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The Seattle Sketcher

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

Topic: Downtown waterfront

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March 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Nothing curious about this old shop’s success


Sketched March 6, 2014

Shrunken heads from the Amazon. A two-headed lamb. Totem poles carved by local Native Americans. A hat worn by Chief Seattle.

The Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on Pier 54 isn’t the tourist trap I expected. It’s like a museum that epitomizes the same weird Seattle I love for its Fremont Troll, Archie McPhee or the Pike Place Gum Wall.


Comments | More in Businesses, History | Topics: Downtown waterfront

November 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Breaking ground by breaking ice again

Sketched Nov. 26, 2013 For the first time in years, the Polar Star is about to go break some ice. Budget cuts and repairs kept the aging heavy-duty icebreaker sidelined since 2006, but come Tuesday, it will leave Pier 36 on a four-month deployment to Antarctica. Deck Officer Paul Garcia said the mission is to break a…


Comments | More in Boats, Military, Waterscapes | Topics: Downtown waterfront

March 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Can old waterfront streetcars get back on track?

Sketched Feb. 27 and March 5, 2013 I’ve yet to talk to a person in Seattle who didn’t love the George Benson waterfront streetcars. Since 2005, they’ve been stored at a facility in Sodo where Metro kindly let this newspaper artist roam around. As I was sizing up the cavernous room, I stumbled upon a “RIDER ALERT”…


Comments | More in Public transportation, Transportation | Topics: Downtown, Downtown waterfront

September 4, 2011 at 10:31 PM

A day under the viaduct

Sketched Aug. 30 “An elevated freeway right on the waterfront? What a waste of space.” That’s what my little tourist brain thought about the Alaskan Way Viaduct when I first visited Seattle in 1995, more than a decade before I moved here for good. But now I understand why the viaduct is there. When it was built in…


Comments | Topics: Downtown waterfront, Viaduct

January 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM

What’s your viaduct story?

Sketched Jan. 11, 12:26 p.m., from Victor Steinbrueck Park. I’m looking to sketch some views around the viaduct before it’s gone. I saw it for the first time in 1995 during a weekend visit to Seattle when I lived in Reno, Nevada, where I worked for the local newspaper as a graphic artist, my first job…


Comments | Topics: Downtown waterfront, Viaduct