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Downtown Architecture--General

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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.

 

HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Our two top recommendations for Downtown architecture are: 

1) Pike Place Market

2) Seattle Central Library

 

MAP FOR DOWNTOWN ARCHITECTURAL SITES

Please click on either of the two links below to open up a separate browser tab with our detailed map with the recommended sites identified.

 

Architecture A-N

 

Architecture O-Z

 

 

 

MORE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED DOWNTOWN ARCHITECTURAL SITES

Page One--Alphabetical A through N

 

Page Two--Alphabetical O Through W

 

Please click on the link or the image to go to our detailed page about the architectural site.

 

A through N

 

 

 

Arctic Club Building

 

Artic Club Building Walruses

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.

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Banana Republic

 

 

Banana Republic

 

 

The Banana Republic store is housed in the restoration of the former 2,000 seat Coliseum Theater built in 1916.

 

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Camlin Hotel

 

Camlin Building

 

 

The exterior of this restored 1926 building has beautiful terra cotta ornamentation.

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Century Square Building

 

 

Century Square Building

 

 

A distinctive post-modern building overlooking Westlake Center.

 

 

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Cobb Building

 

Cobb Building Indian

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.

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Colman Building

 

 

Colman Building

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

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Columbia Center

 

Columbia Center

 

 

Seattle's tallest building. Check out its 73rd story observation deck.

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Elephant Super Car Wash Sign

 

Elephant Super Car Wash Signs

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?

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Exchange Building

 

Exchange Building Lobby Clock

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.

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Fifth Avenue Theater

Fifth Avenue Theater

 

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. 

 

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Fourth and Blanchard Building

 

Fourth and Blanchard Building

 

 

A modern building with a striking angular profile. It is nicknamed the "Darth Vader Building."

 

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Hammering Man

 

 

Hammering Man

 

 

 

This 48 foot tall robotic citizen of Seattle is impossible to miss as he pounds his hammer in front of the Seattle Art Museum.

 

 

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Henry Moore Sculpture

 

 

Henry Moore Sculpture

 

 

Part of the original impressive art collection of the Seattle First Building.

 

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Nakamura Courthouse

 

 

Nakamura Courthouse

 

 

This superb building facing the Seattle Central Library was the United States Federal Courthouse until it moved into a new building in 2004.

 

 

 

 

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