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Ten Seattle Buildings That Turn 100 In 2014

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1914 was the year Seattle grew up, architecturally-speaking. It's the year a 38-story, 462-foot tower at 506 Second Ave. was completed. The Smith Tower was, until 1931, the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi. It remained the tallest building on the west coast until something called the Space Needle took over.

Since then, fifteen other buildings have moved the Smith Tower down the list of tallest Seattle structures, but it remains a vital and historical part of our skyline.

Speaking of vital links to our past, it's not the only building in town turning 100 in 2014. Check out the map below that showcases ten notable buildings in and around town that hit the century mark this year. Marvel at their ability to last this long while pondering if they'll all still be here come 2114...

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1. Smith Tower

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506 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-4004
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At 462 feet, Smith Tower was the tallest building west of the Mississippi when developer Burns Lyman Smith officially opened it on July 4, 1914. Today, it's the 17-th tallest building in Seattle.

2. Queen Anne Branch Public Library

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400 West Garfield Street
Seattle, WA 98119

On January 1, 1914, the Queen Anne Branch, The Seattle Public Library opens at 4th Avenue W and W Garfield Street with a collection of 5,000 volumes. The building was designed by Seattle architects Woodruff Marbury Somervell and Harlan Thomas in the late Tudor Revival style, and was constructed at a cost of $32,667

3. Pier 66/Bell Street Pier

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2225 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121

Pier 66 is just about as old as the Port itself. It was one of the first six properties the Port developed after its formation in 1911; construction began in 1914.

4. UW Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity House

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5224 19th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA 98105

The Delta Kappa Epsilon house was constructed in 1914 at 5224 19th Avenue NE.

5. Firehouse No. 33

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10235 62nd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98178

Old Firehouse #33 was built in 1914 to accomodate a single, horse-drawn fire engine of the Seattle Fire Department. It was designed in a modified Tudor style to fit architecturally into the Lakeridge residential neighborhood near Rainier Beach. Today it's a private residence.

6. Belltown Lofts

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66 Bell Street
Seattle, WA 98121

Originally built in 1914, Belltown Lofts was renovated by Driscoll Architects and U-Arc Design in 2000. The building is actually composed of two structures, the old 1914 warehouse and a newer building on the north end.

7. Mount Baker Community Club

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2811 Mount Rainier Drive South
Seattle, WA 98144

Today, it's a place to intersect with neighbors. Back in 1914, it was the initial project built by the Mount Baker Improvement Club, originally know as the Mt. Baker Clubhouse.

8. Vashon Farmhouse

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16231 91st Avenue Southwest
Vashon, WA 98070

One of the few original 4 square houses on the island, it's currently for sale for $395K.

9. Green Gables Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast

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1503 2nd Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

For a long time, this 4-BR was the Green Gables Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast. These days it's a home that was recently on the market. Beautiful, original woodwork adorns the insides.

10. Charlie's Bar and Grill Building

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217 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 323-2535
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The famous Broadway institution opened in 1976 but the building it's located in was built in 1914. Back then, it was a furniture showroom.

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1. Smith Tower

506 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

At 462 feet, Smith Tower was the tallest building west of the Mississippi when developer Burns Lyman Smith officially opened it on July 4, 1914. Today, it's the 17-th tallest building in Seattle.

506 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

2. Queen Anne Branch Public Library

400 West Garfield Street, Seattle, WA 98119

On January 1, 1914, the Queen Anne Branch, The Seattle Public Library opens at 4th Avenue W and W Garfield Street with a collection of 5,000 volumes. The building was designed by Seattle architects Woodruff Marbury Somervell and Harlan Thomas in the late Tudor Revival style, and was constructed at a cost of $32,667

400 West Garfield Street
Seattle, WA 98119

3. Pier 66/Bell Street Pier

2225 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

Pier 66 is just about as old as the Port itself. It was one of the first six properties the Port developed after its formation in 1911; construction began in 1914.

2225 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121

4. UW Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity House

5224 19th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105

The Delta Kappa Epsilon house was constructed in 1914 at 5224 19th Avenue NE.

5224 19th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA 98105

5. Firehouse No. 33

10235 62nd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98178

Old Firehouse #33 was built in 1914 to accomodate a single, horse-drawn fire engine of the Seattle Fire Department. It was designed in a modified Tudor style to fit architecturally into the Lakeridge residential neighborhood near Rainier Beach. Today it's a private residence.

10235 62nd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98178

6. Belltown Lofts

66 Bell Street, Seattle, WA 98121

Originally built in 1914, Belltown Lofts was renovated by Driscoll Architects and U-Arc Design in 2000. The building is actually composed of two structures, the old 1914 warehouse and a newer building on the north end.

66 Bell Street
Seattle, WA 98121

7. Mount Baker Community Club

2811 Mount Rainier Drive South, Seattle, WA 98144

Today, it's a place to intersect with neighbors. Back in 1914, it was the initial project built by the Mount Baker Improvement Club, originally know as the Mt. Baker Clubhouse.

2811 Mount Rainier Drive South
Seattle, WA 98144

8. Vashon Farmhouse

16231 91st Avenue Southwest, Vashon, WA 98070

One of the few original 4 square houses on the island, it's currently for sale for $395K.

16231 91st Avenue Southwest
Vashon, WA 98070

9. Green Gables Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast

1503 2nd Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119

For a long time, this 4-BR was the Green Gables Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast. These days it's a home that was recently on the market. Beautiful, original woodwork adorns the insides.

1503 2nd Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

10. Charlie's Bar and Grill Building

217 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

The famous Broadway institution opened in 1976 but the building it's located in was built in 1914. Back then, it was a furniture showroom.

217 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102