Seattle’s Outstanding Architecture | Visit Seattle


The architects : Charles Reed and Allen Stem, known for Grand Central Station in New York

Building: This station has a 75-meter clock tower inspired by the bell tower of Venice, in Piazza San Marco in Italy. A renovation completed in 2014 uncovered ornate ceilings, wainscoting and mosaic tiles hidden after an ill-fated 1960s redesign. 303 S Jackson St;


The architect: Robert Reamer, known for hotels in Yellowstone National Park and art deco buildings in Seattle

Building: Harry C. Arthur and Pacific Theatres, the largest theater operator on the West Coast during the construction of this building, commissioned Reamer to create the 5th Avenue Theater, a large Chinese-themed performance space lined with reliefs of dragons and flowers inside. *1308 Fifth Avenue;


The architect: Rem Koolhaas, known for his glazed, modern buildings that play with perspective

Building: The Downtown Library is a collage of window-lined cathedral ceilings, open workspaces, hidden nooks and creative hallways, including the Book Spiral, which stacks over three floors of non-fiction books along a winding, shallow ramp. *1000 Fourth Avenue;


formerly Experience Music Project

The architect: Frank Gehry, known for his crazy forms with deep internal logic, including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Building: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen spearheaded this development, driven by his super fandom of Seattle-born guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Gehry immersed himself in the music of Hendrix and used cut-out electric guitars as inspiration for his design. *325 Fifth Avenue N;

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