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520 Pike Tower is one of the Seattle’s skyscrapers. It is a Class A office building in the centre of downtown of the city. It has 29 floors and its height is 110 metres (360 feet). It is equipped with a total of eight passenger elevators which access the office tower, three passenger elevators which access the parking garage and one freight elevator.

The site of the building is the former home of George Frederick Frye and Louisa Catherine Frye. Their two story frame house was built in 1874. By 1890 they had built a two story wooden structure immediately to the west of the house with retail shops along Pike Street. In 1905, the M&A Building, a four-story brick structure, renamed by their sons Marion and Arthur Frye, replaced the house and the retail structure. This store remained until April 1982, when it was demolished to make way for the Sixth & Pike Building, now 520 Pike Tower.

The construction of the present-day building was finished in December 1983. A major lobby was remodeled in 2000. Today the building belongs to Tishaman Speyer who acquired this property in an announcement made on December 5, 2004, along with 11 other buildings, in a deal worth $ 1.852 billion.

Besides offices, there are the conference (meeting) facility and exercise facility. A conference facility consisting of an auditorium and boardroom is available to 520 Pike Tower Tenants on a reservation basis at no charge. The exercise facility is located on the mezzanine level of 520 Pike Tower. This facility is available to tenants of the building only. As far as companies involved in the building are concerned, there are Tishman Speyer Properties, Trammell Crow Company, Tower Realty Management Company and Sound Parking.

In the immediate neighborhood, within walking distance, one can find the best of downtown shopping and restaurants, the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, the Washington Athletic Club, Pacific Place and Meridian multiplex movie theaters, the Pike Place Market. There is also a quick access to bus lines including the Metro bus tunnel and Monorail.
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