Seattle is known for a number of things: beautiful summers, coffee, the famous flying fish at Pike Place Market. But, did you know this gem of the Pacific Northwest is also home to some incredible architecture?
The city is chock full of really cool buildings, both old and new, that draw visitors from around the world. If you love visiting cities and seeing something beyond your standard skyscraper, you’re in for a treat.
In this post, we’re going to highlight some of the fascinating Seattle architecture that you’ll find across the skyline. Grab your camera and let’s take a look!
Of course, no discussion of Seattle’s skyline can be complete without mentioning perhaps it’s most famous feature, the Space Needle. This was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and attracts all sorts of visitors still today. You can get an incredible 360-degree view from the top of the observation deck, over 500 feet up!
Seattle Public Library
Built in 2004, the Seattle Public Library was a hit from the start. This modern piece of architecture features a combination of steel, glass, and concrete that only adds to the skyline. Even if you’re not looking to spend much time in the library, make a visit to the lobby and look up, you’ll undoubtedly be amazed.
King Street Station
There are very few old railway stations left standing today in America, but the King Street Station is one of them, thankfully! It was built way back in 1906 and modeled after the famous San Marco bell tower in Venice, Italy. As you wait for your train, check out the flourishes and painted ceilings.
Museum of Pop Culture
The famous architect Frank Gehry designed Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, called MoPOP for short. So, you know it’s worth a visit just for that. The museum itself is a perfect family-friendly spot. Take a close look, and you’ll be able to see that the design is deconstructed guitars.
The Old Rainier Brewery
There aren’t too many cities where an old brewery would hit the list of top architectural spots, but that’s precisely what makes Seattle so unique. Today, the Old Rainier Brewery brews no longer but instead is a mixed-use building of office space and art galleries. Are you having trouble finding it? Look for the big “R” in the skyline!
The University of Washington has a big presence in and around Seattle proper. But one of it’s biggest draws is the Suzzallo Library. Even though it was built in 1926, it truly evokes the feel of a building that is much older, harkening back to the days of a gothic design so popular in the libraries of Europe.
Historic Chinatown Gate
Seattle is home to one of the largest and most vibrant Asian American communities in the country. In the Chinatown section of Seattle, you’ll be welcomed by the Historic Chinatown Gate. The gate itself is 45 feet tall and is covered in over 8,000 ceramic tiles that were crafted in Southern China.
Of course, there’s a much more to Seattle than just these spots. If you love fascinating architecture and sightseeing, you can’t go wrong here.