Art Deco Gems Of Seattle

Seattle, WA

  • The Exchange Building in downtown Seattle.
  • Beautiful art deco elevator in the Exchange Building.
  • The Federal Office Building.
  • The Federal's backside, with the Exchange Building looming over it.
  • Seattle Tower's main entrance.
  • An elevator-filled lobby that was supposed to be inspired by an Egyptian tomb.
  • Terracotta details on the Olympic Tower.
  • Olympic Tower as seen from Macy's.

1 hour and 15 minutes
1.6 mi
Guided by Michiel


In Seattle's modern skyscraper-filled downtown, it seems like architectural heritage is few and far between. Most of it is just glass and steel (post-)modern rectangles. But look closely, and you will find some real Art Deco gems, full of detail and beauty. Many of them were the city's first skyscrapers, now dwarfed by newer, colder structures. We decided to put these architectural jewels on the map. Join us on a walk of Art Deco masterpieces in downtown Seattle and find out what makes them special.

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I'm Michiel, the founder and editor of - a website about places overlooked by guidebooks and crowds. Many of these places are every bit as fascinating as the more-famous sights, and all without having to share it with thousands of other people.

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Guide Points

  1. Exchange Building

    I'm glad you come on this walk of Art Deco treasures of Seattle. As a resident of Seattle and architecture fanatic, these buildings hold a …

  2. Federal Office Building

    This building has the works. The ziggurat top, heavily stylized geometric decorations and octagonal lamps all scream 'Art Deco.'

  3. Seattle Tower

    It has a fairly non-descript name, but The Seattle Tower was originally known as the Northern Life Tower, named for the insurance company w…

  4. 1411 4th Ave Building

    It looks like somebody forgot to come up with a proper name for this building. Or maybe the multiple owners couldn't agree on one.

  5. Olympic Tower

    Built in 1929, this was originally named United Shopping Tower: a slightly comical name for what was supposed to be Seattle's first covered…

  6. Macy's

    The All-American department store has hit upon hard times, especially in the city of Amazon, but this building is witness to the glory days…

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