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Victor Steinbrueck Park, Seattle

(1.6/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
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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  • At the end of the Pike place Market we found this park which at that time were rehabilitating to build the avenue that goes next to the sea. It is a small but attractive place
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  • 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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  • My dog and I both l9ve the park, unfortunately it's full of homeless people at night, and they gave harassed us on multiple occasions. Don't forget your mace if you're going there at night. It acts as a great deterrent.
  • We were visiting Seattle from out of town prior to our cruise. We were told by our tour guide to grab some lunch from one of the many wonderful vendors in Pike Market and head over to the Victor Steinbrueck Park to eat and take in the beautiful scenery. We were greeted by MANY homeless people and drug addicts and the AWFUL PUTRID smell of rotting urine and feces! No appetite after that!! STAY AWAY from this spot! NO COPS in sight and no one seems to care about doing anything to clean this spot up...the scenery is beautiful, but can't really enjoy it!
  • Great views, great smells and easy access to recreation.
  • View is great. Park is well kept. However, there is an uneasy mix of tourists and down on their luck locals. The hapless seem harmless, but there seem to be a lot of them. Mostly they seem to stick together, but some territory issues.
  • With such amazing views and so close to Pikes market I really wanted to give this place a better review. However, drug usage and homelessness is rampant in this little park. I'd say take a look but be ready for loud noise from the road and the smell of urine and trash.