William P. Romans Alaska Building Photographs, 1904

Overview of the Collection

Romans, William P
William P. Romans Alaska Building Photographs
1904 (inclusive)
13 photographic prints (1 box)
Collection Number
Photographs by William P. Romans documenting the construction of the Alaska Building in Seattle in 1904.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

After the disastrous fire of 1889, Seattle's tallest building and first steel-framed skyscraper was constructed. The Alaska Building, built from 1903 to 1904 at the southeast corner of 2nd Avenue and Cherry Street, rose fourteen stories high. Earmes & Young, a St. Louis architectural firm, with assistance from Seattle architects Saunders & Lawton, designed the building. The Alaska Building remained the tallest building in Seattle until the eighteen-story Hoge Building (located at 705 2nd Avenue) was completed in 1911.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of thirteen photographs of the Alaska Building construction, 1903-1904.

All of the photographs were taken by William P. Romans, a Seattle photographer in partnership with photographer Asahel Curtis in the early 1900s.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Photographs are arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

The photographs were transferred from the Seattle photographs file, 2004.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert Dunn, 1989.

Processing Note

Processed by Jill M. Dalager, 2004.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Building--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Historic buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs

Corporate Names

  • Earmes and Young
  • Saunders and Lawton

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Architectural photographs

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Subject Terms

  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)