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October 3, 2001

Southeast Tower cures several ills at Swedish

By PETER SACKETT
AIA Seattle

Photo by Assassi Productions
The facade of NBBJ's Southeast Tower creates a symbolic and functional landmark entrance for the main campus on First Hill.

For nearly a century, bigger equaled better for Swedish Medical Center. Since 1910, it has grown from a 24-bed renovated apartment building to a sprawling 13-block colossus on Seattle's First Hill. But by the early 1990s, its size had started to create almost as many problems as it solved.


 
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