David S. Dow: “A Man Among Men”
Our colleague Ellen recently was recently published in the database of the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation: a biography of Seattle contractor David S. Dow.
Dow was a Scottish immigrant who came to Seattle in 1889 by way of Texas. He and his brother Matthew, both carpenters by training, became prominent contractors in Seattle. Dow was a colorful character (the Seattle Times once referred to him as “a man among men”), and his businesses constructed dozens of buildings throughout the city (examples below).
550 First Avenue S in 2019 (photo: Redco Development)
E. N. Fobes Building in 2008 (photo: Joe Mabel)
Sheridan Apartments, partially obscured by the Monorail, 2016 (photo: Studio TJP)