Category Archives: Landmarks

Appreciating brutalism, even if it isn’t beautiful

Some brutalist buildings are being saved. Some are being mourned. Recently in the DJC:  Brutalism being banished but not all think it’s ugly For all the Brutalist buildings that go down without a fight, a few get a loving farewell. … Continue reading

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What are they building down there?

You may not be able to hear the rumbling from the street, but Bertha is now tunneling through Zone 8.  As of December 15, she has traveled 6,646 of 9,270 feet and the tunnel is now 70% complete. Seattle Tunnel Partners … Continue reading

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Hotels – on restoring and enhancing history

The Palladian Hotel, in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, opened late last year after being gutted and restored.  The century-old brick building began life as the Calhoun Hotel, and was later turned into apartments. An extensive 18-month remodel transformed the 60,000-square-foot space … Continue reading

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The Smith Tower Reinvented

The newly rebranded Smith Tower, complete with ‘speakeasy,’ opens today, August 25! Inspired by the roaring 20s, the 35th floor Smith Tower Observatory includes the Temperance Cafe and Bar.  Now you can have a cocktail and a banh mi sandwich … Continue reading

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Turn those substation sites into parks

This former substation site at 3904 N.E. 65th St. was sold last year for development. Photos by Cass Turnbull. Posted by Cass Turnbull ‘It’s not right’.’That’s what I thought when I heard Seattle City Light was going to sell 35 … Continue reading

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