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The Seattle Sketcher

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

Topic: Pioneer Square

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February 1, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Downstairs stroll in an earlier Seattle

Sketched Jan. 23, 2013 Tour guide Rose Zeringer turns off the lights and points to a 120-year-old skylight above us: “This is how they lit up the underground before electricity.” The Underground Tour, created by Bill Speidel in 1965, is no staged production. You get to walk through the subterranean sidewalks and building spaces left behind…

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January 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM

So cold, even the trees need socks

Sketched Jan. 17 On Tuesday afternoon, as Seattle was bracing for today’s snowfall, I stumbled upon another tree-socks art installation by Suzanne Tidwell at Occidental Park. Tidwell is one of the Sammamish guerrilla knitters I sketched and wrote about last spring. The multi-colored tree-socks couldn’t be more fitting during these cold days we are having. At…

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April 9, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Stroll through architectural history

April 8, 12:07 p.m. [Click on sketches to view larger] Pioneer Square is not my usual stomping ground, but I could spend days walking around the historic district. Architectural gems from the late 19th century and early 20th century are hidden in plain view: walruses at the 1917 Arctic Building or this red terra-cotta…

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