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Old February 12th, 2009, 11:09 PM   #1
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Historical Seattle and Puget Sound

I found a lot of pictures online and thought you guys might enjoy it!

Seattle was known as The Nation's Most Beautiful City, 1962.


Original Downtown Monorail Station, 1962.


Washington Plaza (They renamed it to The Westin) 1969. Second tower were built in 1982.


Old Proposed Stadium, 1963.


Seattle Skyline 1979.


Downtown Seattle 1951.


Downtown Seattle 1963.


In 1914, people thought Seattle would look like this in 2014.


Space Needle, 1961.


Downtown Seattle, 1961.


Old Seattle Center model, late 1950s.


Fourth Avenue, 1951.


Space Needle, 1961.


Rendering of original downtown monorail station, late 1950s.


Please feel free to post any old photos of Seattle and Puget Sound.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 12:06 AM   #2
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Awesome finds Crazy!!!!!

Look how beautiful Seattle was before I-5 sliced it. I love old photos of cities.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 12:38 AM   #3
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What great photo finds! Love them! So glad the freeway was built though. ;D

Some real cool proposed ideas.

The 1914 image of them thinking of 2014 is really interesting. Still thinking of buildings in the old style design, but then they got an odd modern tower, which is sort of like the Space Needle. Modern idea for the time.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 12:47 AM   #4
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Would have been nice to see that waterfront stadium, very cool idea!
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Old February 13th, 2009, 01:17 AM   #5
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Thanks, guys!

More pictures.

Seattle

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1984 - Columbia Center construction





1986



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1989

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Old February 13th, 2009, 02:02 AM   #6
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I have to say, I'm liking how she's turning out!

I think we need that waterfront stadium though :-)
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Old February 13th, 2009, 05:34 AM   #7
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Wow CAC, these are so interesting. I can't stopping looking at them. Thanks.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 05:41 AM   #8
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Look how beautiful Seattle was before I-5 sliced it.
I was thinking the same thing.

Actually, it looks like it's probably under construction still in this picture:







I've looked at old census data. I-5 destroyed the most densely populated area Seattle has ever had. :-\
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Old February 13th, 2009, 06:53 AM   #9
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Crazy .. just terrific. I'm all teared up even Can't decide if I liked it more then or now!
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Old February 13th, 2009, 06:58 AM   #10
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No problems, guys! You guys can post any pictures of Seattle and Puget Sound here too! I would love to see what you guys can find!

I know I asked this long time ago at other thread. I am trying to find construction pictures of Washington Mutual Tower but I only found a several but all of them are closed up not see the rest of tower when it was being built. If you guys have it, please post it. Thanks!

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Old February 13th, 2009, 08:46 AM   #11
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fascinating compilation. Thanks for your efforts in putting this together.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 10:01 AM   #12
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This is the best thread ever, btw.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 09:18 PM   #13
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That's great stuff.
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http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/MetroGuy03/seattle_2014_01thumbnail.jpg

This is fantastic!

Note the ultra high density sparse tree-less landscape; could it be they didn't have an appreciation for trees. I love how they have what would I guess now be helicopters (the flying 'buses?'). And what super strong super liteweight materials could support these titanic land castles?
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Old February 14th, 2009, 01:17 AM   #15
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Thanks, guys!

I tried to save these images and post it here but this website won't let me because of copyrights... This link shows the process of I-5 freeway constructions.

http://content.lib.washington.edu/cd...ngluke&x=0&y=0
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Old February 14th, 2009, 01:53 AM   #16
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Denny Regrade

Denny Hotel (Built in around 1890s and demolished in around 1907 for Denny Regrade)

















After Denny Regrade

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Old February 14th, 2009, 01:56 AM   #17
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Central Building

I like to learn about this building... Where it was built and what replaced this building?

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Old February 14th, 2009, 01:57 AM   #18
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Kingdom Implosion

I am sure some of you guys were around to see this demolition of Kingdome.

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Old February 14th, 2009, 07:17 AM   #19
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I love the row of lowrises going up the hill. Very SF.

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Old February 14th, 2009, 08:28 AM   #20
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Check out Denny Hill. And we complain about the inconvenience of construction. Our fair city was Truly Ugly for a very long time.

As for the Central Building - it's still there! 810 Third Avenue, Built 1907. Good trivia question, Crazy. That photo was how it as originally envisioned.
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