Wise Penny Building

This stand alone retail building in the University District was built in 1946.  As a red brick building it was home to the Junior League of Seattle’s thrift shop earning it the Wise Penny name.  We refurbished the building’s exterior with stucco, changing its look entirely.  The Wise Penny is located on the District’s primary retail street, University Avenue, nicknamed “the Ave”, two blocks from the University of Washington.  The building is a short distance to Lake Union, the University of Washington Medical Center,  and the Burke Gilman Trail System.  Now known as the University District Building.

Building type: Two story retail and office
Square footage: 7,502
Lot size: .09 acres
Remodel & Tenant Improvements Architect: Freiheit & Ho, Rick Grimes
Our work: Renovated the exterior and the interior of the Wise Penney Building.  Made it into retail and office space by adding bathrooms and staircases.  Leased to various tenants and then sold to an investor in 2004.

Address: 4744 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington

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