Seattle Architecture Overview
A Guide to Exploring Seattle's Architectural Attractions
View of Downtown Seattle from Jose Rizal Park on Beacon Hill
The Majestic Northern Lights Dome Room Ceiling in the Doubletree Arctic Club Hotel
Seattle is blessed with a lovely downtown and outlying areas that have many elegant buildings with notable architectural features. It is well worth your time to explore Seattle’s architectural highlights. We have taken the liberty of combining notable architecture with some enjoyable activities in the following discussion.
Here is the index of all of the sections on this page:
INDEX OF ALL ARCHITECTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
We have divided the architectural highlights and activities around Seattle by major geographical area. Please click on the area to see the detailed listing of its architectural highlights.
The Magnificent Arctic Club Hotel Terra Cotta Walruses
The architecture of buildings completed in the early 20th century featured an extensive use of terra cotta ornamentation and cladding. Seattle has many old buildings that have terra cotta details. We offer a discussion on a separate web page of the use of terra cotta in these buildings and offer several notable examples for you to examine.
Seattle has a treasure trove of old and new street clocks. We have an entire section of our architecture material devoted to the downtown street clocks. Please click on the clock image below to find out a lot more about Seattle's beautiful street clocks.
One of Seattle's Many Attractive Street Clocks
RECOMMENDED BOOK ABOUT SEATTLE'S DOWNTOWN ARCHITECTURE
A recommended book for touring downtown is Maureen Elenga's Seattle Architecture: A Walking Guide to Downtown. It has photos and comments on all of the notable architectural structures downtown.
Seattle Architecture Book Front Cover