Wells Fargo Center (Seattle)

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Wells Fargo Center
Wells Fargo Center (Seattle).jpg
Former names First Interstate Tower
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 999 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Coordinates 47°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
Completed 1983
Owner Ivanhoe Cambridge
Management Jones Lang LaSalle
Roof 174.96 m (574.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 47
Lifts/elevators 24
Design and construction
Architect McKinley Architects
Main contractor Howard S. Wright Construction

Wells Fargo Center is a skyscraper in Seattle, in the U.S. state of Washington. Formerly named First Interstate Center when completed in 1983, the 47-storey, 175-meter (574-foot) tower is now the ninth-tallest building in the city, and has 24 elevators and 87,400 m2 (941,000 sq ft) of rentable space.[4] The design work was done by The McKinley Architects, and it was owned by Chicago-based Equity Office Properties Trust. In 2013 the building was purchased by Canada's Ivanhoe Cambridge from Beacon Capital Partners of Boston.[5] The building was renamed after First Interstate Bancorp was taken over by Wells Fargo in 1986.

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.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wells Fargo Center (Seattle) at Emporis
  2. ^ "Wells Fargo Center". SkyscraperPage. 
  3. ^ Wells Fargo Center (Seattle) at Structurae
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ http://business.financialpost.com/2013/06/03/ivanhoe-cambridge-buys-47-story-wells-fargo-center-in-seattle-for-us390m/
  6. ^ About Moss Adams
  7. ^ Simburg Ketter home page