COMMUNITY TOURS

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COMMUNITY TOURS

Most community tours are approximately two hours in length and usually begin at 10:00 AM at various locations as specified below. Advance registration is strongly encouraged; walk-ups are limited to space available. Private tours are also available, email info@seattlearchitecture.org for more information.

Tours are $18 in advance/$10 for members/$25 cash, day of event. Online registration is handled through Bold Type Tickets. For more information see our Tours FAQ page.

Purple and Gold: From Gothic to Modern at the UW Core

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Come see how this glorious “University of a Thousand Years” has managed through its first 150. Go back in time to bask in the rich detail of Gothic, Renaissance, and Beaux Arts architecture. Stroll through serene quadrangles, lush gardens and awe-inspiring interiors along the way. Witness some new stars as contemporary buildings change with the needs of this fine institution. Oh, and did we mention it has the most fabulous view of Mount Rainier?

This tour usually starts at 11:30 (although there are some exceptions) and lasts approximately two hours. It begins at the War Memorial Flagpole on Memorial Way NE between Parrington Hall and Kane Hall.

Surface lots can be found on the University of Washington campus. Enter the garage at 15th Ave NE and NE 42st St, or the gate house on NE 45th St and Memorial Way. Let the attendant know you are going to the Parrington Hall and they will guide you to the nearest parking area. Over 20 bus routes serve this area. Please visit the Metro King County Trip Planner for more info.

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Harvard Belmont District: The Rich Life on Capitol Hill

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Have your cake and gossip too as we visit Seattle’s only residential Landmark District featuring a wealth of upscale, early 20th century architecture. Harvard/Belmont is a veritable portfolio of the finest designers of the day: Charles Platt of New York and Hornblower and Marshall of Washington, D.C., as well as prominent area architects, including John Graham, Sr., Charles Bebb and Carl Gould, Kirtland Cutter, Andrew Willatsen, Arthur Loveless, Freed Anhalt, and A. H. Albertson. They provided innovative plans, a high level of craftsmanship and beautifully landscaped courtyards, which gives this neighborhood its distinctive character.

Tour begins on Capitol Hill, at the entrance to the circular driveway at the Merrill Court Townhouses, 901 Harvard Ave. East.

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Queen Anne: Evolution of an Urban Neighborhood

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Take a trip through history in one of Seattle’s most treasured urban neighborhoods. From Queen Anne Style homes to Modern, this vibrant hilltop neighborhood has it all, and is in a constant state of evolution as new residents call this community home. On this tour you’ll visit Queen Anne’s Landmark residences, apartments and repurposed buildings. You’ll also experience expansive views, pass by quiet corners, discover hidden estates,and observe sensitive restorations.

This tour begins at West Queen Anne Elementary School (now condominiums) at 1401 5th Ave W (at Galer). Street parking is available.

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South Lake Union Under the Microscope:
Examining experiments in Urban Revitalization

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This tour examines key ingredients for urban revitalization and discusses the urban design and architectural strategies at work in the vibrant, rapidly growing South Lake Union neighborhood. Participants will experience the evolution of re-investment and re-development in the neighborhood and discuss transformation of a nomansland into one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the country. The tour will engage public master planning projects, private-public ventures, and unique experiments in private development. From Cascade to Westlake and ending up among the most recent projects near Denny Park, this tour shares the recent history of the neighborhood, explores projects illustrating key strategies, and asks participants to consider what is the right mixture for successful revitalization of an urban neighborhood. The tour includes Stackhouse Apartments, St. Spiridon’s, 400 Fairview, 9th and Harrison, and Denny Park.

This tour will start from the same location as last year, the REI Flagship Store (Meet at the corner of Yale Ave & John St: 222 Yale Ave N.)


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Mt Baker: More Than A View

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Accessible from Seattle’s downtown core, Mt. Baker is a neighborhood that provides dramatic backdrops for many outdoor activities, serene lake and mountain views and an array of domestic architectural styles. Learn more about how this vibrant community was forged and sharpen your architectural identification skills as you learn more about the architects, residents and unparalleled natural beauty that have shaped this Seattle neighborhood. Featured stops include an Ellsworth Storey home and other upscale residences.

This tour begins at the Mt. Baker Community Club 2811 Mount Rainier Drive S

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Pike/Pine: Change on an Urban Scale

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Long known as the center of Seattle’s counterculture, this urban neighborhood is in the midst of a building boom, and some fear Pike/Pine’s unique character is under threat. From its beginnings as a quiet residential district to its time as Seattle’s first ‘Auto Row’ and its later role as the heart of the local LGBT community, Pike/Pine has always been defined by change. Its story is written in the buildings and streetscapes that help give the neighborhood its character. Can this character be preserved amidst all the new development? Decide for yourself as we explore the past, present, and future of one of Seattle’s most dynamic districts.This tour starts at 10:00am and lasts approximately two hours.

Tour begins on Capitol Hill, on the Seattle Central Community College Campus, outside the Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway.

Parking for this tour can be found at the Seattle Central Community College parking lots and garages. The Harvard Garage is located at 1609 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. Any of the #10, 11 or 49 buses departing from the Downtown area, will be able to get you right outside Seattle Central Community College.

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1010 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.667.9184

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