Twin Towers of Seattle

What’s it about hotels? I think the glossy glass monoliths of Seattle just leave me a bit cold, and the sort of kitchy but at least more… I dunno… hopeful(?) stuff from earlier generations seems like it has a bit more soul. Like our vestigal monorail and Space Needle (both products of the 60’s), the Westin at least *looks* like it hails from the same age.

Twin towers of the Seattle Westin

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As it turns out, the first tower was built in 1969, but the second wasn’t completed until 1982 – I guess by then they had to follow the same plan.  I like the idea of Seattle having a set of twin towers to call its own – maybe not as graceful or aspirational, but they fit the vibe of summertime in the northwest.













The Towers of Power

UW Red Square Brick Towers

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The University of Washington is not lacking for nice architecture.  Quite opposed to the soviet-bloc style architecture of my alma mater, UW for the most part feels the way a real old-fashioned school should – lots of ornate stone buildings with ivy up the side.  They also have this brick thing going on in places, especially the aptly-named Red Square (not to be confused with that other Red Square).  Although home to a couple statues, a lot of freshmen, and a great view of Suzallo Library, I like the brick monoliths above the best.   The fact that they only built them to ventilate the parking garage underneath only sorta detracts from them.