Pergola Pioneer Building and Totem Pole

5th Ave. and Yesler Way, Seattle, Washington


Pioneer Square

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 2008



Street View 


The Pioneer Building, completed in 1892 and built on the site of the home of one of the city's founding father's, is Richardsonian Romanesque in style. It is one of the best preserved buildings in Pioneer Square, the heart of the commercial district of old Seattle. The Pergola remnant is in the center of the square and is a beautiful cast iron umbrella that was once a much larger shelter for transit passengers. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 5, 1977

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 5, 1977
Reference number
NR name
Pioneer Building, Pergola, and Totem Pole
Architectural style
Victorian: Romanesque
Areas of significance
Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Work of art (sculpture, carving, rock art); Street furniture/object; Park; Financial institution; Business
Current functions
Work of art (sculpture, carving, rock art); Park; Street furniture/object
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1892; 1909
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 2
Contributing objects: 2


19th Century (37,744)
Bank (1,348)
Brick (42,462)
Built 1892 (737)
Built during 1890s (7,628)
Commercial building (6,139)
Elmer Fisher (3)
Have Street View (46,069)
James Wehn (2)
King County, Washington (312)
National Historic Landmark (2,195)
Romanesque (2,722)
Seattle, Washington (160)
Stone (26,160)
Victorian (19,698)
Washington (1,978)

Update Log 

  • May 1, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody
  • October 5, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger