Seattle's Famous Architecture Tour, Seattle

Seattle's Famous Architecture Tour, Seattle
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Seattle Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Seattle Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Seattle is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Washington. It offers everything from beautiful architecture and amazing religious buildings to unique museums and galleries, spectacular gardens and parks and one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. Take this walking tour to explore some of the better known architectural beauties of Seattle.

Seattle's Famous Architecture Tour Map

Guide Name: Seattle's Famous Architecture Tour
Guide Location: USA » Seattle (See other walking tours in Seattle)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: doris
Columbia Center

1) Columbia Center (must see)

The Columbia Center located at 701, 5th Avenue Seattle is the tallest building in downtown Seattle and in the State of Washington. The skyscraper towers over the city of Seattle offering breathtaking views of Seattle and its surroundings from the observation deck on the 73rd floor.

The Columbia Center was first designed to be 1005 ft tall. FAA regulations reduced the height of the building because it stood on the flight path of the Sea Tac Airport. It opened in March 1985 as the Columbia...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
1001 Fourth Avenue Plaza

2) 1001 Fourth Avenue Plaza

Safeco Plaza, previously 1001 Fourth Avenue Plaza, and the Seattle-First National Bank Building, is a 50-story, 192 m (630 ft) skyscraper in downtown Seattle, Washington. Locals nicknamed it "The Box the Space Needle Came In". When the tower was completed in 1969, it dwarfed Smith Tower, which had reigned as downtown's tallest building since 1914, and edged out the Space Needle (1962) in Seattle Center by 25 ft (7.6 m). It was the first class-A office building in Seattle. The...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Seattle Central Library

3) Seattle Central Library (must see)

The Flagship library of the Seattle Public Library system presents a new and innovative architectural face to the world. The building looks as if it has floating platforms enclosed by a glass outer layer supported by steel netting. The intention of the design was to celebrate the relevance of books even in the electronic age. The Seattle Central Library opened its doors in May 2004. The building was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus of the OMA/LMN Company and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rainier Tower

4) Rainier Tower

The Rainier Tower in the Metropolitan tract of Seattle at 150 Fifth Avenue towers above an underground shopping mall called the Rainier Park. Both get their name from Rainier Bank that later merged with Security Pacific that later became the Bank of America.

The unique feature of the tower is its shape. The 31 story skyscraper stands on top of an 11 storey pedestal that gives the structure the appearance of an upside down pyramid. The tower stands on 25% of its site at the bottom and the...   view more
US Bank Centre

5) US Bank Centre

US Bank Centre is a 177 m (581 ft) skyscraper in Seattle, Washington. It was constructed from 1987 to 1989 in a Postmodern architectural style and has 44 floors. It is the eighth tallest building in Seattle and was designed by Callison Architecture. The skyscraper's design is stunning with its gigantic vaulted ceilings and artwork. It opened as Pacific First Centre and has 289,000 m2 (3,110,000 sq ft) of office...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Seaboard Building

6) Seaboard Building (must see)

The Seaboard Building in Seattle located on Westlake Avenue in the Central Business District is an eleven floor high rise steel building with a terra cotta façade. The 100,000 square foot building has both office and residential spaces.

The first tenant of the Seaboard building when construction was complete in 1909 was the Northern Bank and Trust Company. Today, the first five floors are used by offices while the higher floors have 25 residential condominium units. The building was given...   view more
1201 Third Avenue Building

7) 1201 Third Avenue Building

Formerly known as the Washington Mutual Tower, this Skyscraper located at 1201 3rd Avenue is one of the tallest buildings in Seattle next to the Columbia Center. The structure stands at a height of 231.31 meters and has 55 floors.

The skyscraper at 1201 3rd Avenue was designed by Kohn Pederson Fox Associates and the McKinley Architects. The building stands on the site of the 12 storey Savoy Hotel that was imploded in 1986. The basic style of the Savoy Hotel was used by the architects to...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Seattle Tower

8) Seattle Tower

Local rock formations inspired the design of this 27 story Seattle skyscraper located in 1218 3rd Avenue. The tower was built by the Northern Life Insurance Company headquartered in Seattle.

The Seattle Tower or Northern Life Tower has a facade with 33 shades of bricks. The brick color lightens from the bottom to the top of the tower. The structure has an art deco style inspired by the Ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia. The building, completed in 1928, is on the National Register of Historic...   view more


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