Time Passages (They Grow Up So Fast)


[ 4.30.08: John and Pontius ]


[ 8.29.09: John and Pontius ]

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[ 4.25.08: Denny and Westlake ]


[ 6.24.09: Denny and Westlake ]

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[ 4.25.08: Taylor and Denny ]


[ 7.20.09: Taylor and Denny ]

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[ 5.5.08: 8th and Columbia ]


[ 6.4.09: 8th and Columbia ]


[11.17.09: 8th and Columbia ]

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[ 5.5.08: 7th and Madison ]


[ 11.3.09: 7th and Madison ]


[ 11.17.09: 7th and Madison ]

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[ 2.23.08: 9th and Jefferson ]


[ 11.17.09: 9th and Jefferson ]

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[ 2.23.08: 5th and Yesler ]


[ 6.23.09: 5th and Yesler ]

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[ 3.13.08: 8th and Olive ]


[ 4.7.09: 8th and Olive ]

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[ 10.21.08: Terry and Stewart ]


[ 4.21.09: Terry and Stewart ]

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[ 7.8.08: 8th and Westlake ]


[ 3.19.09: 8th and Virginia ]


[ 9.09: 8th and Westlake from 5th Ave ]

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[ 2.13.08: 2nd and Pike ]


[ 10.2.09: skyline ]

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[ 3.18.08: 4th and Virginia ]


[ 8.30.09: 4th and Virginia from Westlake ]


[ 10.2.09: skyline ]

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[ 11.25.07: Jackson and 18th ]


[ 12.13.08: Jackson and 17th ]


[ 12.8.09: Jackson and 18th ]


[ 11.17.09: 17th and Jackson ]

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[ 10.5.08: 19th and Yesler ]


[ 11.3.09: 19th and Yesler ]

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[ 11.28.08: 21st and Union ]


[ 2.7.09: 21st and Union ]


[ 7.11.09: 21st and Union ]

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[ 12.20.07: 14th and Union ]


[ 6.26.08: 14th and Union ]


[ 4.12.09: 14th and Union ]


[ 12.24.09: 14th and Union ]

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[ 12.27.07: 15th and Madison ]


[ 7.14.09: 15th and Madison ]

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[ 10.4.08: 12th and Pine ]


[ 12.24.09: 12th and Pine ]

[ 11.17.09: 12th and Pine ]

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[ 12.26.07: Broadway and Mercer ]


[ 12.26.07: Broadway and Mercer ]

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[ 12.24.07: 11th and Denny ]


[ 8.1.09: 11th and Denny ]

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[ 12.24.07: Denny and Nagle ]


[ 10.18.09:  looking north from Denny and Nagle ]


[ 12.24.07: inside Vivace at Denny and Nagle---this building is no more ]

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17 Responses to “Time Passages (They Grow Up So Fast)”

  1. David Bordoley

    I miss old Vivace :/

  2. Lars

    Vivace and places like it are what, for me makes cities livable. The question for me is how do you ensure that the built environment has a place for such places as opposed to a built space that has no sense of place and could as easily be in Phoenix as Capitol Hill. The AIA group in Seattle has talked about the value of existing built structures such as this one for a livable city. How do we get there?

  3. mahanoy

    Awesome gallery. Nice work putting this together, Dan.

    Lars @2: “The question for me is how do you ensure that the built environment has a place for such places as opposed to a built space that has no sense of place and could as easily be in Phoenix as Capitol Hill.”

    I was just in Phoenix recently and I didn’t see any buildings remotely resembling 1521 or Olive 8 or those Vulcan buildings in SLU. These are distinctive buildings.

    They’re new, though, so they haven’t had time to seep into our collective consciousness of what constitutes “Seattle.” Give them time.

  4. gloomy gus

    I’ve mentally added a photo series of our famous NE corner of Second and Pine depicting the parking lot, then the hole, then the parking lot.

  5. Lars

    mahanoy@3,

    Thanks for the reframe that perhaps they will grow on our collective consciousness. I hope so. I very like aesthetically pleasing well designed buildings and at the same time I want to live in a city that values and uses buildings that represent a variety of architectual style that together encourage people to live, recreate and work. When I look at our neighboring cities of Portland and Vancouver, I see building designs coming together in ways that are exciting. I see less of that here though I probably need to spend more time looking for it. I am not sure what it will take for me to develop trust that the development in this city will hew to more than the maximization of the bottom line.

    When I look at the Pike-Pine Corridor or Ballard Avenue, I see places that attract people and for me one question is how do you encourage that and develop the density in and around it without destroying the already built infra-structure already in place.

  6. mahanoy

    Lars, there’s a real balance to be struck between preservation and dynamic development, and it’s hard to say what the right balance is, but it’s plain to see when they haven’t even tried to strike a balance.

    At the one extreme, there’s a city like Moscow that has thoughtlessly torn down countless historic buildings, as if they were a cultural wrecking crew.

    At the other extreme, there’s a city like San Francisco. I just can’t tell you how depressing it is to go through SF and just not see ANY new condo or townhouse buildings the way you would in Seattle or Portland or Vancouver. As nice as a lot of those old SF buildings are, there’s just an ennui-instilling, energy-sapping sameness to all that old architecture–especially when 2/3rds of the buildings are crap anyway (whether because they were crap to begin with or they haven’t been maintained). Of course, who am I to judge what’s old crap and what isn’t? End result: old crap, and lots of it.

    Oh, and then there are cities like Bellevue that are new. Hey, it’s not Bellevue’s fault it doesn’t have any old buildings with all the color and character they provide, but it’s undeniably an advantage for Seattle that it does.

  7. holz

    yeesh. what’s with all the mediocre projects?

  8. mahanoy

    holz @7: “yeesh. what’s with all the mediocre projects?”

    Hey, what’s with all the mediocre commenters?

  9. JoshMahar

    To think that developers in the first half of the 20th Century were any more concerned about architectural style and “placemaking” than developers today is simply naive. Just like this decade the majority of developers simply wanted to build something they could sell. You really think that Capitol Hill’s millionaires were excited when the first 4 story brick square went up and blocked their views? Of course not! To them they were “ruining the neighborhood”. We only like them today because they have, as Mahanoy so elegantly put it, “seeped into our collective consciousness of what constitutes “Seattle.””

    Only time will tell which buildings attract the sympathy that buildings like Oddfellows Hall does today. Personally I love the look of the John and Pontius project (Cancer center?) and 25 on the Park.

    Also interesting to note: As wonderful as many people found the old Vivace space, they are actually doing better in the new digs at Brix.

    http://crosscut.com/blog/crosscut/18845/

  10. Chris

    Thanks for the compilation, Dan. That took a lot of work.

    several buildings strike me as missed opportunities (the blank, unmodulated west facade on west 8th, the 5th and Yesler building facade), but overall a lot of solid development. We certainly won’t have as much to praise or complain about in coming years.

  11. Joshua Daniel Franklin

    No love for 2201 Westlake (on the right in the 6.24.09: Denny and Westlake pic)? Decent design, LEED Gold, and PATH moved in today. I’ve seen some lights on in the condos so I assume someone’s living there, too. Also, any reason for no building names (SCCA House, Rollin St, Taylor28, etc)?

    @10, yes the John and Pontius building is apts for patient family and recovery housing for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), similar to the Pete Gross House. There’s also some sort of office space and unfinished retail on the ground floor. And, just a block from Vivace’s Alley24 location.

  12. dan cortland

    JDF, you’re a life scientist: it’d be great if in 3-5 years you could post the Kaplan-Meier curves for cancer patients sent to stay in the Pete Gross House along with those for patients who stayed in a building that to some of them might resemble a giant wastepaper basket from Pier 1.

  13. Joshua Daniel Franklin

    A capital idea, my good man! As a control, I’ll also get 50-odd cancer affected families to live in one of Seattle Times’ parking lots.

  14. AGH

    Dan,
    These before and afters are great. Thanks for taking the time to show how the landscape of our city has changed over the past 12 or so months. Not very often we get this kind of perspective in one place. What do you think of the overall building examples you show here? Is out city moving the right direction in terms of type and design of building?

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