Seattle Public Library
There’s not much chance you’ll miss glimpsing the Seattle Public Library, but it’s worth going inside for a closer look. Conceived by...
Downtown Seattle YMCA
The Y is notably traveler-friendly, and this location has clean, classy, updated equipment including a pool, free weights, cardio...
Formerly the Northern Life Tower, this 26-story art deco skyscraper, built in 1928, was designed to reflect the mountains of the Pacific...
Cementing downtown’s reputation as a font of good hotel bars is the Bookstore, encased in the front window of the Alexis Hotel, which...
This handsome and atmospheric business favorite fills up with stock analysts and bankers who pour out of nearby office towers. Though...
Lonely Planet review
Built in 1969, and originally known as 1001 Fourth Avenue Plaza, this was one of the city’s first real skyscrapers. At the time, 1001 Fourth Ave Plaza was a darling of the architectural world, though nowadays the 50-story bronze block looks dated. Locals nicknamed it ‘the box that the Space Needle came in'.
In the plaza outside is the Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae , a sculpture by Henry Moore – a result of Seattle’s ‘1% for art’ clause, under which 1% of the construction cost of the building is invested in public art.