Monday, April 18, 2011

Let's play tourist: Seattle

Bart and I pawned our kids off for the day and drove to Seattle (3 hrs away).  Bart went to a banquet for his high school coach being inducted into the Washington State Football Hall of Fame.
I had even more lofty plans to visit one of the happiest places on Earth.  Here.
Now on my to-do list.  Build Barn.  (Or as it really should read.) Have Bart Build Barn.
Snow run-off.  Turns all mountains into waterfalls.

Mount Baker tunnels built in 1939.  Extend a floating bridge over Lake Washington through the tunnels and into downtown Seattle area.  Also on the National Registry of Historic Places. The freeways run straight into the mountain underneath really cute houses, built practically on top of one another after its completion.

Part of the Seattle Skyline - white building to the left side is the Smith Tower.  Some have called it the most beautiful skyscraper in Seattle. There is 42 stories (quite the feat in 1914) and it's also known for the 35th floor named the Chinese room, furnished in intricately carved woodwork that was a present from the Empress of China to Mr. Smith, when he was building this tower.  Including an intricate chair, named the Wishing Chair, that is fabled that if any single woman sits in the chair she will be married within a year.
My brother in law Cameron has rubbed off on me.  Love cool signage.  Kings Street Station was used for railway transport opening in 1906.  Was the tallest building in Seattle until the Smith Tower opened.  It was placed on the National Register for Historic Place in 1974. In the 1960's workers covered an intricate coffered ceiling in tiles, scraped marble off columns and ornamental plaster scraped from the walls and ceilings.  When workers started the renovation they were surprised to find the original coffered ceiling underneath the 10 foot drop ceiling, and are currently restoring as many features as possible at a cost of at least $27 million.

King Street Clock Tower.  Built in 1906.  In process of being restored. Restoring all four clock faces to working order. Also part of restoration wrapping ledge in fabric apparently.  Only problem with restoration all original pictures of the clocks were in black and white.  There were neon lights that back lit the clocks but no one has record of what color the lights were originally.  

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