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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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  • We passed by this park for 4 consecutive days while on our way to the public market. They have a totem pole and some other public art which are interesting. The view of the water and the lawn were rea...  more »
  • Just a step from Pike place market! On a sunny day just have a few minutes of true relaxation with the great view and market special taste! I took some cheese and corn and let the music get into my ve...  more »
  • Nice location Good view Near Pike Place Market But.. Smelly Small Renovation nearby Noisy Go elsewhere for lunch...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great views. Lots of people come here including the homeless. Not really a place I would feel super comfortable.
  • Great view of the Bay from the park, especially if you are visiting Pike Place Market, but there can be a lot of noise from the 99 and a lot of un-desirable people hanging about, but they seem to keep to themselves.
  • Nice grassy area overlooking the water next to Pikes. Like others have said there are a lot of homeless there.