Alaska Building, Seattle's first steel-framed skyscraper, is completed in 1904.

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From 1903 to 1904, Seattle's tallest building and first steel-framed skyscraper is constructed. The Alaska Building, located at the southeast corner of 2nd Avenue and Cherry Street, rises 14 stories high.

Eames & Young, a St. Louis architectural firm, with assistance by Seattle architects Saunders & Lawton, designed the building. The Alaska Building remained the tallest building in Seattle until the 18-story Hoge Building (705 2nd Avenue) was completed in 1911.


Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects ed. by Jeffrey Karl Ochsner (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994), xxiii, 76.

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