Sixth & Wall – A Nexus of Information and Community

Sixth & Wall – A Nexus of Information and Community

In 1948 the Hearst Corporation moved the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper printing plant into this distinctive building. The prominent New York industrial engineering firm of Lockwood Greene, with Henry Bittman as the local associate architect, designed and constructed this building. Lockwood Greene, founded in 1832 – now a subsidiary of CH2M Hill – is the country’s oldest design firm.

Designed in post-World War II Modern style, the building sought to retain and simplify the Art Deco look and embrace the exuberant 1930s where everything was modern and industrial. The rotunda you are standing in with its flat roofed entry, the magnificent clock in the archway, its chevrons and bookending curves are all excellent examples of the Modern style. These original design elements have withstood the test of time and are a testament to timeless design. All who pass through the rotunda are reminded of the rich heritage of the building.

Today Sixth and Wall serves as the flagship campus and headquarters for City University of Seattle, sustaining the nexus of information and community, and creating learning opportunities for people in Seattle, the Northwest, and around the world.