Category Archives: Landmarks

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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Frank Lloyd Wright campus to get updated lighting

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s imaginative Taliesin Spring will receive an update from award winning lighting designer and founder of Studio Lux, Christopher Thompson, who will introduce energy-efficient technology to the historic site. Photo courtesy of Studio Lux Taliesin Spring was … Continue reading

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New bilingual signs in Chinatown-International District

Bilingual street name signs will be installed this summer at more than 30 intersections in Seattle’s Chinatown and Japantown neighborhood through a partnership of the city and the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area. Mayor Mike McGinn said in a press … Continue reading

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MOHAI is Awesome

Photo courtesy of LMN Architects The new Museum of History & Industry, which recently relocated to its beautiful adaptation of the Naval Reserve Armory at South Lake Union Park, sounded worthy of a good hour at most. Nice little museum in a … Continue reading

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China to dominate tall building development

  Nine of the 20 tallest buildings under construction in the world are located in China, which is now leading the way in the development of supertall buildings, according to the latest research study by the Council on Tall Buildings … Continue reading

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Redmond company introducing construction set for Space Needle replica

  Redmond-based Eitech America will introduce into the U.S.  market by September a construction set for building a three-foot replica of Seattle’s famous Space Needle. Image courtesy of Eitech Bobby King, Eitech America’s president, said in a press release that … Continue reading

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Redevelopment planned at Melrose and Pine

  Ground Zero – Melrose and Pine Madison Development Group plans to redevelop the “Bauhaus Books and Coffee” block on Capitol Hill. Photos by Patrick Doherty To read the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog and its various commenters, that’s exactly how … Continue reading

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Controversy over Counterbalance Park

An addition to Counterbalance Park at Queen Anne Avenue and Roy Street in Seattle is causing a debate about whether the public work of an architect should be changed without appropriate oversight. In this case, the work is by well-known … Continue reading

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Popular Mechanics looks at 520 replacement project

Rendering courtesy of Washington State Department of Transportation Popular Mechanics has the inside story on how exactly crews will replace the 48-year-old  state Route 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington with a new six-lane bridge. If you’re wondering how they … Continue reading

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