The Family Story
Legacy, family, and history are integral to the 9th & Thomas story. Generations of the Redman family have contributed to the evolution of the South Lake Union neighborhood since 1944, when this urban block was developed as the original home of Sellen Construction, one of Seattle’s premier general contracting firms.
9th & Thomas is a distinctive vision of the urban landscape, resulting from the Redman family’s history on the site and relationship with the Seattle community. After operating from the 9th & Thomas block for more than 50 years, Sellen Construction’s headquarters moved across the alley to Westlake Avenue in 1999. At the time, South Lake Union was a sleepy industrial district and Sellen’s headquarters was the first new building developed in the Westlake corridor.
From 1999 to the present, 9th & Thomas was home to many neighborhood favorites, most notably our friends at Jones Soda and our current fave, the El Camion taco truck.
The new vision for 9th & Thomas is to be the center of community and activity in the South Lake Union neighborhood. The project is a legacy development by the Redman family – one part boutique office building, one part gathering spot. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the building is a dialogue about the connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the city. Its vision is inspired by the Redman family’s previous 70 years on the site and looks to the next 70 years of the evolution of South Lake Union.