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November 10, 2016

Honor award: Stone, tile, terrazzo and granite
Nordstrom Downtown Seattle exterior renovation

Photo by NW Architectural Photography
The first two floors of the downtown Seattle Nordstrom store were clad with locally fabricated terra cotta.

Location: Seattle

Mason contractor: Fairweather Masonry

Architect: CallisonRTKL

Owner: Nordstrom

General contractor: GLY Construction

Nordstrom’s flagship store is designed to transform the store into an international shopping destination.

The design team’s goal was to recreate an exterior look that would be dramatic as well as durable over time for this 10-story historic building.

Since its 1930s construction, the terra cotta had been removed from the lower levels and some of the terra cotta on the upper stories had cracked and needed to be replaced. Locally fabricated terra cotta was added to the first two floors, failing terra cotta was replaced on the upper floors, and the entire building was cleaned and tuck-pointed.

A new glass canopy was added, allowing light from the inside of the building to create a much brighter street presence.

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