For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge I thought I’d take you on a tour of downtown Seattle with a little history on the way. Use the slider to view the image in both color, and black and white.
My first job downtown was next door to the tallest building in town at the time. Then called the Seafirst Bank Building it was also known as ‘the box the Space Needle came in.’ I think some folks believed it.
Later on I worked near another monolith – the Columbia Center – at 933 feet and 76 stories, still the tallest in Seattle.
But the earliest record holder for tallest Seattle skyscraper was the Smith Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi when built in 1914. I remember taking the bus downtown when I was a kid and paying 35 cents to the bellhop to ride the elevator to the top.
It’s still the most iconic of Seattle’s skyscrapers though it’s clearly dwarfed by it neighbors in the skyline.
The Amazon spheres appeared much later downtown as the company gobbled up real estate in South Lake Union.
Their new buildings created a canyon through which to view the Space Needle in the distance.
Finally I’ll close with scenes from the Pike Place Market, opened in 1907 and a favorite of locals and tourists alike.
Mostly I prefer a Seattle in color but it was fun to experiment with black and white.
I hope you enjoyed the tour.