Victor Steinbrueck Park, Seattle

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Victor Steinbrueck Park is a 0.8 acre (3,000 m²) park overlooking Elliott Bay from Downtown Seattle, Washington, USA. Located just northwest of Pike Place Market, between Western Avenue and the Alaskan Way Viaduct at the foot of Virginia Street, the park overlaps the former site of the Washington National Guard Armory, built c. 1909, damaged by fire in 1962 during an era where the future of the Market itself was a contentious issue, and torn down in 1968.
Seattle architect Victor Steinbrueck, who was instrumental in the preservation of Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square, wrote of this location in 1968, "One of the grandest downtown lookout places is at Western Avenue where it meets Pike Place and Virginia Street. It has been neglected by the city and its possibilities for enjoyment are ignored except by a few habitués and passing pedestrians." Steinbrueck was strongly opposed to the demolition of the armory. "Buildings like this," he wrote, "(and there are very few) offer an irreplaceable tie with the past as well as adding variety and interest to new surroundings. Restoration is not at all impossible or difficult for sympathetic designers. Others can always find practical reasons for destruction."
The city purchased the land in 1968, demolished the remnant of the armory, and transferred ownership to the parks department in 1970. The park was landscaped in 1982 as Market Park. Two cedar totem poles, designed by Victor Steinbrueck himself and carved by James Bender, were added in 1984. After Steinbrueck's death in 1985, the park was renamed after him. Steinbrueck's son Peter, also an architect, would later serve on the Seattle City Council 1997–2007.
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  • There’s a little park offers an excellent panorama of the Puget sound. Unfortunately it is filled with litter, worth a brief stop if you are in the public market area.  more »
  • In this park, we spent our lunch break. In the morning we were at the farmers market, the "left bank" book store and the first Starbucks ever. Then we continued along to the waterfront. And in between this small sunny corner was to consume the right to the mitgebrchten sandwiches and ever to look at the water. In the distance the mountains of the "Olympic National Park" and three large cruise ships that we dream of a trip to Alaska in the port. What do you need more for a quiet 30 minutes.
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  • Very busy park with an eclectic mix of park goers. No shade unless you are lucky enough to sit in the shadow of the totem pole. Great harbour and mountain views on a clear day. Lots of pigeons and seagulls around; watch your food.
  • I passed here several times when going to the Pike Place Market. The park is super small and got a great water view on its front. However, at night, lots of homeless people slept here.

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