Rhodes of Seattle, Seattle, Washington




Rhodes of Seattle was located in an imposing,
6-story building in downtown Seattle.



Though related, Rhodes of Seattle was a
completely different organization from its
neighbor in Tacoma, Rhodes Brothers.


Rhodes interior was lofty and airy, with a restaurant
on the mezzanine, complete with an Aeolian organ for
entertainment.


Rhodes of Seattle (1907/1927)
2nd and Union
Seattle, Washington

MAin 2-8000




Basement
Jiffy Bird Cafeteria • Jiffy Bar • Rhodes Basement Store

Main Floor
Fine Jewelry • Jewelry • Watches • Handbags • Small Leather Goods • Gloves • Belts • Hosiery • Fashion Accessories • Hosiery • Slipper Bar • Hat Box • Main Floor Sportswear • Casual Shop • Shoe Salon • Children's Shoes • Cosmetics • Toiletries • Notions • Stationery • Book Bazaar • Candy
Men's Shops Men's Furnishings • Men's Sportswear • Men's Clothing • Men's Shoes • Teen Man • Boys' Shop

Mezzanine
Mezzanine Tea Room

Second Floor
Draperies • Floor Coverings • Lamps • Pictures • Mirrors • Furniture • Slumber Shop • Home Furnishings • Appliances • Sewing Machines • Trim-a-Home Shop

Third Floor
House and Town Shop • Dresses • Sportswear • Coats and Suits • Young View Shop • Better Dresses • Better Coats • Better Suits • Blauner Shop • Bridal Salon • Fur Salon • Millinery • Wig Boutique • Lingerie • Robes • Sleepwear • Shape Shop • Junior Shop

Fourth Floor
Infants' Shop • Children's Shop • Girls' Shop • Preteens • Toys • Fabrics • Art Needlework • Linens • Bedding • BedspreadsvPhotograph Studio

Fifth Floor
China • Silverware • Gifts • Figurines • Housewares • Garden Shop • Books • Credit Office • Cash Office • Personnel



University Village
25th Ave. N.E. & E. 4th St.
1956
105,000 s.f.

Crossroads
Bellevue
156th Ave. N.E. & N.E. 8th St.
July, 1964
45,000 s.f.


Forest Park
Bothell Way at Ballinger
October, 1964
50,000 s.f.

Coming in due coure.

10 comments:

  1. LINDAMARIEFIORE@ HOTMAIL.COM08 January, 2012 23:14

    JUST LOVE THOSE OLD TIME DEPARTMENT STORES...JUST LOVE THE OLD TIMES...I AM IN NEW YORK AND RHODES LOOKS JUST LIKE MACY'S OR SAKS FIFTH AVENUE DID WAY BACK WHEN.

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  2. We just found a photo of my Aunt taken at Rhodes of Seattle and found this. What a great surprise to realize it was a department store. She later worked at a Department store in Millinery so wonder if this is the same store.

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  3. Just stumbled across your blog and love what I've seen so far. I appreciate all the hard work required to launch and continue to maintain these sorts of sites.

    I noticed the address for the University Village location of the Rhodes of Seattle is incorrect. It should read: 25th Ave. NE & NE 45th St.

    Look forward to following this blog.

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  4. I first started working at Rhodes reconstructing some $250,000 lost business through charge accounts that had been inadvertedly been thrown away....I was very young, and eventually went into a management training program, where I managed the Century 21 booth on the first floor....then went onto being an assistant buyer in many, many departments, as part of the program....I worked at the downtown store, opened up Crossroads, and also worked at the new Forest Park store....It was one of the best experiences I could have had.....later became a buyer in another department store, and eventually worked at Nordstrom for 16 years...... Wonderful memories of wonderful people.....

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  5. I remember as a child my grandmother taking me to lunch at Rhodes in Seattle. We would eat and listen to that wonderful organ music. Miss them both greatly!!

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  6. My research on an unrelated topic, the history of a couple pewter goblets (!) stamped for a dept store in L.A. (Robinson's), has led me to the blog on Rhodes of Seattle (for another reason). Rhodes was a major hangout for my grandmother (on my mom's side), as she was quite smitten by an organist who use to play there (likely back in the fifties, and she WAS a married woman, btw)...And I have a cousin who apparently was taken there for lunch (which coincided with my granny listening to the organist)! So this comment by "Anonymous" on August 14th of last year has my mind wandering....and wondering...What are the chances of this being my cousin Sylvia??? Probably not very likely....But who knows?!?!? Thanks for all this extensive Dept Store History!

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  7. I can see hardly anybody rememebers or has something to say about this grand bldg. and the dept store era. ppl cheat themselves for not rememebering such wonderful and grand buildings that we were those who are old enuff to rememeber. I was lucky enuff to have the privelidge to rememember going into Rhodes on 1st and union downtown seattle and will never forget the wonderful feeling I got and will never forget for these beautiful old buildings that are now just memories.

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  8. I miss this lovely store! My Aunt Sophie was an elevator operator here until they switched to self-service cars. We shopped here often - I still have books and records purchased at Rhodes.

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  9. Growing up in eastern Washington, I remember visiting a neighbour of my grandparents who told me stories of working at Seattle's downtown Rhodes Department Store, from 1929 - 1939, in the drapery department. If I remember correctly, she said Rhodes catered also to the upscale and wealthy cliental like Rhodes' rival, Frederick & Nelson. Remember driving by one day when they were tearing down the Arcade building where Rhodes was located to make room for the new Washington Mutual building (Washington Mutual later imploded during the mortgage crisis and Chase bought its assets...). Took a series of photos of a part of Seattle's history fast disappearing...

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  10. So, did Rhodes have Uncle Mistletoe at Christmas or was that Frederick and Nelson?

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