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Summary for Pioneer Place / Parcel ID 093900160 / Inv #

Historic Name: Chief Seattle Fountain Common Name: Chief Seattle Fountain
Style: Other Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
Built By: Year Built: 1909
In the opinion of the survey, this property is located in a potential historic districe (National and/or local).
The bust of Chief Seattle in Pioneer Place was sculpted by James Wehn and completed in 1909. It has been part of Pioneer Place since that time and appeared in the public square around the same time as Julian Everett's Pergola. These additions to Pioneer Place also coincide with the Alaska Yukon Exposition of 1909-1910, which was located on the new campus of the University of Washington and drew many visitors to Seattle, enhancing Seattle's image as a new city of rising importance, as well as the gateway to Alaska and the Yukon. The bust is a permanent part of Pioneer Place. James Wehn, in his day, was a noted Seattle sculptor, who had spent his youth as an orphan and a protégé of Father Francis Xavier Prefontaine, the head of Seattle's first Catholic parish. The lower fountain portion of the work has apparently been restored, while the statue retains the essential artistic qualities that have always distinguished it. Also see entry for Pioneer Place.
This bust of Chief Seattle was completed by sculptor James Wehn in 1909. The bust is part of a fountain, which once served as watering trough for dogs and horses. The fountain itself is wide and circular in plan and the bust, supported on a representation of rocks, is set to the side of the circle.

Detail for Pioneer Place / Parcel ID 093900160 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Object District Status: NR, LR
Cladding(s): Metal Foundation(s):
Roof Type(s): Roof Material(s):
Building Type: Recreation and Culture - Monument/Marker Plan: Other
Structural System: No. of Stories:
Unit Theme(s): Arts, Commerce, Community Planning/Development
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
Curtis, Asahel. “Chief Seattle fountain for horses and dogs, Pioneer Square, Seattle.” Photo. 1909. Asahel Curtis Photo Company Collection. Manuscripts and Special Collections, University of Washington.
Layman, Earl. “Pioneer Building, Pergola and Totem Pole,” Multiple Property Nomination.
Sherwood, Don. “Pioneer and Occidental Squares.” Sherwood History Files. Seattle Parks and Recreation.1972-77.Database on-line. Available from

Photo collection for Pioneer Place / Parcel ID 093900160 / Inv #

Photo taken Dec 08, 2004
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