For a city that was founded as late as 1851, Seattle has a wealth of history. In less than a century, Seattle went from pioneer settlement to regional metropolis. Having lost almost all of its downtown buildings in the devastating fire of 1889, it took every bit of the city's famous "Seattle Spirit" to rebuild and start again. While many more landmarks have been lost since 1889, this richly illustrated book brings back to life the city's forgotten buildings, structures and neighborhoods to reveal the Seattle that once was.
Lost Seattle features many previously unpublished images of architectural treasures that were lost to the wrecking ball long before the era of historic preservation. As well as the outright losses, like Yesler Mansion, Elks Hall and Kingdome, Lost Seattle also includes sites that have been damaged, significantly altered or repurposed over the years. Among these losses are whole areas that have been transformed (the City of Georgetown, Denny Hill and Japantown), forms of transportation that have become obsolete (interurban railways and cable cars) and buildings that have been totally reconstructed (Carnegie Central Library, Plymouth Church and the Coliseum).
Offering a rare glimpse into the past, Lost Seattle includes the extravagant buildings of the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition and the 1962 World's Fair, elegant hotels (Occidental, Denny and Seattle), grand department stores (MacDougall & Southwick and Frederick & Nelson), as well as the city's once thriving theaters and picture palaces (New Pantages, Orpheum and Fox). Landmarks that have been lost more recently, like Boeing Headquarters, the Fun Forest and Fort Lawton are also featured. To revisit these sites and many more, open these pages, step back in time and enjoy the glorious architectural past of Seattle.
Lost Seattle looks at the cherished places in the city that time, progress and fashion have swept aside. As well as celebrating forgotten architectural treasures, Lost Seattle also looks at building that have changed use, vanished under a wave of new construction or been transformed beyond recognition.
Yesler Mill - Occidental Hotel - Denny Hotel - Luna Park - Colman Dock Clock Tower - Golden Potlatch - Carnegie Central Library - Hotel Seattle - Plymouth Church - New Pantages Theater - Kalakala - Orpheum Theater - Fox Theatre - Frederick & Nelson Department Store - Rainier Brewery - Kingdome - Boeing Headquarters - Nippon Kan - Washington Mutual - Fun Forest - Fort Lawton
I've only broke the surface of this book and love everything I have seen / read thus far! Very pleased that I added this to my collection!Published 9 months ago by M. McAmmond
Very well reproduced pictures and excellent write ups of some little known Seattle history. It's a bargain. Ketcherside is a Seattle historian to be reckoned with.Published 15 months ago by Paul Middents
Well researched and written book about the colorful history of Seattle. Rob did a bang up job of putting this together. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jan