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Home > Washington > Seattle > Fox Theater, Seventh Avenue & Olive Way, Seattle, King County, WA



B&W Photos
Contextual View Looking Nw From Rooftop Corner Of Paramount Theatre At 9th Ave
HB1218770
Contextual View Looking Nw From Rooftop Corner Of Paramount Theatre At 9th Ave
Front, Or South Side On Olive Way
HB1218771
Front, Or South Side On Olive Way
Front Side On Olive Way, Looking Nw
HB1218772
Front Side On Olive Way, Looking Nw
West Side, Elevation View Along Seventh Avenue
HB1218773
West Side, Elevation View Along Seventh Avenue
Seventh Avenue Side, Looking Se
HB1218774
Seventh Avenue Side, Looking Se
Seventh Avenue Side, Looking Ne At Fly Tower
HB1218775
Seventh Avenue Side, Looking Ne At Fly Tower
Back Side Viewed From Corner Of Stewart St
HB1218776
Back Side Viewed From Corner Of Stewart St
Alley Side, Or East Side, Looking Sw
HB1218777
Alley Side, Or East Side, Looking Sw
Front Facade Detail, Showing 3 Of 4 Columns
HB1218778
Front Facade Detail, Showing 3 Of 4 Columns
Detail Of Rooftop Urn Viewed From Roof, Looking Sw
HB1218779
Detail Of Rooftop Urn Viewed From Roof, Looking Sw
Vestibule, Or Main Entrance, On Olive Way
HB1218780
Vestibule, Or Main Entrance, On Olive Way
Ticket Booth And Western Set Of Doors At Entrance
HB1218781
Ticket Booth And Western Set Of Doors At Entrance
Detail Of Vestibule, Or Main Entrance, Showing Lamp And Eastern Set Of Doors
HB1218782
Detail Of Vestibule, Or Main Entrance, Showing Lamp And Eastern Set Of Doors
Eastern Set Of Main Entrance Doors In Foyer, Looking South
HB1218783
Eastern Set Of Main Entrance Doors In Foyer, Looking South
Foyer (lobby), Looking West From Stairs Seen In Wa-197-16
HB1218784
Foyer (lobby), Looking West From Stairs Seen In Wa-197-16
Foyer, Looking Ne From Mezzanine Lounge
HB1218785
Foyer, Looking Ne From Mezzanine Lounge
Detail Of Base Of
HB1218786
Detail Of Base Of 'flying Ram' In Nw Corner Of Foyer
Detail Of Ceiling Lamp Near The Seventh Ave
HB1218787
Detail Of Ceiling Lamp Near The Seventh Ave
Detail Of Wallpaper On East Wall Of First Landing Of Stairs Leading Up From Foyer
HB1218788
Detail Of Wallpaper On East Wall Of First Landing Of Stairs Leading Up From Foyer
Mezzanine Lounge (upper Lobby), Looking West, With Oculus Visible In Upper Foreground
HB1218789
Mezzanine Lounge (upper Lobby), Looking West, With Oculus Visible In Upper Foreground
Mezzanine Lounge, Looking West
HB1218790
Mezzanine Lounge, Looking West
Ceiling Detail Of Mezzanine Lounge, Looking Straight Up From Beneath Central Lantern, Which Is Wholly Visible In Wa-197-21
HB1218791
Ceiling Detail Of Mezzanine Lounge, Looking Straight Up From Beneath Central Lantern, Which Is Wholly Visible In Wa-197-21
Landing Outside Ladies
HB1218792
Landing Outside Ladies' Lounge On West Side Of Building, Looking South
Detail Of Same Landing Seen In Wa-197-23, Looking Se
HB1218793
Detail Of Same Landing Seen In Wa-197-23, Looking Se
Mezzanine Loge, Looking West
HB1218794
Mezzanine Loge, Looking West
Auditorium Viewed From West Aisle, Looking Nne
HB1218795
Auditorium Viewed From West Aisle, Looking Nne
Auditorium And Main Chandelier Viewed From Balcony
HB1218796
Auditorium And Main Chandelier Viewed From Balcony
Auditorium Viewed From Stage, Looking South
HB1218797
Auditorium Viewed From Stage, Looking South
West Side Of Auditorium, Elevation View
HB1218798
West Side Of Auditorium, Elevation View
Detail Of Auditorium Ceiling And Top Of East Galleon
HB1218799
Detail Of Auditorium Ceiling And Top Of East Galleon
Galleon On West Side Of Auditorium
HB1218800
Galleon On West Side Of Auditorium
Detail Of
HB1218801
Detail Of 'sunburst' Lamp On East Galleon
Detail Of Ceiling Light At Exit From Floor Of Auditorium To Lobby (aisle 3)
HB1218802
Detail Of Ceiling Light At Exit From Floor Of Auditorium To Lobby (aisle 3)
Details Of Balconies And Ceilings Looking Up And Sw From Auditorium Floor
HB1218803
Details Of Balconies And Ceilings Looking Up And Sw From Auditorium Floor
Balcony, Looking West
HB1218804
Balcony, Looking West
East Side Of Balcony, Looking South
HB1218805
East Side Of Balcony, Looking South
Detail Of Console And Finials At West Wall Of Balcony
HB1218806
Detail Of Console And Finials At West Wall Of Balcony
Detail Of Chandelier On East Side Of Balcony
HB1218807
Detail Of Chandelier On East Side Of Balcony
Detail Of Main Chandelier Above Balcony
HB1218808
Detail Of Main Chandelier Above Balcony
Backstage, Looking West
HB1218809
Backstage, Looking West
Backstage View Of Counterbalance System For Lifting Curtains And Props
HB1218810
Backstage View Of Counterbalance System For Lifting Curtains And Props
Scene Shop In Basement Looking West And Directly Beneath Backstage As Seen In Wa-197-40
HB1218811
Scene Shop In Basement Looking West And Directly Beneath Backstage As Seen In Wa-197-40
Dressing Rooms And Corridor In Basement On West Side Of Building, Looking South
HB1218812
Dressing Rooms And Corridor In Basement On West Side Of Building, Looking South
Men
HB1218813
Men's Lounge In Basement In Sw Corner Of Building
This 360-degree Panorama Was Taken From The Balcony Using A Hulcherama Panoramic Camera With A 35mm Mamiya Sekor Lens
HB1218814
This 360-degree Panorama Was Taken From The Balcony Using A Hulcherama Panoramic Camera With A 35mm Mamiya Sekor Lens
Exterior View At The Corner Of Seventh Avenue And Olive Way, Looking Ne
HB1218815
Exterior View At The Corner Of Seventh Avenue And Olive Way, Looking Ne
Foyer, Looking West From The Opposite Formal Staircase
HB1218816
Foyer, Looking West From The Opposite Formal Staircase
Mezzanine Lounge, Looking East
HB1218817
Mezzanine Lounge, Looking East
Auditorium Viewed From Stage, Looking South
HB1218818
Auditorium Viewed From Stage, Looking South
Proscenium, Orchestra Pit And Stage, Looking North
HB1218819
Proscenium, Orchestra Pit And Stage, Looking North
Projection Room, Looking Sw
HB1218820
Projection Room, Looking Sw
Duct Plan
HB1218821
Duct Plan
Basement Plan
HB1218822
Basement Plan
First Floor Plan
HB1218823
First Floor Plan
Mezzanine Floor Plan
HB1218824
Mezzanine Floor Plan
Balcony Plan
HB1218825
Balcony Plan
Roof Plan
HB1218826
Roof Plan
Longitudinal Section
HB1218827
Longitudinal Section
West Elevation And Cross Section
HB1218828
West Elevation And Cross Section
Olive Street Elevation
HB1218829
Olive Street Elevation
Seventh Avenue Elevation
HB1218830
Seventh Avenue Elevation
Alley Elevation
HB1218831
Alley Elevation


Data Pages


Photo Caption Pages


Item Title


Location
Seventh Avenue & Olive Way, Seattle, WA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS WA-197
Building/structure dates: 1929 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1992 demolished
Significance: The Music Hall Theatre in Seattle was an outstanding example of the golden age of the American picture palace. Designed in an eclectic Spanish Renaissance idiom, the theatre was considered the finest work of locally prominent architect Sherwood D. Ford. Sculptural cast-stone ornament distinguished the exterior of the building, while illusionary spaces and rich, faux-bois finished characterized its interior. From its opening in 1929 until its final closure in 1988, the Music Hall served variously as a movie house and a legitimate theatre, retaining all the while a remarkable degree of physical integrity. The Music Hall was one of five surviving theatres of the picture palace era in downtown Seattle at the time of its demolition in the winter of 1991-1992.

Subjects
Theatrical Productions
Theaters
Motion Picture Theaters


Related Names
Ford, Sherwood Demier


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Contextual view looking NW from rooftop corner of Paramount Theatre at 9th Ave. and Pine St. (Oct. 1991)
2. Front, or south side on Olive Way. (Sept. 1991)
3. Front side on Olive Way, looking NW. (Sept. 1991)
4. West side, elevation view along Seventh Avenue. (July 1991)
5. Seventh Avenue side, looking SE. (Sept. 1991)
6. Seventh Avenue side, looking NE at Fly Tower. (Sept. 1991)
7. Back side viewed from corner of Stewart St. and Seventh Ave., looking SE. (Sept. 1991)
8. Alley side, or east side, looking SW. (Oct. 1991)
9. Front facade detail, showing 3 of 4 columns. (May 1991)
10. Detail of rooftop urn viewed from roof, looking SW. This urn is on the Olive Way side (second urn from west). (June 1991)
11. Vestibule, or main entrance, on Olive Way. (Sept. 1991)
12. Ticket booth and western set of doors at entrance. (Sept. 1991)
13. Detail of vestibule, or main entrance, showing lamp and eastern set of doors. (Sept. 1991) The other sides of these doors are seen from the inside in WA-197-14. The 'ghosts' of ornamental wooden griffins can be seen above the doors. These griffins were stolen shortly after protective plywood doors were removed on Sept. 6, 1991 in preparation for the public auction on Sept. 10. At the time of the theft, the griffins had not yet been photographed.
14. Eastern set of main entrance doors in foyer, looking south. (Aug. 1991) These are the same doors seen in WA-197-13.
15. Foyer (lobby), looking west from stairs seen in WA-197-16. (July 1991)
16. Foyer, looking NE from mezzanine lounge. (Sept. 1991)
17. Detail of base of 'Flying Ram' in NW corner of foyer. Camera is looking SW. First doorway beyond fountain leads to basement and men's lounge seen in WA-197-44. Second doorway leads to storefront corner at Seventh Ave. and Olive Way. (Aug. 1991)
18. Detail of ceiling lamp near the Seventh Ave. entrance at Olive. (Sept. 1991) Lamp is in hallway leading to right in WA-197-17.
19. Detail of wallpaper on east wall of first landing of stairs leading up from foyer. (Jan. 1992) During the summer of 1991 when most of the photography was done, this wallpaper was hidden by a false wall. The wallpaper was revealed in November 1991 when the false wall was removed during the demolition process. This photograph was taken on January 25, 1992. An identical wallpaper mural was revealed on the symmetrically opposite, or west landing. The west landing wall (with false wall) is seen at the top of stairs in WA-197-15.
20. Mezzanine lounge (upper lobby), looking west, with oculus visible in upper foreground. (Aug. 1991)
21. Mezzanine lounge, looking west. View taken from in front of column seen in WA-197-20. (Aug. 1991) A view of the mezzanine lounge, looking east, is included in the historical photographs.
22. Ceiling detail of mezzanine lounge, looking straight up from beneath central lantern, which is wholly visible in WA-197-21. (July 1991)
23. Landing outside ladies' lounge on west side of building, looking south. Stairs in distance leading to mezzanine lounge to the left and offices to the right. (Sept. 1991)
24. Detail of same landing seen in WA-197-23, looking SE. Stairs on left lead to west side of balcony. (Sept. 1991)
25. Mezzanine loge, looking west. (July 1991)
26. Auditorium viewed from west aisle, looking NNE. East galleon is seen in full. The arrangement of chairs and dinnerware was in preparation for the public auction of the theatre's furnishings on Sept. 10, 1991. This photograph was taken on Sept. 5, 1991.
27. Auditorium and main chandelier viewed from balcony. (Sept. 1991)
28. Auditorium viewed from stage, looking south. (Aug. 1991)
29. West side of auditorium, elevation view. (Sept. 1991)
30. Detail of auditorium ceiling and top of east galleon. (Oct. 1991)
31. Galleon on west side of auditorium. (July 1991)
32. Detail of 'sunburst' lamp on east galleon. (Sept. 1991)
33. Detail of ceiling light at exit from floor of auditorium to lobby (Aisle 3). Identical lights are seen on the ceiling above the mezzanine loge as seen in WA-197-34. The large white spot in WA-197-33 is a chip in the painted plaster. (July 1991)
34. Details of balconies and ceilings looking up and SW from auditorium floor. (Aug. 1991)
35. Balcony, looking west. (Sept. 1991)
36. East side of balcony, looking south. 'Crying Room' and projection booth are visible in back. This view was taken from high on a ladder. (Aug. 1991)
37. Detail of console and finials at west wall of balcony. (Sept. 1991)
38. Detail of chandelier on east side of balcony. (Sept. 1991)
39. Detail of main chandelier above balcony. (Aug. 1991)
40. Backstage, looking west. (Aug. 1991)
41. Backstage view of counterbalance system for lifting curtains and props. Looking west. Wall on right is the back of theatre. (Aug. 1991)
42. Scene shop in basement looking west and directly beneath backstage as seen in WA-197-40. (Aug. 1991)
43. Dressing rooms and corridor in basement on west side of building, looking south. (July 1991) A nearly identical corridor with dressing rooms ran along the east side of the basement, and the two corridors were connected by a short hallway at the north end. The theatre seats seen in hallway in this photo are from Seattle's Orpheum Theatre which was demolished in 1967.
44. Men's lounge in basement in SW corner of building. (Aug. 1991) Stairs lead up to right to foyer in SW corner of building near Seventh Avenue entrance. See WA-197-17.
45. This 360-degree panorama was taken from the balcony using a Hulcherama panoramic camera with a 35mm Mamiya Sekor lens. Image size on 120 roll film (Tri-X) for 360-deg. view is 6 x 22.5 cm. Because of overlap in view, actual image size is 6 x 24 cm. (2.25' x 9.5').
46. Exterior view at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Olive Way, looking NE. Opening night film, 'The Broadway Melody,' displayed on the canopy marquee.
47. Foyer, looking west from the opposite formal staircase. Original draperies and furnishings in place.
48. Mezzanine lounge, looking east. Note original tapestries and upholstered furnishings.
49. Auditorium viewed from stage, looking south. Seating at orchestra, mezzanine, and balcony levels in its original configuration.
50. Proscenium, orchestra pit and stage, looking north. Opening night stage drapes in place.
51. Projection room, looking SW. Original Movietone projection equipment intact. Old photo label identifying directional view is inaccurate. This image proves the projection room was expanded southward from its original design prior to the theatre's opening (see also photo WA-197-36).
52. Duct Plan. Sheet 1 of 13.
53. Basement Plan. Sheet 2 of 13.
54. First Floor Plan. Sheet 3 of 13.
55. Mezzanine Floor Plan. Sheet 4 of 13.
56. Balcony Plan. Sheet 5 of 13.
57. Roof Plan. Sheet 6 of 13.
58. Longitudinal Section. Sheet 7 of 13.
59. West Elevation and Cross Section. Sheet 8 of 13.
60. Olive Street Elevation. Sheet 9 of 13.
61. Seventh Avenue Elevation. Sheet 10 of 13.
62. Alley Elevation. Sheet 11 of 13.


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