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  1. Seattle is on a roll. We are rebuilding and remodeling the old Seattle Worlds Fair grounds. The city is a booming place. My prior article was about an old building being torn down. Not a very loved place the old Mercer Forum aka House of Suds. However, the iconic Washington State Pavilion, Seattle Coliseum, Key Arena is much more loved. Two deep pocketed corporations have submitted proposals to the city to renovate it. Lets face it Sports are a draw and the remodels will hopefully attract a new NBA and NHL team to Seattle. There is a lot of dispute over another site down by our football and baseball stadiums. The city who owns Key Arena has been holding on to what a lot think is a white elephant since the Super Sonics went to Oklahoma City. It is time for the city to take charge in this deal. This photo is a good view of the SWF grounds today. The WA St Pavilion aka Key Arena is in the foreground front & center. So... I am excited that the great old building from the Worlds fair is going to be saved. I do have to confess I spent years in the 80s setting up conventions and tradeshows there. Kind of love her on many fronts. Down to brass tacks... Here is a link to Seattle Times article: http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/nba/keyarena-groups-have-similar-goals-different-proposals-for-renovation/ The two bidders are: Seattle Partners - combined AEG & Hudson Pacific Properties proposal will be called the Seattle Coliseum. Here is a link to their site: http://seattlecoliseum.com/ & this one http://www.sonicsrising.com/2017/4/12/15275324/aeg-rolls-out-seattle-coliseum-plan-keyarena - a few renderings are next. OVG - Oak View Group has it's own proposal - Here is a link with some info: http://www.sonicsrising.com/2017/4/12/15276142/ovg-releases-their-own-renderings-seattle-arena-keyarena-chris-daniels and a rendering too.
  2. A double piece of history happened in the last couple of weeks. The Seattle Opera has been refurbishing their buildings on the north side of the old Seattle Worlds Fair grounds (now called Seattle Center). They started to demolish one of the oldest buildings on the grounds and what was found shocked us all. A little history first: The old Seattle Civic Auditorium was built in the mid 1920s. Here is what it looked like from an old postcard. Next to this was built another building we call the Mercer Forum, Exposition Building, Civic Ice Arena and Seattle Center Arena. (see it off to the far left on the postcard) In the old days it was called the House of Suds due to the original patron was a tavern owner. This building was originally built to house an ice arena as part of the Civic Auditorium complex constructed between 1925 and 1928. In addition to the connected Civic Arena and Auditorium, the complex included an adjacent 35,000-seat Civic Ballfield with wooden bleachers and a freestanding building, which combined a Field House on the ground floor and a Veteran’s Hall on the upper floor. The site selected was diagonally adjacent to Mercer Playground, developed in 1910 and named for Seattle pioneer Thomas Mercer, who homesteaded in the vicinity. For the Seattle Worlds Fair they built some other buildings along Mercer Street and to make them all have a modern continuous look they bricked around the whole old Civic Auditorium and the Ice Arena. Years have past and iit was where hockey was played, the opera house used it for a while and concerts performed there. I even helped set up tradeshows in the building. It's time had come to be demolished. No one thought there was much history there even a historian who researched it. So, the wreakers came and low and behold there was the whole building left under the brick. Two gargoyles were smashed before anyone could stop things. But with some help from a local TV historian the Opera House is saving the remaining two. Here is an article with video and photos to enjoy. A little history to behold. http://www.king5.com/news/local/seattle/demolition-unearths-gargoyles-historic-architecture-at-seattle-center/426646185 And a Wiki article on the building too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercer_Arena
  3. Hi all - need help in identifying what this thing is. I found it several years ago and over the holidays have been working on an inventory of my WF mini-museum. I think it is time to get some expert help. The guesses have ranged from an ashtray missing pieces, a way to paint fingernails, or candle holder. All seem just wrong! It is missing some medallions or coins so it is really tacky in a mid-century way. Have searched several times for it but no luck. It is an odd duck. Hope you all had a fabulous holiday!!
  4. When researching the Nasa Building recently I found this very interesting study done by the city of Seattle regarding the Seattle Center aka site of the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair. Hope you enjoy this link http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/documents/SCFinalLandmarksAssessment3-26-13.pdf
  5. One of my dearest friends is an extraordinarily talented photographer living in Seattle, named Thad Westhusing. And he's just posted a beautiful new series of photos on Flickr of Seattle Center; site of the Century 21 Exposition. Here's a link to the images-- hope you all enjoy them as much as I did. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thadwesthusing/sets/72157628982076207/
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