Ruffles and Flourishes-Architectural Detail in Downtown Seattle

This week’s Photo Challenge topic of Detail was perfect!  I had been planning to do a post on this topic for a while, and everything came together nicely.  This one also goes with last week’s Look Up theme.  So I packed up my camera and notebook, got in my car, and drove the 20 miles from my home to downtown Seattle.  This is what I found, by looking Up at the many older buildings downtown (and one new one).

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These are the Decatur Building on Sixth Avenue.

These next pictures are the old Eagles Auditorium on Union Street.  Yes, the rock group The Eagles did play there in the 1970s.  It is now the home of the ACT Theater, and I’m really glad they kept the beautiful details of the outside of the building.


The Cobb Building is one of the most famous Seattle landmarks.  When I was growing up, it was filled with medical and dental offices.  It now contains condominiums.


Also famous as one of the best Art Deco buildings in Seattle is the old Northern Life Tower, now called the Seattle Tower.  It has many beautiful details.



Even the underside of the door canopy is decorated!  Inside, the elevator doors are also in the same motif.  Very beautiful.

The Exchange Building is from the same period as the Northern Life Tower, and has some of the same kind of exterior detail.


On First Avenue and Marion Street is the old Federal Building, and the original Seattle Post Office.  This complex dates from 1931, and is an excellent example of Art Deco.



And One New Flourish.  1201 Fourth Avenue.


Next time you are downtown in your city, look up.  You might notice things that are very beautiful.

3 thoughts on “Ruffles and Flourishes-Architectural Detail in Downtown Seattle

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