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Fisher Studio Building


Fischer Studio Building – A Historical Landmark – Construction began in 1912 and was completed in 1915, the first 6 floors were built as a combination of music studios, residences for artists, and commercial space for music related business – Bush and Lane Piano Company. The 7th and 8th Floor were added and housed the performance hall, lounge and guest suite.


The Fischer Studio Building has been in the heart of downtown Seattle since construction started in 19‌. This book will look at the past, present and future of this marvelous historic building.

Fischer Studio

Pike Place Market

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The picture on the right shows 3rd Ave between Pike and Pine looking north before the Fischer Studio was built. The picture in the lower left shows the building after it’s completion in 1915 but before the Olympic Tower Building was built in 19…… The bottom right shows how block looked in 19… after the Olympic Tower was built.

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Today it stands in a block of historic buildings. And is shining example of

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Who Built, Designed & Restored

Fischer Studios was named after its developer, George W. Fischer. After moving to Seattle from Chicago in 1887, Fischer became a successful grocer and civic promoter. In his later years, he turned to real estate development as well as social welfare work. Architect Charles H. Bebb was first of several architects to contribute to the design of the building. Bebb settled in Seattle in 1883 after working in Chicago in decorative terra cotta manufacturing & design--work he continued after moving to Seattle. From 1901 to 1914, he partnered with Seattle architect Louis Mendel and from 1914 to 1939, he partnered with architect Charles Gould. both partnership results in Seattle's most significant homes, hotels, office buildings and commercial structures. He later went on to partner with Charles Gould.  Architect Louis Mendel emigrated from Germany in 1882 and made Seattle his home in 1899. In 1914 he and architect Charles Bebb formed a partership, designing many buildings in addition to Fischer Studios.  Architect Carl Gould arrived to Seattle in 1908 after time in San Francisco, New York as well as in Paris where he attended the Ecole des Beaux4

Arts in Paris. In 1914 he founded and led the University of Washington's Department of Architecture. His most productive work occurred during his partnership with Charles H. Bebb, which spanned 1914-1939. Architect George W. Lawton arrived in Seattle around 1886, initially working as  a draftsman for the architectural firm of Saunders & Houghton.  By 1889, he emerged as a partner with Charles Saunders.  Architect Ralph D. Anderson graduated in 1951 from the University of Washington with a degree in architecture. He began his career working for preeminent Pacific Northwest architect Paul Kirk with whom he later formed a partnership.  He is best known for his work restoring historic buildings in Seattle, he could see the beauty and potential in neighborhoods where the older buildings had been left to decay.  He brought life back not only to the buildings but also to the their neighborhoods as well. He also can be called one of the fathers of Pacific Northwest Regionalism, a form known for its use of wood and other natural materials in home design.


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Fischer Studio still retains it’s architectural beauty. The individuals who built, designed, restored and lived in it have been part of the fabric of Seattle’s civic, business, and art world.

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The following pages shows some of the residences and spaces within the building that exist today.

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Fischer Studios centers your life in urban Seattle. Sporting a Walkscore of 98 and a Transitscore of 100, there is virtually no human necessity nor luxury that is not available within three blocks of your home. So put away the car and focus on living, working and playing in Seattle's most dynamic location.Â

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Every thing you can think of is at your door step. The Pike Street Market, restaurants, grocery stores, Benaroya Hall, the Triple Door, Starbucks, zip cars, bus stops, light rail, parking if you need it.

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The Fischer Studio Building is in the heart of a transforming neighborhood. Not only with the changes we saw on the on previous page on Third Ave. But all around it with new hotels, apartments, condos, mix use, retail, and office space.

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Mary M. Welk, J.D. Broker Windermere R.E. Wall St 206.495.1478 maryw@windermere.com

For More Information Penny J. Lewis, Realtor Broker Windermere R.E. Wall St 206.650.5926 pjlewis@windermere.com

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Tucked away in the heart of downtown Seattle amongst a block of Historic Buildings - The Fischer Studio Building - with its gargoyles stands watch over Seattle.


Mary M. Welk, J.D. and Penny J. Lewis, Realtor Brokers Windermere R.E. Wall Street Mary 206.495.1478 Penny 206 650 5926

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