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Summary for between S. Jackson & 2nd Ave Extension / Parcel ID / Inv #

Historic Name: Union Station Square Common Name: Union Station Square
Style: Modern Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
Built By: Year Built:
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
The 1600 square foot triangle was created partially as a result of the Second Avenue Extension, the 1928-1929 public works project that cut a swath from Yesler Way to past Jackson Street, near the train terminals, obliterating the remains of the earliest Chinatown and slicing into buildings in its path. To create Union Station Square, the imposing Armour Building, described as nine stories by some writers, and seven stories by others, became one of these demolished buildings. A photo of 1921 shows the top 6 stories of that building, as seen from the lower level of King Street Station: The building was a typical Chicago School inspired building, with a strong “base,” “middle” and “top” and a projecting cornice at the top of the parapet. The demolition of the building and the 2nd Avenue Extension did, however, allow a new, unobstructed view of King Street Station’s well-known campanile, whose design was based on the campanile of Venice’s Piazza San Marco, as well a better view of Union Station.
Union Station Square is a triangle bounded by South Jackson Street, 3rd Avenue South and 2nd Avenue Extension. To the south of it, is King Street Station and to the southeast Union Station. It is bordered by sidewalks and for a long time also had an evergreen tree and a bus stop. It now has a landscaped sculpture plaza by Kenichi Nakano and Bill Will and has new trees in addition to a bus stop.

Detail for between S. Jackson & 2nd Ave Extension / Parcel ID / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Site District Status: NR, LR
Cladding(s): Concrete, Stone Foundation(s):
Roof Type(s): Roof Material(s):
Building Type: Landscape - Plaza Plan: Triangular
Structural System: No. of Stories:
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Community Planning/Development
Major Bibliographic References
Chin, Doug. Seattle’s International District: The Making of a Pan-Asian American Community. Seattle: International Examiner Press, 2001.
Potter, Elizabeth Walton. “Pioneer Square Historic District Expansion Amendment.” December 1976.
Baist, William. Baist’s Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Seattle, Wash. Philadelphia: W. G. Baist, 1905, 1908, 1912 and 1928.
Lentz, Florence. “Apex Building, 200-201 S. Washington Street, Historic Certification Application, Part 1.” 24 August 2003.
Dorpat, Paul. “Now and Then - Posted for Service.” The Seattle Times, 2002. Database on-line. Available from
“Union Station Square.” Sherwood History Files, Seattle Parks and Recreation. 1972-77. Database on-line. Available from

Photo collection for between S. Jackson & 2nd Ave Extension / Parcel ID / Inv #

Photo taken Aug 09, 2004
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