Click on the image above to see how the laundry's bricks compare to landmarks from the same era.

The unique bricks
of the Seattle Empire Laundry

The singular bricks used to build the Seattle Empire Laundry were initially purchased by the city as "pavers".

Seattle Empire's bricks thus differ substantially from those used in other landmark buildings of roughly the same age - such as the Pike Place Livery Stable, 1910; the nearby Oregon Hotel Building and the 1912 Dunn Tin Storage Warehouse.

Below are details of the Seattle Empire Laundry's Southwestern elevation corner from 1937 (left) and 1998 (right). These show the excellent state of preservation of building brickwork which remained the case until late 1998.