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."
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  • September 28, 2017
    Walking downtown on my first day at sunset I looked over and saw this beautiful patch of green down the hill. I had to go. It's a small Park just outside pike place market and overlooks the waterfront...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    This park is really not a destination but one you might pass by walking up or down the water front. Has a nice totem pole you can see from the street.  more »
  • June 19, 2017
    Not a good experience for us. A great park in a great location next to Pike Place Market but filled with more than 50-60 homeless people begging for money and a few addicts as well. It was dirty and n...  more »
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  • May 27, 2017
    Great views of Seattle! There was a diverse crowd enjoying a peaceful Sat. afternoon together at this location during my visit. A family shared bubbles with my son there and Pike Place Market is close.
  • April 4, 2017
    This is a nice place to relax or picnic. We spent about an hour here chilling. It was a lovely day to lay back and nap. It's also good for people-watching. Very centrally located with access to public restrooms, food, snacks, coffee etc. Probably not as fun in the rain, so watch the weather report.
  • June 20, 2017
    Nice vantage point with Pike Place Fish Market nearby. Also near some good (and expensive) restaurants, and a great place to meet lots of tourists. Quite a few homeless people and crazies though.
  • June 29, 2017
    Sweet totem. Nice little Park. The sun was out. So we're the people.
  • July 2, 2017
    The views are spectacular it's absolutely just a gorgeous breathtaking View especially if you there when one of the cruise ships pools in. As a reminder I didn't know this but it is a no smoking in the park area. I was allowed to smoke on the exterior benches next to the sidewalk just isn't polite FYI.

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