DOWNTOWN TOURS

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DOWNTOWN TOURS

Our Downtown tours begin in various locations. Please review your confirmation email to ensure that you have the right address. Most downtown tours are approximately two hours in length, unless otherwise noted 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/$12 for members/$25 cash, day of event. Online registration is handled through Bold Type Tickets. For more information see our Tours FAQ page.

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Diamonds & Gold: The Art Deco Skyscraper Northwest Style

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Take a trip back in time to the Roaring 20s. Following the horrors of World War I, architects began fusing modern structural advances with beautiful, lively, organic designs to create the style known as Art Deco. On this tour, we’ll go back in time to visit lush lobbies and ornate commercial buildings to learn how technology, archeology and French design influences some of Seattle’s most impressive buildings. You’ll discover diamonds and gold. And you’ll see how Northwest imagery was incorporated into the Deco elegance and innovation of these architectural gems. Featured stops Exchange Building, the Seattle Tower and Washington Athletic Club.

This tour will leave from inside the Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby at 411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

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Greatest Hits: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers

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It’s a new riff on the city as we focus on the construction, context, and culture which shaped our skyline, from golden oldies like Kirtland Cutter’s Rainier Club to popular favorites like the Rem Koolhaas’ asymmetric, cantilevered Central Library. You’ll develop an appreciation for the social forces which shaped Seattle and our built environment. Featured stops include the Fifth & Madison Condominium/901 Fifth Avenue Plaza and Seattle City Hall.


This tour will leave from inside the Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby at 411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

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Design Details: Lions, Griffins & Walruses, Oh My!

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Engineering makes a building stand up, but intricate adornments and elaborate embellishments makes one stand out. Take a walk through Seattle’s design history by taking a close look at the details that give a building its personality. Develop an appreciation for and understanding of materials from types of stone, terra cotta, bricks, and metals, and how an architect’s decisions add to the overall character of the structure. Featured stops include the Arctic Club, Cobb Building and Smith Tower.

This tour will leave from inside the Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby at 411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

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Art + Architecture: Let the Streets be Your Museum!

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Experience the best of public and privately funded art. From hatch covers to fountains to sculpture, Seattle’s collection is a diverse civic resource that makes art an integral part of our daily lives. This tour will educate you about development and implementation of public art programs and their integration into architecture, interior and landscape design. Featured stops include Freeway Park and the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

This tour will leave from inside the Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby at 411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

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Hidden Spaces/Public Places: Private Property + Public Amenity = Additional Development Rights

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Explore some of downtown’s hidden treasures, like public parks, plazas and open spaces. Many of these spaces are owned by private developers but are in fact places where you can enjoy beautiful landscapes and private art collections away from the hustle and bustle of city streets.

This tour starts at City Centre (NW corner of lobby at 5th Ave and Pike St) 1420 5th Ave Seattle, WA 98101.The tour group will meet in the northwest area of the building’s lobby.

Hidden Spaces/Public Places also features a number of stairs and concludes at the Harbor Steps. Please let your guide know if you, or another member of your party, have any restrictions.


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High Ambitions: Concrete, Steel, Glass & Egos

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Take a closer look at the buildings that define Seattle’s skyline from the Post-Modernism of the 1980s to 21st-Century Contemporary, learn about changing styles as well as emerging trends such as green architecture, the adaptive re-use of historic buildings, and the increase in high-rise condominiums downtown. Featured buildings include: U.S. Federal Courthouse, Westin Hotel, Olive 8, Seattle Sheraton Hotel, One & Two Union Square, U.S. Bank Center, IBM Plaza, Rainier Square, Safeco Plaza, Union Bank of CA and Fifth and Madison condos, and the Bank of America Tower.

This tour starts at Smith Tower 506 2nd Ave Seattle, WA 98104.

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Thank you to the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture for sponsoring out tour Season OAC_logoforweb[black]
photo_retail_bookcover The book, Seattle Architecture: A Walking Guide to Downtown, is available at the following locations:
    • SAF Gallery
    • Peter Miller Books
    • Watson Kennedy — Purveyor of Fine Goods
    • “Made in Washington” Stores
    • Most bookstores
Follow this link for more information. Distribution by University of Washington Press ISBN 13: 978-0-615-14129-9

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Schmitz Preserve Park Walking Tour – Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks

Learn about the history of Schmitz Reserve Park

Meet in the parking lot at 5551 SW Admiral Way.

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The Madrona neighborhood has seen many transitions from beach-side playground to "streetcar suburb". Learn more on our Madrona tour on 8/3.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2M4QNry
Photos: Evan Chakroff

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Explore some of downtown’s hidden treasures, like public parks, plazas and open spaces on our Hidden Spaces Tour on July 12.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2lLbU2h

Photo: Alice Hammond

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Future Seattle 2020 - Tallest Building Projects and Proposals in Seattle

Following up on last weekend's content, here's a video showing a rendered snapshot of future Seattle. Note, the alternative design for 701 4th Ave by local firm LMN Architects at the end!

Seattle is undergoing a large residential tower boom, with dozens of skyscrapers being erected over these next several years. Make sure to click on the bell ...

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There's an Upcoming Diamonds & Gold Tour: The Art Deco Skyscraper Northwest Style this Friday. A great chance to train your eye for detail.

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/DGoldTix
photo by: Alice Hammond

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Thanks so much to Glassworks: Architectural Art Glass and Sandler Architects for hosting last week's Design Soiree! Such a great time learning about architectural art glass and how it can be ... See more

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Don't miss the upcoming Design Details tour on 6/21!

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2HOXiLD

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Explore some of downtown’s hidden treasures, like public parks, plazas and open spaces on our Hidden Spaces/Public Places Tour!
June 22
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2lLbU2h

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Electric Coffin wants to zap art into the Seattle cityscape

Check out the DISCOVER + DISRUPT exhibit at the Center for Architecture & Design between now and August 31.

Electric Coffin AIA Seattle #design #exhibits

The local artist collective makes a case for adding “wonderment” to the everyday.

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Startup wants to automate the home design process

Higharc wants to put the power of design in the homebuyers hands, allowing would-be-home-builders to have a larger role in the look of their project than simply buying from a catalogue.

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