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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Category: Buildings

BUILDINGS

February 21, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Outdoor advertising trend not a good sign for the city

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Sketched Feb. 19, 2014

Almost five years ago, for my first Seattle Sketcher column, I drew a part of Aurora Avenue that a local politician had called “visual garbage.”

Now some of that blight seems to have spread downtown. Buildings are doubling as billboards, with giant ads plastered on their sides like big, ugly Band-Aids.

Take the Oxford Apartments at First Avenue and Stewart Street for example. As if a standalone billboard wasn’t enough, two other ads cover almost every brick in sight. Just around the block I found more “wallscapes” advertising iPhones, boots, cameras and rental car companies.

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0 Comments | More in Buildings | Topics: Downtown

January 31, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Museum stands out in a park of attractions

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Sketched Jan. 28, 2014

The Seattle Asian Art Museum location in Volunteer Park may be both a curse and a blessing.

Its splendid art deco building is a perfect match for its setting high on Capitol Hill. But the grounds are so beautiful that you may lose track of time climbing up the Water Tower or peeking through Isamu Noguchi’s “Black Sun” sculpture before you go into the museum.

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0 Comments | More in Buildings, History, Museums | Topics: Capitol Hill

January 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Queen Anne Library to turn page on century of memories

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Sketched Jan. 2, 2014

Some of my happiest childhood memories are of the hours reading and drawing at my neighborhood library in Spain. There I amused myself copying characters from my favorite comic books.

I experienced a bit of that creative feeling a few days ago at the Queen Anne Library. Only, instead of drawing cartoons, I sketched an interesting exhibit of period clothing that included the stiff morning suit you see in my sketch. The attire contrasted with the casual sportswear worn by a man who was browsing his digital reader. (Thank goodness for fashion evolution!)

The garments from the Goodwill Vintage Fashion Collection add to the historic atmosphere of the branch, which is hosting a 100th anniversary party Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. During the event, assistant branch manager Jennifer Force will share a scrapbook of memories that patrons are submitting in person and by email to carnegiememories@spl.org.

I had never been to the cozy old library before, but I hope this column can qualify for the memory book.

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0 Comments | More in Buildings, Community, History | Topics: Queen Anne

December 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Old city bathhouses stage comeback

Sketched Nov. 18, 2013 Talk about an interesting transformation. Back in the early 70s, when people stopped using the city’s historic bathhouses as places to change into their swimwear, the little brick buildings were repurposed as art centers. Currently, Seward Park’s is a ceramic studio, Madrona Beach’s hosts a dance company, and…

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0 Comments | More in Buildings, History, Waterscapes | Topics: Green Lake

October 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

End of the line for old bus station

Sketched Sept. 26, 2013 The days of the downtown Greyhound Bus Terminal are numbered. The entire city block where one of Seattle’s oldest transportation hubs has stood since 1927 is slated for redevelopment next year. Will we miss it? The significance of the building may be lost at first sight. The majority of the original brick…

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0 Comments | More in Buildings, History, Transportation | Topics: Downtown

February 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM

The beacon that graduated Amazon

Sketched Feb. 12, 2013 

It sits atop Beacon Hill like, well, a beacon: the striking orange brick
 building that no one seems to call by the same name. 
Built in 1933 as the U.S. Marine Hospital, it was later known as the 
Pacific Medical Center and still houses the medical provider in the
 ground and basement…

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0 Comments | More in Buildings, History | Topics: Beacon Hill

January 11, 2013 at 9:08 PM

MOHAI looks truly shipshape

Sketched Jan. 3, 2013 When the Museum of History & Industry moved to the old Naval Reserve armory last month, the art-deco building from the Depression era became its newest, and largest, exhibition piece. I’ve seen the monumental building many times, but I had never noticed how much it looks like an actual ship ready…

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0 Comments | More in Buildings, Museums, Parks | Topics: Lake Union, South Lake Union

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