To celebrate 50th anniversary of the Seattle World Fair, the 74-acre Seattle Center is an educational campus consisting of open space, repurposed fair buildings and a slew of new attractions tailor made for large groups only blocks away from downtown Seattle.
“Seattle Center is a typically eclectic Northwest place: part park, part cultural center, part community gathering ground,” says director Robert Nellams. “It’s a hotchpotch of multi-functioning spaces that include an amphitheater, lawn and break-out room. This property has no problem accommodating factions of all sizes and agendas.”
While dozens of planned art installations, that include a mobile pop-up gallery and performance space using a van and a Vespa (you read it right,) new guided tours and art restoration projects have benefited from the major facelift. The center is pulling out all stops with a breathtaking new $20 million Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit, the first comprehensive and permanent survey of Chihuly’s work. The phantasmagoric works of the artist will flow throughout the 17,000 sf of galleries and eventually spill out onto the gardens.
Newly created Seattle Center Armory will serve as center’s gastronomical hub, offering some of city’s finest examples of its burgeoning mobile food purveyors. This new posh food court will be accessible through the renovated architectural gem that epitomizes uber cool marriage of concrete, steel and glass, leading out onto new outdoor deck.
These Seattle Center upgrades are part of a city-wide, 6-month celebration of the World Fair, which bequeathed the famed Space Needle and created the open urban blueprint for the next half-century.