Seattle Tourist Attractions
Seattle Central Library
Seattle City Hall
The heart of downtown Seattle is delightful for architecture lovers. The mixture of old structures such as the Artic Club Building and modern structures like Westlake Center results in an exciting combination of styles. Two of our featured structures, the Seattle Central Library and Pike Place Market, rank among the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Many of our noted architectural structures are in easy walking distance or a short free bus ride.
Our two top recommendations for Downtown architecture are:
- Seattle's number one tourist attraction and fun for all
- Rem Koolhaas's masterpiece is a required stop for all architecture lovers. This is a spectacular building.
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The Arctic Club Building has always been one of my favorite architectural sights in Seattle. Its group of walrus heads watching over the city is one of the most charming sights in the city.
The Banana Republic store is housed in the restoration of the former 2,000 seat Coliseum Theater built in 1916.
The exterior of this restored 1926 building has beautiful terra cotta ornamentation.
A distinctive post-modern building overlooking Westlake Center.
Ranking second only to the Arctic Club's walruses, the stately Native American sculptures gazing at the city from this beautiful old structure are striking architectural symbols.
This six-story, handsome building sits was built in several stages and it features a Heinz 57 mixture of architectural styles including Art Deco and Classical Revival.
Seattle's tallest building. Check out its 73rd story observation deck.
This falls into the instant smile category of architectural structures of interest. How can you not like a glowing pink neon sign with a happy elephant taking a bath?
The lobby of this Art Deco jewel is really gorgeous. They just don't make lobbies like this anymore. The marble clock is a work of art.
One of the most beautiful historical theaters in Seattle. The interior is loosely modeled after the imperial throne room in Beijing's Forbidden City, it is one of the architectural crown jewels of Seattle.
A modern building with a striking angular profile. It is nicknamed the "Darth Vader Building."
This 48 foot tall robotic citizen of Seattle is impossible to miss as he pounds his hammer in front of the Seattle Art Museum.
Part of the original impressive art collection of the Seattle First Building.
This superb building facing the Seattle Central Library was the United States Federal Courthouse until it moved into a new building in 2004.