Built in 1904, the Alaska Building sat 14 stories above 2nd Avenue in Pioneer Square as the first steel-framed skyscraper, and subsequently the tallest building, in the Seattle. The Alaska Building held the title until 1911, when it was surpassed by the 18-story Hoge Building just down the road.
Seattle wasn't simply building up, however; in the early 1900's, the city was in the midst of a series of regrade projects (60 in total), sluicing roughly 45,000,000 tons of earth into Elliott Bay and creating the city we know today. The work was dangerous, and the towers of dirt left by the sluicing proved precarious. A number of people fell to their deaths.
Rumor has it, one such death occurred near where the Alaska Building sits, and that the ghosts of project engineers haunt the hotel that now occupies the building. Men's voices can be heard in the back office. Cash drawers of the hotel's registers will fly open on their own. In one story about the building, a group of staffers noticed the lights in the alley had all gone out and they went to investigate, only to return to find the downstairs lights out, followed by the bank of computers in the lobby, and finally the TVs in the guest rooms.