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Architecture & Engineering


By Clair Enlow

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January 24, 2001

Pioneer Square keeps its spirit intact

  • As Seattle contemplates the fall of a monument, upwardly mobile Bellevue claims a new destination on the architecture map.
  • Was one century enough for Pioneer Square? Accidents of nature and traffic have recently reminded us that the place is not only precious, but very fragile. The neighborhood -- with its unique blend of Gold Rush claptrap, turn-of-the-century splendor and tourist kitsch -- is having a run of bad luck.

    The center of the frontier boomtown was rediscovered and restored a generation ago, only to be trammeled by sports fans, discovered by high-tech tycoons and overwhelmed by the architectural momentum of the last two years.

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