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1001 4th Avenue from the 48th floor sundeck of 1201 Third Avenue.

Safeco Plaza, previously 1001 Fourth Avenue Plaza, originally the Seafirst Building, is a 50-floor building in downtown Seattle, Washington. Locals nicknamed it the "box the Space Needle came in."[1][2] When this 630-foot (190 m) office building was built in 1968–1969, it dwarfed the Smith Tower, which had reigned as Downtown's tallest building since 1914, and edged out the Space Needle (1962) in Seattle Center by 25 feet (7.6 m).[2]

The Safeco Insurance Company of America leased the building May 23, 2006 to be its headquarters, and renamed it Safeco Plaza.[3]

See also

Preceded by
Space Needle
Tallest Building in Seattle & Washington
Succeeded by
Columbia Center


  1. ^ Alan J. Stein, Seattle First National Bank building is dedicated on March 28, 1969, HistoryLink, May 31, 1999. Accessed June 21, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Paul Dorpat, Boxed In, Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine, February 3, 2006. Accessed online June 10, 2009.
  3. ^ Safeco Corporation Form 8-K, United States Securities and Exchange Commission, May 23, 2006. Accessed online June 10, 2009.

Coordinates: 47°36′22″N 122°20′03″W / 47.6061°N 122.3341°W / 47.6061; -122.3341



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