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The Seattle Times caption for this look into the exposed thorax of the Orpheum reads, in part “The Death of a Theatre’ . . . A stage that had held entertainment for Seattle audiences since 1927 was nearliy all that remained intact of the Orpheum Theater today. It is being demolished for the construction of the 38-story Washington Plaza Hotel. This view was from the 12th floor of the Medical and Dental Building. The Iversen Construction Co. has the demolition contract. Dick Iversen, project manager, said the stage will be gone in about two weeks. He estimated that it will take about a month more work to complete the project. Footings … 25 feet below street level must be removed. Demolition began August 6.

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