April 25, 2017
December 30, 2015
By Patrick Mazza
As the new century dawned, major changes were in store for South Lake Union. The low-slung light industrial district occupied by warehouses, supply shops and auto dealerships was set to become the epicenter of Seattle’s development boom.
In anticipation, the district’s major landowner and lead developer, Vulcan, commissioned the Urban Environment Institute and veteran green architect Bert Gregory to develop a framework and handbook that would make SLU a world-class green development model.… More
December 12, 2015
by Patrick Mazza
I had to think long and hard about this story.
I started out many months ago with a simple concept. I would interview Bert Gregory of the Mithun architectural firm about a seminal sustainability plan he did for South Lake Union back in 2001 in anticipation of the building boom.… More
November 28, 2015
UFO sightings, new geological formations, signs of the times, and holiday cheer; walking is when you really see things, despite the boring stretches (as one of our party complained).
Or maybe because of them.
Here are a few photos of things that caught our eye the day after Thanksgiving:
November 11, 2015
Seattle Department of Transportation held an open house last night about plans to replace the 65-year-old Fairview Trestle that runs beside the historic Lake Union Steam Plant building with a modern bridge. Construction of the new bridge is planned for spring 2017, and that’s when the detours would start.… More
October 4, 2015
It stands out on South Lake Union Park like some strange temporary construction structure, which it is, but it’s also an art installation that contains and recalls a time before there was any construction on the shores of Lake Union.
As its plaque explains, “Beach House is inspired by early Native American dwellings cross-pollinated by today’s frame-construction houses.… More
October 4, 2015
August 17, 2015
Yesterday, the Egan House, that curious white, wedge-shaped building building on Lakeview Blvd. was open to the public. Historic Seattle owns the house, while the Seattle Parks Department owns the greenbelt. Every few years Historic Seattle will open the house to the public for tours and as a reminder of the building’s architectural significance to Seattle.… More
July 24, 2015
December 2, 2014
The Thanksgiving weekend cold snap created this icicled scene in the fountain at Chandlers Cove Sunday. The succession of sunny cold days, unusual for Seattle, left a dusting of snow and ice all around the Lake.