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Colman Building

Seattle Tourist Attractions--Downtown Architecture

 

Built 1890, remodeled 1906 and 1929, restored 1982

811 First Avenue

 

Colman Building

 

This six-story handsome building sits at the end of downtown before the start of the Pioneer Square District.  It was built in several stages and it features a Heinz 57 mixture of architectural styles including Art Deco and Classical Revival.  This building's roots date back to the Klondike Gold Rush when it housed a clothing retailer, a hardware store, and a grocer.

In muted sunlight, the front of this building is quite striking and represents the best of Seattle's old architecture.  It sits across the street from the lovely Old Federal Office Building. 

 

Colman Building Entrance

Main building entrance

 

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