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Burke Building Remnants

 
 
Burke Building Remnants Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 24, 2016
1. Burke Building Remnants Marker
Inscription.
This arch and other
architectural components
in the plaza are from the
Burke Building
which was built on this site
in 1895

 
Location. 47° 36.276′ N, 122° 20.088′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Marion Street, on the right when traveling south on 2nd Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 915 2nd Avenue, Seattle WA 98104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Exchange Building (within shouting distance of this marker); First Post Office in Seattle (within shouting distance of this marker); Start of Seattle Fire Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexis Hotel / Globe Building (about 500 feet away); The Holyoke Building (about 500 feet away); First School in Seattle (about 600 feet away); Colman Building (about 600 feet away); Carson D. Boren (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
 
Also see . . .  Henry M. Jackson Building (General Services Administration). ... The Henry M. Jackson Federal Building is a striking 37-story tower located within the Pioneer Square Commercial
Burke Building Arch and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 24, 2016
2. Burke Building Arch and Marker
The marker is visible here to the lower left of the arch.
Business District on the block bounded by First and Second avenues and Madison and Marian streets. The parcel of land is steep and slopes toward the waterfront and piers of Elliott Bay on Puget Sound. The site is the original location of the Romanesque Revival style Burke Building (1889-1891), which was constructed in the aftermath of the Great Seattle Fire. Local preservationists lobbied against the government's 1971 demolition of the Burke Building, which cleared the site for the new office tower. Although the project proceeded as planned, the architects incorporated architectural fragments of the landmark building into their design. Elements such as the Romanesque entry arch, which is part of the landscaped plaza on Second Avenue, represent a compromise that, though not prevalent today, was often employed in the early years of the historic preservation movement.
(Submitted on November 11, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Architecture
 
Burke Building Remnant - Rooftop Decorative Element image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 24, 2016
3. Burke Building Remnant - Rooftop Decorative Element
This remnant, which once graced the top front of the building (see next photo) is found on the outer perimeter of the plaza, on Marion Street.
Burke Building image. Click for full size.
Photograph courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives, circa 1900
4. Burke Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 11, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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