Modern PNW Architecture

Amazing blog!!! I’d love to see a post about the Pacific Northwest regional architecture ’30s to ’60s! I’m a Seattle native and proud of some of my city’s architecture (like Koolhaas’s wonderful library) and utterly ashamed of some (Venturi’s art museum), but I’m so accustomed to the stereotypically “northwest” buildings that I often fail to truly appreciate the works that inspired this movement. Also, in your opinion, who is the greatest architectural photographer of all time?


There is one moment in time that defined mid-century in the Pacific Northwest: the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle.

As planned, the exposition left behind a fairground and numerous public buildings and public works; some credit it with revitalizing Seattle’s economic and cultural life. The fair saw the construction of the Space Needle and Alweg monorail, as well as several sports venues (Washington State Coliseum, now KeyArena) and performing arts buildings (the Playhouse, now the Cornish Playhouse), most of which have since been replaced or heavily remodeled. [via]


Pacific Science Center


1962 World’s Fair Postcard




1962 World’s Fair Postcard


Space Needle

PS About the best architectural photographer I think a dedicated post to that question is merited.

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