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Mutual Life Building

1897

 
 
Mutual Life Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2011
1. Mutual Life Building Marker
Inscription. This modified Romanesque Revival building of brick and terra cotta complements the nearby Pioneer Building. It has been home to such varied businesses as a speakeasy (1920s), elegant cigar store (1930s), and ice cream parlor. Site of Henry Yesler’s Cookhouse (1854-66) and First National Bank (1882).
 
Erected by Assistance League of Seattle.
 
Location. 47° 36.116′ N, 122° 20.051′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Yesler Way on 1st Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 605 Ist Avenue, Seattle WA 98104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pioneer Square Pergola (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Merchant’s Cafe (within shouting distance of this marker); Schwabacher’s Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Maynard Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Yesler's Pavillion (about 300 feet away); Interurban Building (about 400 feet away); First School in Seattle (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
 
Also see . . .
Mutual Life Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2011
2. Mutual Life Building Marker
 Mutual Life Building, 601-607 First Avenue, Seattle, WA (Historic American Buildings Survey). (Submitted on November 9, 2016.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Mutual Life Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2011
3. Mutual Life Building
The Nearby Pioneer Building image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller
4. The Nearby Pioneer Building
As seen from 1st Avenue across Pioneer Square Park
<i>Mutual Life Building, 601-607 First Avenue...</i> image. Click for full size.
By Kenneth Grossman, 1983
5. Mutual Life Building, 601-607 First Avenue...
Significance: The Mutual Life Building is an example of Victorian Romanesque architecture typical of the buildings in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square. Designed to two prominent Seattle architects, Elmer Fisher and James E. Blackwell, it was constructed after the great Seattle fire of 1889. The site of the building is significant in Seattle's history as that of Henry Yesler's cookhouse, the city's first restaurant and public space. The building's location across from Pioneer Square and its pergola make it a prominent part of the historic fabric of the district. - Historic American Buildings Survey
Mutual Life Building - Wide View image. Click for full size.
October 24, 2016
6. Mutual Life Building - Wide View
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 443 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 9, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on September 16, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5, 6. submitted on November 9, 2016. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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