Location: 701 5th Avenue, Seattle
Height: 937 feet
Formerly Washington Mutual Tower, 1201 3rd Avenue was the home of WaMu until the bank’s headquarters moved. The tower is one of Seattle’s most distinct buildings and is vaguely reminiscent of the Empire State Building. It was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and The McKinley Architects.
Location: 1201 3rd Avenue, Seattle
Height: 772 feet
Two Union Square was designed by the firm of NBBJ—Floyd Naramore, William Bain, Clifton Brady and Perry Johanson. The tower has underground passages to nearby Seattle Hilton and Rainier Square.
Location: 601 Union St #4200, Seattle
Height: 740 feet
The Seattle Municipal Tower is home to Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities and a other government offices, hence its name. In the past, this 62-story skyscraper went by more commercial names—AT&T Gateway Tower and Key Bank Tower, and served as base to those companies as well as many other companies. The tower has restaurants located on its upper floors, too.
Location: 700 5th Avenue, Seattle
Height: 722 feet
5. Safeco Plaza
Since 2006, Safeco Plaza has been the headquarters for Safeco Insurance Company of America. Like other skyscrapers in Seattle, Safeco Plaza has gone by other names in its past, including Seattle-First National Bank Building. Other major tenants include Bank of America, Riddell Williams and Helsell Fetterman.
Location: 1001 4th Avenue, Seattle
Height: 630 feet
6. Space Needle
The Space Needle is Seattle’s most recognizable building by far—so recognizable that this distinctive landmark has become a symbol of the city. Located in Seattle Center, the Space Needle is a major tourist draw because of its observation tower and SkyCity restaurant that offer great views of the city, Lake Washington, Lake Union, mountains and Puget Sound.
Location: 400 Broad Street, Seattle (in Seattle Center)
Height: 605 feet
The Russell Investments Center was originally built to be the WaMu Center and be the headquarters for Washington Mutual, but around the time it was completed, WaMu failed. Since its completion in 2006, the building has been the Chase Center (Chase acquired WaMu), but in 2009 Russell Investments purchased the building and moved to Seattle from its former headquarters in Tacoma. The building includes Seattle Art Museum on the bottom four floors of part of the building, and also has a very innovative feature—a private, 20,000 square foot deck on the 17th floor for workers in the building to use for strolls or a bit of outdoor time.
Location: 1301 2nd Avenue, Seattle
Height: 598 feet
8. US Bank Center
Designed by Callison Architecture, the US Bank Center is an office building.
Location: 1420 5th Avenue, Seattle
Height: 580 feet
9. Wells Fargo Center
Formerly named the First Interstate Center, the Wells Fargo Center was designed by The McKinley Architects and has 47 stories. The building is distinct as it is six-sided and features tinted glazed glass and granite panels.
Location: 2800 3rd Avenue, Seattle
Height: 573 feet
10. Bank of America Fifth Avenue Plaza
Designed by 3D/International, this 42-story building has retail space in a complex at its base. The office space is filled by a number of tenants, which include Bank of America and Princess Tours.
Location: 800 5th Avenue, Seattle
Height: 543 feet