattle building implosion: Olympic National Life Building implosion, Feb. 28, 1982". YouTube. (Seattle, Washington). KIRO-TV. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Imploded: 650 pounds of explosive jelly and six seconds". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. March 1, 1982. p. 22.
  9. ^ "Going, going, going...gone". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 1, 1982. p. 5A.
  10. ^ Dorpat, Paul (March 2, 2017). "Seattle has had two uppercase Big Snows — the most recent in 1916". Seattle Times. (Pacific Northwest).
  11. ^ About Moss Adams
  12. ^ Simburg Ketter home page