Even before it had no right to such a claim, Seattleites have been calling their home the “largest city in the Pacific Northwest.” That still holds true in the 21st century, but Seattle could just as easily be known these days as a “company town.” That company is Amazon and its investment in historic downtown neighborhoods is transforming the city. Thanks to photographs from the Seattle Municipal Archives and the Library of Congress, and some modern snapshots from Google Street View we can look in on the progress on Seattle streets and put the coming of these business palaces in perspective…
RENTCafé invites you to take a stroll down memory lane—simply drag the arrows bar back-and-forth to view the old and the new images.
1. Third & Union — Pike Market
The Melbourne Tower, christened the Republic Building when it rose at 1511 Third Avenue at the northwest corner of Pike Street , dates to 1928. It was designed by architect George Willis Lawton who began designing Seattle buildings in the Victorian Age but its timeless classical features still look fresh in today’s bustling downtown environment.