Every week I walk past this majestic old building in downtown Seattle. When I look up, I feel a sense of grandeur from the seasoned old bricks that make up its skin, from the layers and columns forming its shape, and from the multitude of narrow bright windows that nestle in the crevices of its vertical creases like small eyes looking out at the world. I wonder who made this building, who designed its sleek-yet-antiquated lines, who paid the money to have this regal edifice put up in the middle of downtown Seattle? It sits on a steep hill, like much of downtown, and it looks out upon a glorious view of Elliott Bay, the ferries steaming to and fro, sailboats and cargo ships and working-class tugboats plying the surface of waters populated with giant octopuses, salmon and small sharks, starfish, mussels and barnacles beneath the surface. What has it seen in its 80- or 100-year history? Who inhabits its offices? Does it sense the humans that come and go inside its tallness? I think the trees in front, with their small pale-green leaves, are playing, frolicking gleefully in front of the sturdy, stalwart edifice that sits behind them. What do you think?
Here is another view, what you see from the street if you don’t look up!
What building is this? Did you guess? Its name is the Seattle Tower. (I Googled it just now, and that’s how I found out.) Also known as the Northern Life Tower. Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia article on it. Isn’t Google search amazing.
The Seattle Tower, originally known as the Northern Life Tower, is a 27-story skyscraper in downtown Seattle, Washington. The building is located on 1218 Third Avenue and is known as Seattle’s first art-deco tower. Its distinctive, ziggurat exterior is clad in 33 shades of brick designed to effect a gradient which lightens from the bottom to the top of the building. This is said to have been inspired by local rock formations. (from Wikipedia)
What have you noticed lately? Do you walk by something every day and never quite look up to see what it is? Thanks for visiting!