American Architecture

Field Trip to Seattle, Monday, July 12, approximately 1:30-3:30 p.m.

We will meet at the corner of 4th Avenue and Jackson Street in front of Union Station.


By car: If you drive, keep in mind that you will have to pay for parking in Seattle either at meters on the street or in a lot.  Driving from the UWT campus to downtown Seattle will take approximately 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic.  Take I-5 north and exit at the S. Spokane exit (just before the interchange with I-90).  Continue straight off the ramp on S. Spokane Street and turn right on 4th Avenue South.  Drive north on 4th Avenue to Jackson St.; turn right on Jackson.  Union Station will be on your right.

By bus/train: You can take the 594 Seattle Express from either the UWT campus on the west side of Pacific Avenue or from the Tacoma Dome Transit Center.  If you leave from the Transit Center there is plenty of free parking in the adjacent parking garages.  The bus leaves from 24th Street.  Take the bus all the way to Seattle getting off at the 4th and Jackson stop.  You will be on the west side of Union Station.  Just walk up 4th Avenue to get to the front of the station.  The bus leaves UWT at approximately 12:25.  This same bus leaves the Transit Center at 12:33 p.m.  The fare is $3.00 one way.  The bus arrives at 4th and Jackson about 1:17.  If you miss this bus, the next one to Seattle leaves thirty minutes later.  If you take the later bus, you may still be able to catch us at Union Station or as we walk west along Jackson St. toward Pioneer Square, but try to make the earlier bus.

We will finish the tour by the Seattle Central Library at 4th and Madison.  If you need to get back to Tacoma for a 5:00 p.m. class, you can catch either the 3:15 or the 3:50 train back to Tacoma at King Street Station (across 4th Ave. S. from Union Station).  Take any bus heading south on 2nd or 3rd Ave. and ask the bus driver where to get off for King Street Station.  Buses are free in downtown Seattle.  The train fare to Tacoma is $4.75.  Purchase tickets on the platform before you get on the train.  The train will take you to the Tacoma Dome and then you can walk through Freighthouse Square to catch the Tacoma Link Light Rail back to campus.  Later trains leave for Tacoma at 4:20, 4:45, 5:12, 5:40 and 6:15.  

Feel free to bring a guest.

Building List

International District Station of the Downtown Transit Tunnel, Gary Hartnett with artists Sonya Ishii and Alice Adams, 1990
505 Union Station, NBBJ, 2000
Union Station, Daniel J. Patterson, 1911
King Street Station, Charles Reed and Allen Stem, 1906
King Street Center, NBBJ, 1999 (LEED Gold)
Cadillac Hotel (Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park), 1889; rehabilitation, 2005
Qwest Field, Ellerbe Becket, 2002
Safeco Field, NBBJ, 1999
Washington Shoe Building, Boone & Wilcox, 1892; Blackwell & Baker, 1912;  ca. 1930, unknown
State Building, Elmer Fisher, 1891
Fire Station No. 10, Frank L. Baker, 1929
Waterfall Garden, Masao Kinoshita, 1977
Occidental Park: pergola, 1972; crest poles, Duane Pasco, 1970s and 1980s
Smith Tower, Gaggin and Gaggin, 1914 (42 stories)
Interurban Building, John Parkinson, 1890
Pioneer Building, Elmer Fisher, 1892
Pergola, Julian F. Everett, 1909
Crest Pole, Tlingit, 1938
“Sinking Ship” Garage, 1963; on site of Occidental Hotel, Donald McKay, 1884, burned 1889; Seattle Hotel, 1890, demolished 1963
Norton Building, Bindon and Wright, with Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, 1959
Exchange Building, John Graham, Sr., 1931
Colman Building, Stephen J. Meany, 1889-93; August Tidemand, c. 1900-1904; canopy, Arthur B. Loveless, 1930
Old Federal Office Building, James A. Whetmore, 1933
Henry M. Jackson Federal Office Building, Fred Bassetti, 1974
Globe Building (now Alexis Hotel), Max Umbrecht, 1901; remodeled 1982
Beebe Building, ?
Hotel Cecil, Max Umbrecht, 1901
Watermark Tower, Al Bumgardner, 1982
Grand Pacific, 1898
Colonial Hotel, Max Umbrecht, 1901
Seattle Art Museum, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, 1991; Seattle Art Museum/Russell Investments Center (formerly WAMU Center), Allied Works Architecture and NBBJ, 2002-2007
Brooklyn Building, 1890
Benaroya Hall, LMN Architects, 1998
Rainier Tower, Minoru Yamasaki, 1979
Northern Life Tower, Abraham Albertson with Joseph Wilson and Paul Richardson, 1929
Telephone Building, Bebb and Gould, 1920
1201 Third Avenue Tower (Washington Mutual Tower), Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and The McKinley Architects, 1988
Seattle Public Library, Rem Koolhaas, Office of Metropolitan Architecture, and LMN Architects, 2004; 1st Seattle Public Library, 1906; 2nd SPL, Leonard Bindon and John L. Wright, with Decker, Christiansen, and Kitchin, 1960
1001 4th Ave. (Safeco Building), NBBJ, 1968