About Washington Mutual Tower
The 1201 Third Avenue Tower (previously known as the Washington Mutual Tower) is the second tallest skyscraper in the downtown Seattle skyline. At 55 stories and 235 metres (771 ft), it is the eighth tallest skyscraper on the West Coast. Construction began in 1986 and finished in 1988. It was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and The McKinley Architects. The building was the world headquarters of the financial company Washington Mutual from the building's opening until the company moved into the WaMu Center across the street in 2006. Kohn Pedersen Fox was hired to design the tower while visiting Seattle to be interviewed as a possible candidate for the job of designing the Seattle Art Museum. It was the first major office building built under Seattle’s 1985 downtown zoning plan, largely implemented in response to the Columbia Center, which called for height limits, interesting profiles, and height and density bonuses for public amenities to create a 24 hour downtown.