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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Small park with a nice view. Definitely a good meeting point if you are meeting with friends or family and walk the market. You could also buy food and make a picnic here. There's plenty of restaurant options around. It's usually crowded more in the summer.
  • Got married here. A little more privacy for the fee would have been more appropriate. Or free with crowds.
  • Oh yes, this is a good place to get some local flavor. I did some shopping here for a tie-dyed shirt and a wallet made from an inner tube.
  • A delightfully open park with different little sections, including a water fountain and playground. If you are not from Seattle, be warned that there is a homeless population that hangs out here, but keep in mind they are human just like us and won't bother you! They have a ton of benches here to just hang out and a beautiful stair area.
  • Otherwise nice view ruined by crazy violent homeless people. Watch them fight each other, argue and curse at imaginary adversaries... and attack you any chance they get. Here's one that attacked me. I guess Seattle is so rich it likes the homeless better than tourists.

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